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Marine Corps Support Facility - New Orleans

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The Marine Corps Support Facility in New Orleans is the national headquarters for the Marine Forces Reserve. The secure installation includes a four-story main building, a two-story band annex, a detached warehouse and a multi-purpose parade ground for music and military exercises.

More than 190 wall panels were poured, including panels as tall as 72 feet high and weighing as much as 130,000 pounds. Inside, the building features a gymnasium, indoor laser firing range, auditorium, cafeteria, and courtroom as well as family meeting rooms, conference rooms and band practice rooms.

The owner selected Tilt-Up construction for this impressive building for speed, durability and weather resistance. Tilt-Up also provides the security necessary for the facility, without compromising aesthetic appeal. Textured paint, intricate rustication patterns and cast-in thin brick accent this massive structure. Cornice details were cast integrally with the wall panels, providing significant cost savings to the owner.

By using Tilt-Up construction, the owner saved $2 million and accelerated the schedule by three months.


Project Specifics

Total Panels (Single Building)
206 panels
Project Floor Area
417,000 sq ft
(38,739 sq m)
Project Footprint
94,478 sq ft
(8,777 sq m)
Tallest Panel
72 ft 6 in
(22.10 m)
Widest Panel
20 ft 3 in
(6.17 m)
Heaviest Panel
141,000 lbs
(63,957 kg)
Longest Spandrel Panel
35 ft 8 in
(10.88 m)

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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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