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ASU Student Housing

TCA Tilt-Up Project Profile - Housing Division

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ASU Downtown Housing was a fast paced concrete frame 14 stories above grade with tilt walls stacking up to build the stair wells on each end of the two buildings. Eight panels were stacked on top of each other all the way up past the roof to create a parapet. The walls had to match Architectural CIP Elevator core.

All the panels on the east side had no access for a conventional crane, so the tower crane was used to set them. All the panels were poured at an off site location then unloaded at a single on-site location. The tower crane could not run two lines, so the panels were picked flat for trucking then transferred to the tower crane using top picks in mid-air so the edges would not be damaged.

Specifications required that no patch would be acceptable on panels. All panels met this requirement.

Reaching 138' tall for manpower and bracing was the most difficult obstacle. Bracing was achieved back to the CIP frame or opposite lower panels until the cross beam was installed.


Project Specifics

Total Panels (Single Building)
67 panels
Project Wall Area
12,300 sq ft
(1,143 sq m)
Project Floor Area
366,500 sq ft
(34,048 sq m)
Tallest Panel
18 ft 0 in
(5.49 m)

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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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