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Chevron/Texaco

TCA Tilt-Up Project Profile - Office Division

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Chevron’s pending merger with Texaco made the timing of the move into their new 145,300-square-foot headquarters building crucial to achieving successful integration of the employees into the new corporate culture of newly formed company. Tilt-Up was selected for its speed and lower per square foot cost compared to alternative methods.

Judges were impressed by the proejct’s progressive design, which included the large ground floor windows that are typically difficult to achieve in Tilt-Up construction, but were made possible by casting structural steel supports into the panels behind the window frames.

Keeping with the trend of a more open corporate environment, no employees, including administrators are enclosed in office spaces, but rather work in ergonomically designed workstations. Private conversations occur in a series of conference rooms situated along the spine of the building.

A series of horizontal reveals at the base of the building created by utilizing liner panels provide a textual “base.” Further, this same liner pattern was used at two corners of the building in conjunction with a curved metal roof to break up what would have otherwise been a very long façade. A section of the upper floor Tilt-Up wall was omitted to allow a glass wall to be installed between adjacent concrete panels to further break down the length of the building.

The exterior walls were designed as an exterior skin covering only and did not resist seismic forces. A series of interior braced steel frames that resist seismic forces serve as the structural system, which allowed the exterior wall to be purely decorative elements.

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Project Specifics

Project Floor Area
145,300 sq ft
(13,498 sq m)
Tallest Panel
38 ft 2 in
(11.63 m)
Largest Panel
1,144 sq ft
(106.3 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
96,000 lbs
(43,545 kg)

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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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