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Dalchau Service Center Building D

TCA Tilt-Up Project Profile - Office Division

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The Dalchau Service Center Building D was constructed for the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) to house various engineering departments. This building is a three-story, 78,952-square-foot structure providing Class A office space and multiple conference rooms with integrated audio/visual systems.

Early in design, tilt-up was selected, as it was decided to incorporate the concrete and steel structural elements as a key part of the architecture. To ensure quality, American Constructors self-performed all of the concrete work on this project.

The signature tilt-up element is a 13-inch-thick, 82,300-pound, non-insulated feature panel at the main entry. Other unique tilt-up elements are on the northwest and southwest corners of the building where two pairs of L-shaped panels were created utilizing two different casting techniques. To achieve the highest quality finished product, all of the electrical and special systems' conduit and box rough-in were installed in the panels prior to pouring. The end result was of such high quality that the architect deleted the interior paint on the tilt-up and left them in an as-cast natural finish. The exterior panels were finished with a combination of light and medium sandblast finishes. These finishes were carried into the exposed interior lobby wall panels, where the light and medium sandblasts were executed in a grid pattern.

The LCRA Dalchau Service Center Building D achieved a LEED Silver rating from the USGBC.


Project Specifics

Project Wall Area
31,200 sq ft
(2,898 sq m)
Project Floor Area
78,952 sq ft
(7,335 sq m)
Project Footprint
26,800 sq ft
(2,490 sq m)
Tallest Panel
49 ft 11 in
(15.21 m)
Widest Panel
37 ft 2 in
(11.33 m)
Largest Panel
1,498 sq ft
(139.2 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
164,800 lbs
(74,752 kg)
Longest Spandrel Panel
23 ft 4 in
(7.11 m)
Recycled Content
524 tons (US)

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American Constructors LP
General contractor
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Tilt-Up accessories
HD Supply Construction & Industrial White Cap
Tilt-Up accessories
ThermomassSustaining Member icon
Insulation systems

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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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