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SRI at Rockingham

TCA Tilt-Up Project Profile - Office Division

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Completed in less than 34 months from the time of the Governor of Virginia‘s announcement about this project, this two-story high-tech, cost-effective bio-research facility is the first of its kind in western Virginia. This design-build project created a home for SRI Shenandoah Valley, the anchor facility at the recently developed Rockingham County Research and Technology Park. SRI has established the Center for Advanced Drug Research (CADRE), which will advance the productivity of the pharmaceutical industry, help our nation respond to bio-threats, and develop life-saving treatments for neglected and orphan diseases.

The facility is a combination of office space, meeting rooms, and research space, which includes several BSL-2 and BSL-3 laboratories and an insectary. Tilt-Up concrete panels are complemented by a combination of silver composite metal panels and pewter ribbed metal panels, which help create the building‘s dynamic recesses and form. SRI embraces the newest concept in laboratory design, which inspires creative thinking by allowing the surrounding vistas to become part of the research environment through large window openings. The exterior envelope was rapidly constructed to allow more time for the complex components of the laboratory construction.

The contractor‘s selection of steel and concrete met the owner‘s criteria of anti-vibration, and the low cost envelope of the building allowed for more attention to the lab space, all while maintaining budget. This project signals the beginning of a new business sector for the Shenandoah Valley.

Embraced by the community as a company with endless possibilities, SRI offers the four local colleges and universities opportunities for collaboration and employment for their graduates.


Project Specifics

Total Panels (Single Building)
47 panels
Project Wall Area
27,500 sq ft
(2,555 sq m)
Project Floor Area
58,500 sq ft
(5,435 sq m)
Project Footprint
22,000 sq ft
(2,044 sq m)
Tallest Panel
55 ft 11 in
(17.04 m)
Widest Panel
24 ft 8 in
(7.52 m)
Largest Panel
1,262 sq ft
(117.2 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
133,000 lbs
(60,328 kg)
Tallest Cantilever Panel
13 ft 0 in
(3.96 m)

Participating TCA Members

Nielsen Builders, Inc.
General contractor, Tilt-Up contractor
LJB Inc.Sustaining Member icon
Structural designer
Dayton Superior CorporationSustaining Member icon
Lifting hardware, Braces
Nox-Crete Products GroupSustaining Member icon
Bond breaker, Form release
Victory Bear
Tincher's Welding LLC
Structural steel fabricator
Tincher's Welding LLC
Structural steel fabricator

About the TCA

Founded in 1986, the Tilt-Up Concrete Association (TCA) strives to improve the quality and acceptance of site-cast Tilt-Up construction, a method in which concrete wall panels are cast on-site and tilted into place. Tilt-Up construction is one of the fastest growing industries in the United States, combining the advantages of reasonable cost with low maintenance, durability, speed of construction and minimal capital investment. At least 10,000 buildings, enclosing more than 650 million square feet, are constructed each year using this construction method.

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