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Johnson Health Technologies

TCA Tilt-Up Project Profile - Warehouse/Distribution Division

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With a September groundbreaking date for a new corporate headquarters for the Wisconsin arm of Taiwan-based Johnson Health Technologies, Newcomb Construction, Inc. was facing a looming deadline for getting the building’s shell up before winter weather descended.

Although the structure was enclosed quickly and fully complete in just over a year, Newcomb didn’t take any shortcuts on the details, working around the challenges posed by unorthodox window placements and insisting upon a high finish quality for the panels in the 45,000-square-foot office building, knowing that many would remain exposed on the interior.

The exterior of the office is characterized by multiple roof heights that create sawtooth skylights and clerestory windows, delivering plenty of natural light into the office. The south façade of the 180,000-square-foot warehouse boasts an architectural “green wall” attached to the Tilt-Up wall and planted with vines that will eventually fill the 350-foot-long by 30-foot-high space.

Named one of Wisconsin Builder’s top projects of 2006, the complex has achieved its goal of providing the company with a unified corporate image to attract overseas investors.


Project Specifics

Total Panels (Single Building)
183 panels
Project Wall Area
60,000 sq ft
(5,574 sq m)
Project Floor Area
225,000 sq ft
(20,903 sq m)
Project Footprint
225,000 sq ft
(20,903 sq m)
Tallest Panel
40 ft 2 in
(12.24 m)
Widest Panel
31 ft 6 in
(9.60 m)
Largest Panel
892 sq ft
(82.9 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
113,988 lbs
(51,704 kg)
Tallest Cantilever Panel
0 ft 0 in
(0.00 m)
Longest Spandrel Panel
0 ft 0 in
(0.00 m)

Participating TCA Members

Newcomb Construction Company
General contractor, Tilt-Up contractor, Project engineer
Meadow BurkeSustaining Member icon
Lifting hardware
Nox-Crete Products GroupSustaining Member icon
Bond breaker
ThermomassSustaining Member icon
Insulation system

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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