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Wesley Theological Seminary - New Residence Hall

TCA Tilt-Up Project Profile - Housing Division

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The Wesley Theological Seminary is a four-story thin brick dormitory built into a hillside. The project was originally budgeted as a steel frame, light gauge masonry veneer project which is typical for institutional construction. Tilt-up is not common for this type of building, but it provided a faster, more economical, and more durable building than traditional institutional construction methods.

This project was extremely difficult to complete with tilt-up given the postage-stamp-sized lot and small building footprint. However, the crane used the floor as an erection platform and the casting beds were outside for most panels. In the end, some of the casting bed remained as part of the paverbase for the fire lane. The construction required exterior bracing, and helical anchors and deadmen integrated into the casting bed were also used for bracing. The special floor system requires approximately 700 embed plates.

This project is a prime example of the advancement of tilt-up into a non-traditional tilt market. The project was completed 60 days prior to contract completion date and is certified LEED Silver.


Project Specifics

Total Panels (Single Building)
42 panels
Project Wall Area
15,000 sq ft
(1,394 sq m)
Project Floor Area
28,700 sq ft
(2,666 sq m)
Project Footprint
7,800 sq ft
(725 sq m)
Tallest Panel
42 ft 11 in
(13.08 m)
Widest Panel
16 ft 3 in
(4.95 m)
Largest Panel
1 sq ft
(0.1 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
63,800 lbs
(28,939 kg)
Longest Spandrel Panel
9 ft 8 in
(2.95 m)

Participating TCA Members

Innovative Brick Systems LLCSustaining Member icon
Brick and form liner
Morabito Consultants Inc
Structural engineer
Vantage Construction Corporation
General contractor
Meadow BurkeSustaining Member icon
Bracing and lifting hardware and engineering

About the TCA

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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