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TCA Tilt-Up Project Profile - Educational Division

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This project utilizes an innovative design solution to construct Tilt-Up concrete over the 40-foot code height limit in high seismic zones. To meet the demands of the architect and the developer for the Business Park, Special Reinforced Concrete Moment Frames were chosen to function as both the exterior skin as well as the Lateral Force Resisting System. The architectural spandrel beams are 5 feet deep, but structurally the beam depths needed to be 3 feet deep to meet strong-column/weak-beam criteria; thick slots at the beam/ column joints provided this. Joints were architecturally masked with horizontal reveals. Panel rebar fabrication was primarily performed in the rebar fabricator's shop and sent as units for final site assembly. Architectural infill panels were incorporated within the typical Concrete Moment Frames to fulfill the desired fenestration for the exterior face of the building. The connections were designed for out-of-plane resistance while the use of rocking bearings allowed for maximum in-plane drifts.

Common to Tilt-Up construction, panel cracking due to shrinkage and thermal cycling had to be limited. Elevated slab dowels at the floors were wrapped in foam while seismic forces were transferred through dowels at the interiors of the frame. This alleviated restraint from shrinkage, allowed frame joint rotation and provided out-of-plane panel anchorage without restricting panel shrinkage / thermal displacement. This was also accommodated at the chord/drag strut splice via elastic lengthening of tie plates on the MC ledgers.


Project Specifics

Total Panels (Single Building)
17 panels
Project Floor Area
73,700 sq ft
(6,847 sq m)
Project Footprint
188,600 sq ft
(17,521 sq m)
Tallest Panel
52 ft 0 in
(15.85 m)
Widest Panel
30 ft 0 in
(9.14 m)

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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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