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Bay Meadows Elementary School

TCA Tilt-Up Project Profile - Educational Division

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This architectural prototype design saves the school district a substantial amount of money on the overall construction of the project.

Utilizing a unique method of panel construction to ensure the thin brick veneer would not break during pours or lifts, the placement of the formliner and brick veneer was one of the most challenging aspects of this project.

The brick veneer was placed in formliners for all the panels, which required close coordination between the detailers, rod busters, and placing and finishing crews in order to minimize the extent of broken and/or dislodged bricks. The construction team was required to walk flat-footed in the panels while setting the brick and reinforcing the steel so the brick would not crack beneath their weight.

Architectural treatments include a variety of different colored bricks with band pattern and accents, Endicott tile, and coppertone and rose blend colors. By utilizing thin brick, the design team was able to achieve the look of a traditional brick schoolhouse. The color plays with a more creative use of pattern and is very unique.

To create support and interest for the project, the design and construction team held an event that centered on the lifting of the panels in order to showcase the new school and how utilizing Tilt-Up helps the school save on construction costs without sacrificing quality.


Project Specifics

Project Floor Area
90,798 sq ft
(8,435 sq m)
Tallest Panel
43 ft 0 in
(13.11 m)
Largest Panel
910 sq ft
(84.5 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
81,000 lbs
(36,741 kg)

Participating TCA Members

Dayton Superior CorporationSustaining Member icon
Bond breaker
Meadow BurkeSustaining Member icon
Lifting hardware
Innovative Brick Systems LLCSustaining Member icon
Cast-in materials

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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