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Global Village Academy

TCA Tilt-Up Project Profile - Educational Division

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Global Village Academy is a K-8 charter school that emphasizes an international curriculum and combines immersion education in three world languages (Chinese, Spanish and French). The design concept for the exterior of the building integrated international flags and includes Tilt-Up reveal patterns and paint schemes to add a cultural statement to the building for the activities within.

Making this design a reality required large uninterrupted wall space and minimal wall joints which made Tilt-Up wall construction the perfect choice. However, the design teams had already agreed (due to expansive soil) to use a structural slab on 8-inch void-form supported by drilled piers. Panel casting area now became a cost issue. Waste slabs for the entire building would be too expensive. So, the floor design was changed to handle panel construction weights and erection stresses to minimize waste slabs. A small waste slab was required and used twice. After panel construction was completed, this waste slab was then resurfaced and used as a hard surface playground/basketball court.


Project Specifics

Total Panels (Single Building)
42 panels
Project Wall Area
23,970 sq ft
(2,227 sq m)
Project Floor Area
31,131 sq ft
(2,892 sq m)
Project Footprint
20,564 sq ft
(1,910 sq m)
Tallest Panel
39 ft 5 in
(12.01 m)
Widest Panel
35 ft 2 in
(10.72 m)
Largest Panel
1,156 sq ft
(107.4 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
92,800 lbs
(42,093 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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