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Spectrum Academic Center & Library

TCA Tilt-Up Project Profile - Educational Division

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As an adult-education center offering classes in a one-course-per-month format, National University of San Diego needed a fast-track construction method for its Spectrum project that would minimize disruption to classes. Although Tilt-Up was the natural choice for speed and economy, the university wanted the structure to project an academic atmosphere, so Architects Delawie Wilkes Rodrigues Barker incorporated traditional elements such as stone-clad arched entrances into their design.

The north and south wings of the 33,700-square-foot building are connected by a 170-foot-long steel frame galleria, an element that required considerable coordination between the architects and engineer to ensure proper seismic performance.

Inside, the structure combines such energy-saving features as thermally efficient indoor Tilt-Up walls, abundant daylighting and high-performance glass, which secured the project a “Savings by Design” incentive awarded by San Diego Gas and Electric—the first such incentive awarded to a construction project in San Diego County.


Project Specifics

Project Floor Area
103,000 sq ft
(9,569 sq m)
Tallest Panel
21 ft 0 in
(6.40 m)
Largest Panel
650 sq ft
(60.4 sq m)

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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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