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American LaFrance Office and Warehouse Facility

TCA Tilt-Up Project Profile - Warehouse/Distribution Division

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In celebration of its 175th anniversary, emergency vehicle manufacturer American LaFrance wanted a corporate office complex that would pay homage to its past, while equipping it for the future. They selected a Tilt-Up design with a vintage firehouse aesthetic, and chose Seretta Construction Mid-Atlantic, to construct the 59,110-square-foot office building and 449,850-square-foot warehouse.

The office building is highlighted by two 51-foot-tall brick inlay panels, connected by two spandrel panels at the top and eight accent panels at the base. The brick motif continues on the interior with exposed Tilt-Up panels featuring arched reveals and brick inlay. To create the wood radius reveals, Seretta’s drafting team created CAD drawings of the reveals, which were then milled to perfection.

Leading to the building’s retail space, Seretta poured an old-style city sidewalk inside the building that features hand-tooled joints and an integral curb. In total, the project is comprised of 141 panels, using more than 18,000 cubic yards of concrete and was completed on schedule in 150 days despite many inclement weather delays.

American LaFrance Office and Warehouse recently was the recipient of an Award of Merit from the Association of Builders and Contractors of The Carolinas for their 2007 Excellence in Construction Awards program.


Project Specifics

Total Panels (Single Building)
214 panels
Project Wall Area
166,333 sq ft
(15,452 sq m)
Project Floor Area
508,960 sq ft
(47,282 sq m)
Project Footprint
478,610 sq ft
(44,463 sq m)
Tallest Panel
51 ft 1 in
(15.57 m)
Widest Panel
34 ft 11 in
(10.64 m)
Largest Panel
1,432 sq ft
(133.0 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
143,200 lbs
(64,954 kg)
Longest Spandrel Panel
12 ft 5 in
(3.78 m)

Participating TCA Members

Seretta Construction IncSustaining Member icon
Tilt-Up contractor
Dayton Superior CorporationSustaining Member icon
Lifting hardware, Braces
Innovative Brick Systems LLCSustaining Member icon
Cast-in materials
Sika Greenstreak
Tilt-up accessories

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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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