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Colegio e Iglesia Bautista Cristiana

TCA Tilt-Up Project Profile - Spiritual Division

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The Colegio e Iglesia Bautista Cristiana Project is a three-story Tilt-Up religious and educational building conceived to recreate an open bible on the plan view. The hard cover of the book is on the east side of the building. The book pages are recreated with the parallel configuration wall panels on the north and south side of the building. Colored panel walls are manufactured using white cement and white limestone aggregate to recreate a natural beige color of an antique bible paper.

The building holds the school and a Christian Baptist Church. The church roof area was made with metal deck and lightweight concrete topping. The school slabs were fabricated with a two-way stay waffle slab, the school roof was fabricated in metal deck topped with lightweight concrete. The church area has a clearance height of 30 feet.

Tilt-Up wall panels were used in this project because the low bearing capacity of the soil forced the used of cast-in-place concrete piles as the foundation. In this manner, the wall panels behave as spandrel panels.


Project Specifics

Total Panels (Single Building)
57 panels
Project Wall Area
37,200 sq ft
(3,456 sq m)
Project Floor Area
49,000 sq ft
(4,552 sq m)
Project Footprint
21,100 sq ft
(1,960 sq m)
Tallest Panel
50 ft 0 in
(15.24 m)
Widest Panel
24 ft 0 in
(7.32 m)
Heaviest Panel
111,000 lbs
(50,349 kg)

Participating TCA Members

Contratistas Civiles Y Mecanicos SASustaining Member iconSustaining Member icon
General contractor, Project engineer
Meadow BurkeSustaining Member icon
Lifting hardware, Bracing

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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