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Abu Dhabi Model Villas

TCA Tilt-Up Project Profile - Special Projects Division

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SiteCast Construction completed two traditional "villas" in Abu Dhabi in the spring of 2013. These 5,500-square-foot single-story homes feature traditional UAE architecture, but were constructed using load bearing tilt-up SiteCast concrete panels. The local architecture was reproduced with forming techniques, paying careful attention to panel joint locations and interior wall treatments.

An advantage of using tilt-up panels was that the local labor force could be quickly taught the construction techniques on site. Design concepts and skill sets shared with the community included the use of lasers, vibra-screeds, and power trowels; techniques associated with concrete placing, finishing, and forming; layout process; erecting standards; safety values; and engineering concepts.

After completion, the government reviewed the model homes and has requested further homes for its citizens as part of a Government Housing Initiative. Construction of each villa took seven and six weeks respectively, including the landscaping. Traditional homes of this size, type, and style would take a year-plus to construct using the standard masonry technique.


Project Specifics

Project Wall Area
17,392 sq ft
(1,616 sq m)
Project Floor Area
11,000 sq ft
(1,022 sq m)
Project Footprint
11,000 sq ft
(1,022 sq m)
Tallest Panel
20 ft 5 in
(6.24 m)
Widest Panel
34 ft 1 in
(10.40 m)
Largest Panel
697 sq ft
(64.8 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
66,000 lbs
(29,937 kg)
Longest Spandrel Panel
25 ft 8 in
(7.83 m)

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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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