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TCA Tilt-Up Project Profile - Manufacturing/Industrial Division

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This project required hundreds of hours over a period of six months assisting the general contractor, owner and design team with the budgeting and design of this 60+ foot-tall test hall with attached warehouse and administration building. Because of its known inherent durability, as well as its diverse architectural flexibility, the design/build team felt Tilt-Up construction was the ideal choice for this building. Further, the structure required insulated panels, which were easily incorporated into this structure in a manner that allows for a hard-wall system on both exposed surfaces.

The test hall, which is used for igniting fires and extinguishing them with state-of-the-art fire suppression technology, was constructed of insulated panels consisting of a 12-inch thick structural wythe, 2 inches of polyisocyanurate insulation, and a 3-3/4-inch architectural wythe for a total thickness of 17-3/4 inches.

The panels were erected with 300-ton and 275-ton crawler cranes. The exterior of the tall test hall tower section of the main building has a random vertical reveal pattern 3 inches wide x 1-1/2 inches deep that creates an image of live flames of a fire, and the support sections of the building utilize an 8 x 16 burnished masonry embedded veneer. This was a LEED Gold Certified Project.


Project Specifics

Total Panels (Single Building)
50 panels
Project Wall Area
38,800 sq ft
(3,605 sq m)
Project Floor Area
19,750 sq ft
(1,835 sq m)
Project Footprint
19,750 sq ft
(1,835 sq m)
Tallest Panel
67 ft 0 in
(20.42 m)
Widest Panel
25 ft 9 in
(7.85 m)
Largest Panel
1,758 sq ft
(163.3 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
268 lbs
(122 kg)
Recycled Content
134 tons (US)

Participating TCA Members

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Tilt-Up contractor
Meadow BurkeSustaining Member icon
Lifting hardware
HD Supply Construction & Industrial White Cap
Bracing hardware
SpecChem, LLC
Form realease
ThermomassSustaining Member icon
Insulation system
Advanced Formliners LLC

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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