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Seven Rivers Presbyterian Church

TCA Tilt-Up Project Profile - Spiritual Division

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The construction of a sanctuary for Seven Rivers Presbyterian Church was a project 10 years in the making. The congregation, which had previously met in a gymnasium, wanted a structure that would be a source of pride both to parishioners and the community at large. The resulting structure, inspired by French gothic cathedrals, features a 93-foot-high point—the largest Tilt-Up panel erected in the United States to date. Eight smaller points of 50 and 70 feet come together to give the sanctuary a distinctive crown-like appearance.

To deal with space constraints (more than 80,000 square feet of Tilt-Up walls had to be constructed within a 100,000-square-foot area), the contractor cast the 137 panels on site using casting beds rather than the floor slab. New panels were poured on top of existing panels to further save space.

To insulate the surrounding schools and residences from construction traffic and noise, a strict 7 a.m.-to-5 p.m. workday was enforced. The contractor designated special panels (eventually covered by paint or drywall) on which church members wrote Scripture passages and dedications to friends and family members.

Judges cited that by incorporating elements of French gothic catherdal design, this project brought Tilt-Up to new heights.


Project Specifics

Project Floor Area
40,000 sq ft
(3,716 sq m)
Tallest Panel
92 ft 10 in
(28.31 m)
Largest Panel
1,317 sq ft
(122.3 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
204,000 lbs
(92,533 kg)

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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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