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Evie Garrett Dennis Campus

TCA Tilt-Up Project Profile - Educational Division

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Designed and built in just 16 months, the Evie Garrett Dennis Campus is the first Tilt-Up school for the Denver Public School system and one of the fastest-designed and -constructed K-12 schools in Colorado.

To facilitate construction scheduling, the campus (composed of three educational academies and a Student Union) was designed entirely with the use of Revit, a 3-D Building Information Modeling software. All four buildings feature exterior load-bearing Tilt-Up walls, while the Union building also includes some interior Tilt-Up.

The buildings incorporate several different finishes, including painted panels with articulated rustications and cast-in brick, plus integrally colored and textured panels designed to represent Colorado's topography. Leaning panels at entries and classrooms add further architectural flare.

The close proximity of the academies necessitated an immense focus on panel layout, requiring numerous casting beds.

The split-level structure of the Union - at the east and west elevations, panels were used to retain earth instead of cast-in-place concrete walls - created further casting-bed challenges.

With its use of ground-source heat pumps, a 300-kilowatt solar energy system, customized daylight glazing, light harvesting, and advanced digital controls, the project has already been called one of the most energy efficient and state-of-the-art schools in Colorado.

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Project Specifics

Project Wall Area
113,000 sq ft
(10,498 sq m)
Project Floor Area
188,000 sq ft
(17,465 sq m)
Project Footprint
100,000 sq ft
(9,290 sq m)
Tallest Panel
45 ft 0 in
(13.72 m)
Widest Panel
30 ft 0 in
(9.14 m)
Largest Panel
935 sq ft
(86.9 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
135,000 lbs
(61,235 kg)
Longest Spandrel Panel
16 ft 0 in
(4.88 m)

Participating TCA Members

Saunders Construction Inc
General contractor, Tilt-Up contractor
Meadow BurkeSustaining Member icon
Lifting hardware, Braces, Bond breaker
ThermomassSustaining Member icon
Insulation systems
Scott System, Inc.
Form release
Fitzgerald Formliners
Form liners

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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