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Quality Bicycle Products

TCA Tilt-Up Project Profile - Warehouse/Distribution Division

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Overview

It was the intent of this design team to provide Quality Bicycle Products (QBP) with a fun, healthy, energy-efficient working environment and to provide them with a facility that will reinforce their leadership role in doing business in an environmentally responsible manner. The original intent was to obtain a LEED Gold Certification upon completion of the project. The owner, design team and contractor were able to exceed the original expectation and have submitted for a LEED Platinum Certification, which is the highest possible LEED Certification. The use of tilt-up concrete was a major factor in accomplishing energy efficient, sustainable construction.

The use of tilt-up concrete eliminated the need for other additional finish materials which are typically required for other types of construction. Tilt-up concrete wall construction is ideal for improving thermal efficiency because it eliminates air movement through a building's wall. This project utilized insulated wall panels. Concrete also provides thermal mass. The tilt-up construction qualified as a regional material and also has a high recycled material content. Material waste is also greatly reduced with tilt-up construction.

Large windows in the office areas provided natural light. The warehouse / distribution portion of the building also had an abundance of natural light by utilizing transom windows and skylights.

Features

Large windows in the office areas provided natural light. The warehouse / distribution portion of the building also had an abundance of natural light by utilizing transom windows and skylights.

Segmented panels across the front of the office area created a large curved wall. A contemporary / modern feel was achieved by the random window and jamb widths, which were also staggered between the main level and second level. The office area has a large open floor plan.

The reveals in the warehouse / distribution walls are at random angles and spacing, inspired by the spokes on a bicycle wheel.

Recognition

The building provides a fun, healthy, energy-efficient working environment and provides them with a facility that will reinforce their leadership role in doing business in an environmentally responsible manner. The has been submitted for a LEED Platinum Certification, which is the highest possible LEED Certification.

Additional information

This project has been submitted for Platinum LEED Certification.

Although the wall panels along the front of the building create a large curved wall, and are irregular due to the somewhat random window and jamb widths and spacing... the panels are still designed to resist seismic forces.

The building design, orientation, method of construction and MEP controls make this a remarkable distribution facility of the future. The building utilizes ground source heat, solar panels, specialty controls, natural lighting, reflective roof and paving surfaces, waterless urinals, etc.

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Project Specifics

Project Floor Area
95,248 sq ft
(8,849 sq m)
Project Footprint
85,528 sq ft
(7,946 sq m)
Tallest Panel
34 ft 0 in
(10.36 m)

Participating TCA Members

AE URBIA / J M Williams and Associates, Inc.
Architect

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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