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Utah Career Center for Plumbers, Pipefitters, Welders and HVAC

TCA Tilt-Up Project Profile - Educational Division

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The Utah Career Center goal was to create a learning environment where plumbers, pipefitters, welders and HVAC&R technicians could learn about current and new technology and equipment. The design uses the accent Tilt-Up walls, which have been designed with a 54-inch lean at the ends to identify the administration/common areas from the laboratory wing and classroom wing. Classroom corner windows were created and emphasized through mitered edges of the Tilt-Up panels at all building corners for a more refined aesthetic appeal.

The durability and life cycle benefits of Tilt-Up contribute to the maintenance plan and their pending LEED Gold certification. To avoid having surface mounted conduits running on the walls, electrical conduits in exposed panels were designed to be cast into the concrete to provide a clean "finished" appearance.

The strength of the panels also allowed for great flexibility in window openings which ultimately contributed to 80 percent of the occupied building spaces to receive a minimum 25 foot-candles of natural daylight while more than 90 percent of the building has access to natural views.


Project Specifics

Total Panels (Single Building)
48 panels
Project Wall Area
23,609 sq ft
(2,193 sq m)
Project Floor Area
33,152 sq ft
(3,080 sq m)
Project Footprint
33,152 sq ft
(3,080 sq m)
Tallest Panel
27 ft 4 in
(8.34 m)
Widest Panel
29 ft 11 in
(9.14 m)
Heaviest Panel
66,751 lbs
(30,278 kg)

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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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