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TCA Tilt-Up Project Profile - Warehouse/Distribution Division

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With an aggressive work schedule, Kraft Construction Company, Incorporated desired an efficient, “timeless building” for its 111,134-square-foot headquarters in Naples, Fla. It was determined that Tilt-Up would allow for a clean, contemporary look, as well as increase the ability to utilize the latest technologies throughout the facility. To meet these goals, special products were used, including self-consolidating concrete and fiber-concrete tubes. In addition, expansive pre-construction Tilt-Up planning included a 4-D design of the facility.

Features of the floor-plan include a 90,138-square-foot office, an 800-square-foot fitness center, a 20,996-square-foot warehouse and 2,380 square feet of communicating spaces. A variety of specially mitered Tilt-Up panels and L-shaped panes were utilized to make up the unusual angles.

The plans also called for large panel openings. To remain on schedule with construction of panels, two steel beams were specially made for the job. One was bolted to the panel being lifted, which would keep the window opening rigid. The other was used to set up for the next panel lifting. Tilt-Up forming techniques were tested to the max to meet the architectural design of cast-in-place walls, columns and stairs.

A minimal amount of treatments were used to illuminate the purity of the structure and signify its light white color-scheme. Spandrel glass was included in the design to match large openings. The communicating spaces include a 40-foot-high architectural concrete wall, cantilevered main stair, architectural concrete reception desk and columns. Connecting the communicating space of buildings one and two is a 30-foot-by-10-foot walkway on the second floor.


Project Specifics

Total Panels (Single Building)
80 panels
Project Wall Area
87,817 sq ft
(8,158 sq m)
Project Floor Area
111,134 sq ft
(10,324 sq m)
Project Footprint
40,544 sq ft
(3,767 sq m)
Tallest Panel
46 ft 3 in
(14.10 m)
Widest Panel
41 ft 8 in
(12.70 m)
Largest Panel
1,465 sq ft
(136.1 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
146,000 lbs
(66,224 kg)
Longest Spandrel Panel
46 ft 3 in
(14.10 m)

Participating TCA Members

Allen Concrete and Masonry, Inc.
Tilt-Up contractor
Meadow BurkeSustaining Member icon
Lifting hardware, Braces
Nox-Crete Products GroupSustaining Member icon
Bond breaker
Textured Coatings of America Inc

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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