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UCSD East Campus Office Building

TCA Tilt-Up Project Profile - Office Division

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The UCSD East Campus Medical Office Building is situated right at the seam of a rustic canyon habitat and the formal Health Sciences Scholar's Walk, and the design of the building provides the link between the two.

The building's shell combines concrete and curtain wall systems to represent and relate to the two types of landscape that surround the building. Textured, patterned site-cast Tilt-Up concrete walls face the canyon side of the site and appear as an extension or outcropping of the canyon geology. With a program requirement for a large number of uniformly sized perimeter offices, it was important to use a variety of textures and patterns in the concrete to add visual interest and rhythm to what would otherwise have been a repetitive window module. Several techniques were employed to maximize the architectural expressiveness of the concrete: three different form liner types, three levels of sand blast, exposed aggregate panels, and varying panel depths work together to create a rich appearance.

In contrast to the rugged concrete surface facing the canyon, a highly refined curtain wall system faces the discretely landscaped interior of the site. A unitized curtain wall system creates a sheer surface in contrast to the concrete, and is patterned with custom-fit patterns that emulate the concrete form liner as a way to visually link the two systems. Early and continuous collaboration with both the concrete contractor and the curtain wall contractor allowed the team to maximize the design potential and value to the owner for both systems.


Project Specifics

Total Panels (Single Building)
24 panels
Project Wall Area
23,097 sq ft
(2,146 sq m)
Project Floor Area
75,000 sq ft
(6,968 sq m)
Project Footprint
25,000 sq ft
(2,323 sq m)
Tallest Panel
49 ft 0 in
(14.94 m)
Widest Panel
29 ft 6 in
(8.99 m)
Largest Panel
1,494 sq ft
(138.8 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
186,810 lbs
(84,736 kg)
Longest Spandrel Panel
89 ft 3 in
(27.20 m)

Participating TCA Members

Miyamoto International, Inc.
Structural engineer

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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