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The major tenant, Meyer Brothers Building Company, needed a new facility to locate its business office. Since Tilt-Up construction is a major component of Meyer Brothers work, the developer agreed to build a Class A office building – the first in the Lee’s Summit community –that would serve as a showcase for architectural Tilt-Up construction. The use of two different types of exposed aggregate, cast-in thin brick, cast-in thin block and painted finishes combined to provide a useful sales and marketing tool for both the construction and development business.

The height of the panels plus the numerous exterior accent panels required special attention to sequencing of panel construction on the relatively small floor slab. The radiused entrance panel is concave, meaning curved into the building structure.

Composite floor framing provided an economical system to maximize clear height while minimizing overall building height to meet local and Federal Aviation Administration regulations. Accent panels with various architectural treatments surround the perimeter of the building and are offset from the exterior face at varying depths. Two-inch recesses were cast into the panel to allow for application of cast-stone sills. Spandrel glass was incorporated in the recessed portion of the building’s side and rear walls.

A two-inch fascia wythe was cast using integrally colored concrete and structurally bonded to the main structural panel wythe. In order to achieve the masonry treatment on all sides, two identical panels were cast with the face shells and set back-to-back. This required precise control so that all openings and masonry joints would align. These panels also include several large openings, with 90-degree return pieces along every edge and jamb.


Project Specifics

Project Floor Area
50,000 sq ft
(4,645 sq m)
Tallest Panel
51 ft 0 in
(15.54 m)
Largest Panel
1,359 sq ft
(126.3 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
120,000 lbs
(54,431 kg)

Participating TCA Members

LJB Inc.Sustaining Member icon
Project engineer
Scott System, Inc.
Cast-in materials
Dayton Superior CorporationSustaining Member icon
Bond breaker
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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