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New Facility for Amatrol, Inc.

TCA Tilt-Up Project Profile - Warehouse/Distribution Division

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One of the most challenging elements of this project was the curved panels. The erection and connection of these panels, some of which weigh 13.5 tons, were effectively held in place by a cantilevered connection. The connection detail was designed to allow for expansion – an important component for the owner – but it was very difficult to execute during erection since the panels were to “hang” off of the connections. To add to the difficulty, the curved panels were attached to round columns that made it very difficult to take measurements and connections had to be made in a confined area.

Careful consideration was taken to the design of the front elevation. The curved architectural feature creates an elevated conference room that allows for the much-desired panoramic view of downtown Louisville. To accomplish this, the architect used the combination of curved Tilt-Up concrete panels, blue colored glass and concrete columns. By elevating the conference room, it allowed the main entrance to become part of an elaborate curved projection.

For the exterior of the facility, the owner wanted natural and neutral colors. As such, varying shades of beige were used as the field and accent colors. The corporate color of navy blue was utilized in the reveal line to accentuate the shades of beige. The blue glazing of the large curtain walls and storefront maintains the accent.

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Project Specifics

Project Floor Area
80,000 sq ft
(7,432 sq m)
Tallest Panel
41 ft 11 in
(12.78 m)
Largest Panel
800 sq ft
(74.3 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
85,000 lbs
(38,555 kg)

Participating TCA Members

AML, Inc.Sustaining Member icon
General contractor, Tilt-Up contractor
Kovert Hawkins Architects
Architect
Dayton Superior CorporationSustaining Member icon
Bond breaker, Form release

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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