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Black Forest Ventures Jet Center/Galaxy FBO

TCA Tilt-Up Project Profile - Commercial Division

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In early 2012, the Galaxy FBO was originally conceived to be a structural steel, heavy gauge stud, and metal panel structure and skin. Due to cost, the E.E. Reed team worked with the design team, JGJ Architects, to redesign the entire scheme to a three-story, tilt-up structure and skin. The redesign took several months to accomplish but saved the developer nearly $500,000. The tilt-up scheme was embraced both from a functionality and durability standpoint as well as a more cost-effective solution.

The tilt-up scheme utilized extensive reveals and formliner to achieve the original look while improving overall quality. The FBO is attached to hangar one and the design team utilized 60-ft.-tall tilt panels to create two-hour rated separation between the hangar and the FBO. Executive offices are located overlooking the interior of the hangar to allow customers to get an inside look at the aircraft hangar. The tilt-up structure forms the frame for an extensive curtainwall overlooking the jet canopy.

Since the goal of the developer was to have a restaurant on the third level, the floor-to-floor heights went from a customary 13-ft. 6-in. to 21-ft. creating nearly 70-ft.-tall tilt-up panels. The height and weight of the panels themselves were such that very few cranes in the Houston area could pick and set the panels. Upon completion of the project, the developer was so pleased with the look, function, and result that they have elected to build future FBOs as tilt-up structures. The structure has garnered significant praise from the City of Conroe and the surrounding community.


Project Specifics

Total Panels (Single Building)
40 panels
Project Wall Area
24,000 sq ft
(2,230 sq m)
Project Floor Area
60,000 sq ft
(5,574 sq m)
Project Footprint
21,000 sq ft
(1,951 sq m)
Tallest Panel
68 ft 8 in
(20.93 m)
Widest Panel
30 ft 0 in
(9.14 m)
Largest Panel
888 sq ft
(82.5 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
152,000 lbs
(68,946 kg)
Tallest Cantilever Panel
6 ft 0 in
(1.83 m)
Recycled Content
120 tons (US)

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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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