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ISL Web Marketing Head Office

TCA Tilt-Up Project Profile - Office Division

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Set in the North End of Halifax, ISL Web Marketing's new head office is a three-and-a-half-story, 8,100-square-foot office space. The client expressed interest in the Tilt-Up method of construction, which served the project well due to the high density location of the land acquired for the project. The building site allowed for only a 50 feet by 50 feet footprint in which to work. The building lift was done within three feet of a neighboring building.

By using a panel as a fire separator, Tilt-Up allowed for the building to go up within this confined space. The street could not be closed during the lift because it was home to a fire station, so the lift continued with one lane closure and traffic control measures. By melding Tilt-Up construction and traditional structural steel clad methods together, the client was able to achieve a unique look to the structure and have an efficient construction timeline. Additionally, the use of BIM modeling using REVIT provided the designers of the building an opportunity to check for interference between the temporary panel bracing and the structural steel floor framing.

For most buildings, the panel bracing falls well below the diaphragm and allows for simple removal of braces once the panels are fully connected to the decking. With ISL's complex geometry, the second and third floor structural steel floor framing was required to be built around the temporary panel bracing until the composite deck on the third floor was fully connected, poured, and cured. Only then could the temporary bracing be removed and the second floor composite deck be installed.


Project Specifics

Total Panels (Single Building)
17 panels
Project Wall Area
3,200 sq ft
(297 sq m)
Project Floor Area
8,100 sq ft
(752 sq m)
Project Footprint
2,700 sq ft
(251 sq m)
Tallest Panel
23 ft 3 in
(7.09 m)
Widest Panel
16 ft 10 in
(5.13 m)
Largest Panel
303 sq ft
(28.1 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
25,600 lbs
(11,612 kg)

Participating TCA Members

B. D. Stevens LimitedSustaining Member iconSustaining Member icon
General contractor, Tilt-Up subcontractor
Meadow BurkeSustaining Member icon
Lifting & bracing hardware
Nox-Crete Products GroupSustaining Member icon
Form release

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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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