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National Cancer Institute's Advanced Technology Research Facility

TCA Tilt-Up Project Profile - Office Division

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This facility is home to the National Cancer Institute's Advanced Technology Research Facility at Riverside Research Park. Tilt-Up construction was the best solution to meet the tight schedule for this large, state-of-the-art facility.

This impressive facility features two separate three-story-high atria with full height curtain wall. The building's design consists of three wings arranged to optimize scenic views and access to natural light. The central atrium and administrative offices connect the laboratory wings and create the primary identity for the building. The curtain wall and metal paneling provide a crisp counterpoint to the organic and textured concrete panels that make up the majority of the building envelope.

Using Tilt-Up also saved the owner $1.4 million compared to masonry construction. Lower insurance rates and maintenance costs, greater insulation value, and reduced impact on the environment made Tilt-Up ideal for this project.


Project Specifics

Total Panels (Single Building)
204 panels
Project Wall Area
185,608 sq ft
(17,243 sq m)
Project Floor Area
332,088 sq ft
(30,851 sq m)
Project Footprint
125,000 sq ft
(11,613 sq m)
Tallest Panel
64 ft 0 in
(19.51 m)
Widest Panel
29 ft 1 in
(8.87 m)
Largest Panel
1,210 sq ft
(112.4 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
128,000 lbs
(58,060 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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