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Hurricane Intermediate School

TCA Tilt-Up Project Profile - Educational Division

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Before they were selected for the Hurricane Intermediate School project, Hughes General Contractors had already set an impressive precedent in southern Utah’s Washington County School District. Their integrally colored Tilt-Up buildings, designed to complement the area’s sandstone hills and red soil, had already won three TCA awards.

For this project, Hughes relied on the same theme, but set the 134,000-sqare-foot structure apart by using different depths of sandblasting to create texture and color variations on individual panels, and also cast a 30-foot-long image of a jaguar (the school’s mascot) into walls in a commons area using polycarbonate molds.

Other notable features include aluminum joint covers designed to prevent vandalism to the caulking, as well as curved, hanging lintel panels supported by cast-in-place concrete columns.

To meet the project’s demanding summer construction schedule, Hughes received permission from the city of Hurricane to start work prior to the 6 a.m. noise ordinance, with some pours starting as early as 2 a.m. to avoid scorching summer temperatures.

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Project Specifics

Project Floor Area
134,000 sq ft
(12,449 sq m)
Tallest Panel
33 ft 10 in
(10.33 m)
Largest Panel
908 sq ft
(84.4 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
81,296 lbs
(36,875 kg)

Participating TCA Members

Hughes General Contractors, Inc.Sustaining Member icon
Tilt-Up contractor
BHB Consulting Engineers PC
Project engineer
Dayton Superior CorporationSustaining Member icon
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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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