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Maple Lawn Retail #1 and #2

TCA Tilt-Up Project Profile - Retail Division

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The owner of this project wanted a retail development that would resemble an old-fashioned main street, but there was a catch: The one-story building needed to look like two stories. Using Tilt-Up allowed the large walls necessary for such a project to be raised economically, and also provided the architectural capabilities needed to achieve the main street aesthetic.

To deal with elevation changes, Chesapeake Contracting Group designed the panels to have different heights that would match the exterior grade. Because of site restrictions, the panels were cast in stacks four to six panels high, and thickened panel legs allowed for moment connections.

In keeping with the old-fashioned look, the buildings’ exteriors feature EIFS cornices and moldings, cast-in reveals and multiple brick veneers. Tilt-Up panels also were used to create an octagonal tower feature.

This retail development stands at the entrance to Maple Lawn, a 1,000-acre mixed-use community in the Baltimore/Washington area that also features 600 homes and 1.5 million square feet of office space.


Project Specifics

Project Floor Area
37,613 sq ft
(3,494 sq m)
Tallest Panel
35 ft 7 in
(10.85 m)
Largest Panel
410 sq ft
(38.1 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
48,000 lbs
(21,772 kg)

Participating TCA Members

Chesapeake Contracting Group Inc
General contractor
Morabito Consultants Inc
Project engineer
Meadow BurkeSustaining Member icon
Lifting hardware
Nox-Crete Products GroupSustaining Member icon
Bond breaker, Form release
Innovative Brick Systems LLCSustaining Member icon
Cast-In material
Textured Coatings of America Inc

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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