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Errol & Susan Russell Home

TCA Tilt-Up Project Profile - Housing Division

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The panels for the French country-style home were cast and erected in two phases to ensure that no unnecessary trees would have to be removed from the property. The exterior walls were composed primarily of 6- to 8-inch limestone rock, which was over-mortared when the house neared completion. Full-size bricks were also cast into the panels, and a small amount of dry mortar mix was placed in the joints to keep the brick from moving when the concrete was poured.

The fireplace, cast with two Tilt-Up panels, presented a particular set of challenges. The U-shaped panels had to fit together perfectly and present a finish that was consistent with the other panels. In addition, the erection of the second panel proved difficult, as the location of the first panel interfered with the cable release hardware. Further, the mason was initially uncertain about installing the firebrick and damper since the Tilt-Up method had reversed the normal order of installation.

The house includes other distinctive architectural features, such as a rolled-top window on the front of the house that forces the panel line above the roof line, a bay window on a 45-degree angle that was cast so the front panel is supported by two side panels, and a fountain and Koi pond below the bay window formed from three cast panels.

With a goal of constructing a Tilt-Up home that did not look like Tilt-Up, this project was obviously successful, remarked judges. This project was deemed award-winning for the embedment of a variety of materials that creates the look of a country cottage constructed of field stone by local craftsmen.


Project Specifics

Project Floor Area
5,000 sq ft
(465 sq m)
Tallest Panel
28 ft 0 in
(8.53 m)
Largest Panel
271 sq ft
(25.2 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
30,500 lbs
(13,835 kg)

Participating TCA Members

E V Cox Construction Co
General contractor, Tilt-Up contractor
Meadow BurkeSustaining Member icon
Lifting hardware

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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