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The Berkeley Building

TCA Tilt-Up Project Profile - Office Division

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Since the 77,342-square-foot Berkeley Building represented the first application of Tilt-Up technology for multi-story construction in this geographic market, it was essential to convey the viability of the medium without sacrificing architectural appeal. Working in a new market with an inexperienced labor pool as well as a tight budget and schedule required close coordination by the design-build team.

The tall windows and strong separation between the first level and top two levels caught the attention of judges.

The entryway to this Class “A” office building consists of a 117,000-pound spandrel panel that spans 44-feet and sits on two U-shaped panels to create a dramatic and focused point of entry. The main entrance door is recessed into a four-foot thick freestanding panel that is surrounded by curtain wall glass, leading into a grand two-story atrium. Textured paint covers the entire building and provides a traditional façade replicating quarried stone masonry. The EIFS cornice bands and Tuscan columns further define the character of the building.

This is the first of five office buildings for the park.

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Project Specifics

Project Floor Area
77,342 sq ft
(7,185 sq m)
Tallest Panel
48 ft 3 in
(14.71 m)
Largest Panel
1,070 sq ft
(99.4 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
117,000 lbs
(53,070 kg)

Participating TCA Members

LJB Inc.Sustaining Member icon
Project engineer
Victory Bear
Cast-in materials
Meadow BurkeSustaining Member icon
Lifting hardware, Braces
Tincher's Welding LLC
Structural steel fabricator

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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