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Wheeler Machinery Facility

TCA Tilt-Up Project Profile - Manufacturing/Industrial Division

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As the premier Caterpillar dealer for the Salt Lake City area, Wheeler Machinery’s new office/warehouse facility in Hurricane, Utah, needed to be as durable as the equipment they sell. That, combined with a desire to use the thermal mass of concrete to provide a structure that would stay comfortable in a desert environment, led the company to once again choose Tilt-Up.

The resulting design incorporates sand-blasted, integrally colored panels to provide a pleasing complement to the desert surroundings while requiring little to no maintenance. The centerpiece of the building is its conical-shaped entrance, achieved via Tilt-Up panels cast on a specially shaped casting bed that resembled a skateboard park.

Going from conception to completion in just a year’s time, the facility houses office and warehouse space, a truck shop, a heavy equipment shop, a paint shop, a dynamometer room and a storage mezzanine. Its proven excellence includes a 2008 American Concrete Institute (ACI) Excellence in Concrete award.


Project Specifics

Total Panels (Single Building)
158 panels
Project Wall Area
79,059 sq ft
(7,345 sq m)
Project Floor Area
78,483 sq ft
(7,291 sq m)
Project Footprint
64,713 sq ft
(6,012 sq m)
Tallest Panel
32 ft 6 in
(9.91 m)
Widest Panel
34 ft 8 in
(10.57 m)
Largest Panel
689 sq ft
(64.0 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
59,738 lbs
(27,097 kg)
Longest Spandrel Panel
20 ft 0 in
(6.10 m)

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General contractor
BHB Consulting Engineers PC
Project engineer
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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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