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Jost Chemical Building II

TCA Tilt-Up Project Profile - Manufacturing/Industrial Division

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Tilt-Up was selected for the Jost Chemical Building II for a host of reasons including speed of delivery, elimination of interior ledges and the necessity of a facility that complements the owner’s current building adjacent to this project. The new facility was necessary to meet current and future production demands, but the owner also wanted a building that conveyed a striking architectural statement. The single property would be responsible for housing both corporate offices as well as warehousing and shipping demands.

The design incorporates both smooth and dimple textured panels, reveals and accent bands within the Tilt-Up panels, and is enhanced with angular walls of concrete and silver reflective glass curtain wall elements. Finished with a light gray, medium gray and burgundy color scheme, the panels match the adjacent existing facility.

Additional freestanding Tilt-Up walls screen the truck loading area from the street to form a backdrop for a landscaped employee break area. A metal clad canopy and special shaped metal columns define the entry.

The office area incorporates a two-story atrium that is capped with a 14-by-50-foot translucent panel skylight, which provides natural lighting for the inner portions of the office area. Additional light is provided through clerestory translucent panels around the perimeter of the atrium space. A 12-foot high granite panel waterfall adds drama and a soothing auditory sense of balance to the atrium area. Additionally, 12-foot high ceilings add to the open feeling of space throughout the office areas.

The interior space is finished with custom designed glass and a custom railing system at the atrium opening. Special wall coverings, custom wood millwork, porcelain tile floors, patterned carpet tiles and accent painted walls further enhance the strong corporate image. During the evening, the entire façade facing the street is illuminated with wall sconces, bollards and accent floodlighting.


Project Specifics

Project Floor Area
101,750 sq ft
(9,453 sq m)
Tallest Panel
51 ft 11 in
(15.82 m)
Largest Panel
1,032 sq ft
(95.9 sq m)

Participating TCA Members

The Korte Company
General contractor, Tilt-Up contractor
LJB Inc.Sustaining Member icon
Project engineer
Meadow BurkeSustaining Member icon
Lifting hardware

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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