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Vesta Bombardier L85-1

TCA Tilt-Up Project Profile - Manufacturing/Industrial Division

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Besides the aesthetics needed by the architect, tilt up brought to the table the speed needed to complete the project on time. As major changes occurred in the original Owner requirements, time constrains did not move accordingly. Also, the building developer has as an internal strength, the use of concrete walls in the perimeter for both appearance and endurance. But the use of tilt ups against precast panels provided also and economical solution, replacing perimeter steel columns with the use of load bearing walls.


Walls thickness were reduced in sections, in order to make the final appearance of some windows as continuous through side-by-side panels. Also, vertical windows were used to provide better interior lighting. Finally, building's corner was used to support the panoramic sign of the park (arch), without the use of a big steel columns to support it. Also panels were tied together to span an 80' wide hangar door, and were supported on both sides by load bearing panels and steel structure.


The project is being submitted in Canada for some engineering prizes, but they are still not granted.

Additional information

The project was designed to obtain a LEED certification, but revision is still pending.


Project Specifics

Total Panels (Single Building)
90 panels
Project Wall Area
87,055 sq ft
(8,087 sq m)
Project Floor Area
185,236 sq ft
(17,208 sq m)
Project Footprint
159,328 sq ft
(14,802 sq m)
Tallest Panel
56 ft 6 in
(17.22 m)
Widest Panel
25 ft 9 in
(7.85 m)
Heaviest Panel
114,118 lbs
(51,763 kg)
Longest Spandrel Panel
20 ft 0 in
(6.10 m)

Participating TCA Members

Meadow BurkeSustaining Member icon
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Dayton Superior CorporationSustaining Member icon
Nox-Crete Products GroupSustaining Member icon

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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