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TCA Tilt-Up Project Profile - Retail Division

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Originally designed as a masonry project with wood siding nailed to the structure to create the desired “Key West look,” the switch to Tilt-Up with cast-in formliners provided the owner with a tremendous cost savings and more durable structure that is maintenance-free. Further, this solution created solid concrete walls with no attached siding. In a wind environment, like Florida, this is an added benefit because the owner does not have to worry about siding coming off during a hurricane.

This building had an unusual shape with towers and breezeways. The panelization of this project required extensive coordination and sequencing in order to tie in the corner tower features and covered walkways with the main building structure. The towers contained four panels, two of which cantilevered over the main building and down to the foundation with return leg sections. Once these were together, they created a cast-in-place column look inside and outside the building, as well as the structural “box” required for the overall stability of the building.

To achieve the desired Key West look, it was necessary to use cast-in formliner, which is typically only used as an accent, for the entire building. This required extensive coordination and attention to detail.

The standing seam metal roof also meets the design requirements for area and the pastel color scheme blends in with existing facilities. Around the windows, there is a solid band of color that is a few shades darker than the majority of the building’s exterior to provide a dramatic effect similar to wainscot. The towers and atypical shape break up the building and provide space for breezeways. Columns separate the retail storefronts and provide each tenant with a clear space that is their own. Further, this facility stands out from traditional “strip centers” in the area, because of the use of two-story towers.


Project Specifics

Project Floor Area
48,000 sq ft
(4,459 sq m)
Tallest Panel
32 ft 0 in
(9.75 m)
Largest Panel
938 sq ft
(87.1 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
85,000 lbs
(38,555 kg)

Participating TCA Members

Woodland Tilt-UpSustaining Member iconSustaining Member icon
Tilt-Up contractor
Permit Engineering Services Inc
Tilt-Up panel engineer
Innovative Brick Systems LLCSustaining Member icon
Cast-in materials
Nox-Crete Products GroupSustaining Member icon
Bond breaker, Form release
Meadow BurkeSustaining Member icon
Lifting hardware, Braces

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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