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Physicians Office Pavillion at WakeMed North Healthplex

TCA Tilt-Up Project Profile - Institutional Division

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The decision to use Tilt-Up construction for an 80,000-square-foot office building at WakeMed North Healthplex was an easy one, as the owner was already well-versed in the benefits of the method. However, the surrounding hospital buildings had been constructed on steel frames with brick and EIFS façades, meaning that Citadel Contractors faced a challenge in matching the Tilt-Up structure to those around it.

To do this, the project’s architect conceived a design that includes a 14-foot retaining wall that supports three stories of curtain wall, taking advantage of Tilt-Up’s shear capabilities to overcome structural challenges. Thin brick was applied to the building’s façade to match the brick exteriors of the adjacent buildings.

A 20-foot retaining wall with an integral water feature further ties the new building into its surroundings, and demanded considerable precision and coordination from the contractor when connecting it to the existing hospital. Concrete benches were also added in the courtyard area, and the concrete on the retaining walls was left uncoated to allow its natural beauty to be displayed.


Project Specifics

Total Panels (Single Building)
85 panels
Project Wall Area
39,290 sq ft
(3,650 sq m)
Project Floor Area
80,000 sq ft
(7,432 sq m)
Project Footprint
20,000 sq ft
(1,858 sq m)
Tallest Panel
66 ft 9 in
(20.35 m)
Widest Panel
30 ft 7 in
(9.32 m)
Largest Panel
1,940 sq ft
(180.2 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
145,050 lbs
(65,794 kg)
Tallest Cantilever Panel
20 ft 9 in
(6.32 m)
Longest Spandrel Panel
18 ft 5 in
(5.63 m)

Participating TCA Members

Citadel Contractors, Inc.Sustaining Member iconSustaining Member icon
Tilt-Up contractor
Meadow BurkeSustaining Member icon
Lifting hardware
Nox-Crete Products GroupSustaining Member icon
Bond breaker, Form release
HD Supply Construction & Industrial White Cap
Innovative Brick Systems LLCSustaining Member icon
Cast-in materials

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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