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Schattdecor, Inc.

TCA Tilt-Up Project Profile - Manufacturing/Industrial Division

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Schattdecor, headquartered in Thansau, Germany, has manufacturing facilities operating in Germany, Poland, Italy, Russia, China, Brazil, Turkey and now the United States. As the first Schattdecor plant constructed in the U.S., every detail needed to reflect the company’s directives and traditions.

The distinctive concrete and glass building, comprising both office and manufacturing facilities, is constructed of architectural Tilt-Up concrete panels. Each panel is articulated with an array of accent reveals, coordinated and aligned with each member of the curtain wall system used throughout the office and printing halls. The design group knew that concrete for load-bearing walls was the material of choice for this facility due to its versatility, price, strength and availability. Utilizing Tilt-Up for the building's construction allowed the design and construction teams to meet the construction schedule and budget.

Exterior concrete walls at the printing area were constructed with a layer of insulation between the structural portion and 'topping' layer of concrete and, due to constraints, were required to be erected from the exterior of the building. These insulated panels fit the mechanical requirements of the space, while providing a damage-resistant surface on the interior. Concrete walls were further utilized to enclose the three 13-by-17-by-18-foot bays used to clean the printing cylinders and other equipment used for ink, and are load bearing for the storage mezzanine above the bays. Multiple large knock-out panels were designed into exterior walls of the building that will allow for the future expansion of the building.


Project Specifics

Total Panels (Single Building)
116 panels
Project Wall Area
62,360 sq ft
(5,793 sq m)
Project Floor Area
103,400 sq ft
(9,606 sq m)
Project Footprint
88,797 sq ft
(8,249 sq m)
Tallest Panel
42 ft 2 in
(12.85 m)
Widest Panel
27 ft 4 in
(8.33 m)
Largest Panel
1,115 sq ft
(103.6 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
86,200 lbs
(39,100 kg)
Longest Spandrel Panel
28 ft 6 in
(8.69 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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