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Community Bible Church of Beaufort

TCA Tilt-Up Project Profile - Spiritual Division

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The unique geophysical conditions in Beaufort, S.C., played a crucial role in the Tilt-Up design of the Community Bible Church. Not only did the structure have to be able to resist seismic activity and hurricane-force winds (a major factor in the selection of Tilt-Up), but also the building site’s location over a 30-foot-deep marsh required Citadel Contractors to create a foundation that incorporated 380 wood piles. The crew also had to work around existing live oak trees, and all designs were subject to review by an architectural board.

By incorporating details such as thin-set brick, light gold paint, a standing-seam copper roof and a porte-cochere constructed from Tilt-Up spandrel panels atop cast-in-place columns, the contractor was able to pass architectural muster.

The building’s large assembly space posed construction challenges on a tight site—74,000 square feet of panels had to be cast on a 48,200-square-foot floor slab with two different elevations, and the 80-foot steeple, which isn’t directly supported by a foundation, required a steel-braced composite slab at 26 feet above the floor.

In the first six months after the building was completed, the church saw its attendance triple.


Project Specifics

Total Panels (Single Building)
156 panels
Project Wall Area
74,000 sq ft
(6,875 sq m)
Project Floor Area
70,042 sq ft
(6,507 sq m)
Project Footprint
50,546 sq ft
(4,696 sq m)
Tallest Panel
41 ft 6 in
(12.65 m)
Widest Panel
39 ft 11 in
(12.17 m)
Largest Panel
834 sq ft
(77.5 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
110,670 lbs
(50,199 kg)
Tallest Cantilever Panel
32 ft 9 in
(9.98 m)
Longest Spandrel Panel
38 ft 9 in
(11.82 m)

Participating TCA Members

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

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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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