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Port City Community Church

TCA Tilt-Up Project Profile - Spiritual Division

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To create a contemporary-looking house of worship that could both withstand the harsh coastal conditions in Wilmington, N.C. and provide superior acoustic quality, the members of the Port City Community Church sought to convert an original load-bearing masonry design to Tilt-Up. The resulting structure, which incorporates three large assembly areas designed to hold up to 5,000 people, was built in a segmented-radius design that emanates from multiple 250-foot radius points.

Joists spanning up to 100 feet in length intersect the Tilt-Up walls at sharp angles for a dramatic effect. Because all of the walls were skewed and few of the joists were the same length, accuracy was of the utmost importance and was carefully checked by engineers and material providers. Textured white paint, an exterior steel tube trellis, and a green glass rotunda help to emphasize the modernity of the structure. The interior of the building features stained concrete floors and a $1.3 million state-of-the-art audiovisual system.

Not only did Tilt-Up help save nearly $700,000 off the project’s $14.2-million bottom line, but it helped the church achieve a unique, cutting-edge design that accurately reflects its progressive style of worship.


Project Specifics

Total Panels (Single Building)
135 panels
Project Wall Area
60,842 sq ft
(5,652 sq m)
Project Floor Area
90,791 sq ft
(8,434 sq m)
Project Footprint
81,809 sq ft
(7,600 sq m)
Tallest Panel
40 ft 2 in
(12.24 m)
Widest Panel
32 ft 2 in
(9.82 m)
Largest Panel
1,056 sq ft
(98.1 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
143,470 lbs
(65,077 kg)

Participating TCA Members

Edifice Inc
General contractor
T & M Tilt-Up, Inc.
Tilt-Up contractor
Meadow BurkeSustaining Member icon
Lifting hardware, Braces
Nox-Crete Products GroupSustaining Member icon
Bond breaker, Form release

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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