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Inland Empire Paper Company Entry

TCA Tilt-Up Project Profile - Special Projects Division

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In preparation for their centennial celebration, Inland Empire Paper Company wanted to expand their 1930s headquarters and create a modern entry that would blend with the historic structure.

The unique arch of the entry was constructed using two Tilt-Up panels and a vaulted roof; detail strips on the panel edges, cast-in thin brick and a carefully matched terra cotta stain help the concrete mimic the appearance of the existing building. The team also replicated the arched windows of the existing structure on the new entry.

The fact that the original building was significantly out of vertical plane (varying by as much as two and a half inches on each side of the opening) presented a major challenge, but Tilt-Up afforded the ability to correct the planarity of the existing structure. The team marked a vertical line and measured back to the wall at three-foot intervals to create a tracing of the existing conditions. This information was used to vary the thickness of a short return leg of the panel, which resulted in a uniform joint width throughout the height of the panel.

The resulting entry provides the owner with a modern corporate image while keeping the historic nature of the structure intact.


Project Specifics

Project Wall Area
1,065 sq ft
(99 sq m)
Project Floor Area
324 sq ft
(30 sq m)
Project Footprint
324 sq ft
(30 sq m)
Tallest Panel
44 ft 0 in
(13.41 m)
Widest Panel
22 ft 7 in
(6.88 m)
Largest Panel
802 sq ft
(74.5 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
78,310 lbs
(35,521 kg)

Participating TCA Members

DIVCON, Inc.Sustaining Member iconSustaining Member icon
General contractor, Tilt-Up contractor
Meadow BurkeSustaining Member icon
Lifting hardware
Dayton Superior CorporationSustaining Member icon
Tilt-Up accessories
Innovative Brick Systems LLCSustaining Member icon
Form liner

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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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