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Sunlight Ranch Equestrian Barn

TCA Tilt-Up Project Profile - Innovative Application/Technology Division

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Built as a hurricane-resistant, solid concrete structure, the Sunlight Ranch Equestrian Barn provides protection to its occupants in the event of a storm in the southern Florida region. During the construction of the exclusive equestrian community, the owner - a long-time homebuilder in the area - chose to use Tilt-Up to upstage the current method of construction, which uses wooden materials that would not withstand the damaging winds of a storm. The barn is an open-air structure that can be easily closed during a storm to offer optimal protection to equine occupants, which is a tremendous benefit to the horse owners.

With an aggressive construction schedule accommodating the owner’s commitment to new occupants, temporary casting beds were installed to provide an early start to the panel fabrication. They were done in two sequences due to limited casting space. The contractor was able to utilize Tilt-Up for the interior stall partitions to stabilize the structure. In addition, 3.5-inch demising walls were used between the horse stalls. The roof system utilized a truss/rafter system that rested on top of the Tilt-Up wall and was affixed using straps embedded into the concrete. To ensure the barn complemented existing structures on the campus, a panelized look was created using reveals and the facility was painted red.

The use of Tilt-Up construction offered a unique selling proposition to attract tenants to the barn, which is 100 percent occupied. Further, Tilt-Up provides the long-term durability and low maintenance features that the owner desired. As the first Tilt-Up project of this kind in the area, the Tilt-Up contractor found an additional market for Tilt-Up where the industry can gain market share in equestrian barns throughout the country using this project as an example.


Project Specifics

Total Panels (Single Building)
75 panels
Project Wall Area
11,700 sq ft
(1,087 sq m)
Project Floor Area
12,530 sq ft
(1,164 sq m)
Project Footprint
11,930 sq ft
(1,108 sq m)
Tallest Panel
27 ft 3 in
(8.31 m)
Widest Panel
36 ft 5 in
(11.11 m)
Largest Panel
492 sq ft
(45.7 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
32,200 lbs
(14,606 kg)

Participating TCA Members

Woodland Tilt-UpSustaining Member iconSustaining Member icon
Tilt-Up contractor
Permit Engineering Services Inc
Project engineer
Meadow BurkeSustaining Member icon
Lifting hardware
Nox-Crete Products GroupSustaining Member icon
Bond breaker, Form release
HD Supply Construction & Industrial White Cap
Tilt-Up accessories

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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