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HighPoint Academy Charter School

TCA Tilt-Up Project Profile - Educational Division

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The exterior design composition of shapes and forms and window shapes uses geometries to emphasize the math and technology educational focus for the building, as well as to maximize daylight. To meet the schools budget and schedule, the contractor encouraged the use of Tilt-Up concrete panels for the wall structure.

This material allowed for a super insulated building envelope as well as a flexibility of shapes and forms that are not as achievable with other exterior building materials. The material's flexibility supported the design team's challenge to keep pace with the creativity of the client and maintain their budget requirements. Taking advantage of the plastic properties of concrete, Tilt-Up panels became textural and sculptural design elements in the interior hallways surrounding the gymnasium, as well as at the exterior through geometric, sloping, and canted forms.

The Tilt-Up concrete walls further allowed for varying textures through the use of form liners and reveals to create visual interest and a unique fenestration design throughout the exterior elevations. The raw surface of the concrete panels enabled the playful use of paint and bold colors to enhance the design and provided a method of way finding and identifying age levels of students.

With a seven-month construction schedule, the project was completed one month early and under budget, which allowed the school to purchase amenities for the building and playground.


Project Specifics

Total Panels (Single Building)
261 panels
Project Wall Area
43,979 sq ft
(4,086 sq m)
Project Floor Area
48,152 sq ft
(4,473 sq m)
Project Footprint
61,447 sq ft
(5,708 sq m)
Tallest Panel
32 ft 11 in
(10.03 m)
Widest Panel
45 ft 7 in
(13.89 m)
Largest Panel
1,336 sq ft
(124.1 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
134,257 lbs
(60,898 kg)
Tallest Cantilever Panel
21 ft 3 in
(6.48 m)
Recycled Content
156 tons (US)

Participating TCA Members

Saunders Construction Inc
General contractor
Meadow BurkeSustaining Member icon
Lifting hardware
HD Supply Construction & Industrial White Cap
ThermomassSustaining Member icon
Insulation system
Fitzgerald Formliners
Form liner

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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