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Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport Transportation and Maintenance Facility

TCA Tilt-Up Project Profile - Warehouse/Distribution Division

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Serving as the main entrance to the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PSHIA), the City of Phoenix wanted an interesting rental car center and bus operations facility that promotes civic and community pride. To meet dynamic visual demands, the facility — a gateway to the airport — incorporated the look of the Sonoran desert canyon landscape.

The ease of construction and well organized project schedule of the Tilt-Up method worked well with the architectural aesthetic. Each Tilt-Up concrete stained panel was unique in size and pattern for the 6,892-square-foot office, 17,959-square-foot maintenance facility, 3,502-square-foot wash room and 2,993-square-foot mezzanine. The panels were constructed with varying textures to ensure the presence of the Sonoran desert.

To mark entry and public areas, the silhouette of the panels were gently angled upward to the west. The verticality of the concrete panels was offset by deeply recessed windows, which maximize views from the interior.

The color-scheme selected mimics the tones and textures of a natural desert environment.  The Tilt-Up method allowed for patterns accented by deep recesses and sharp, angular projections. 
Oftentimes, bus service facilities are not the most imaginative.

With such high visibility to vehicular traffic traveling to and from PSHIA, the Tilt-Up method enhanced the architectural landscape.


Project Specifics

Project Floor Area
28,353 sq ft
(2,634 sq m)
Tallest Panel
33 ft 10 in
(10.31 m)
Largest Panel
937 sq ft
(87.0 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
105,000 lbs
(47,627 kg)

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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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