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Westgate Campus

TCA Tilt-Up Project Profile - Office Division

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Westgate consists of three Value Office buildings built simultaneously, totaling approximately 700,000 gross sq. ft. The three buildings are:

  1. Building One at 240,000 sq. ft., 60,000 sq. ft. floor plates at four stories
  2. Building Two at 220,000 sq. ft., 55,000 sq. ft. floor plates at four stories
  3. Building Three at 240,000 sq. ft. , 55,000 sq. ft. floor plates with a fifth level at 20,000 sq. ft.

The ensemble of buildings is designed as campus with Buildings One and Two facing the major thoroughfare with a landscaped motor court formed by the "L" shaped floor plates. Building Two also acts a kind of hinge and allows for the southern edge of a one-acre park formed between it and the five-story Building Three directly north, with the architecturally enhanced structured parking facility forming the third defining edge.

The large floor plates are unique to this Energy Corridor sub-market in Houston and favor the tilt method. But no compromise on exterior quality is required. The glass-to-wall ratio exceeds 60%, loggias are designed into the lower levels for in-built connectivity, through lobbies unify pedestrian circulation from both public space and parking, and an ample curtain wall allows for the buildings to be general but not neutral.

The entire compound was completed in only 14 months including detention and 3,000 spaces in the garages due to the speed of the tilt method. The five-story building used a unique stacking strategy with a 60-ft.-long top-picked panel placed above four-story 30-ft.-wide panels. The fifth floor enjoys a 55-ft.-long uninterrupted lease line, the first in the market for an executive floor, and the five-story stack is the first in Texas. The project was designed to 2009 LEED Version 4 Certified Silver standards and has been submitted to USGBC.


Project Specifics

Total Panels (Single Building)
175 panels
Project Wall Area
1,800 sq ft
(167 sq m)
Project Floor Area
700,000 sq ft
(65,030 sq m)
Project Footprint
170,000 sq ft
(15,793 sq m)
Tallest Panel
62 ft 3 in
(18.97 m)
Heaviest Panel
242,000 lbs
(109,769 kg)
Tallest Cantilever Panel
8 ft 0 in
(2.44 m)
Recycled Content
43 tons (US)

Participating TCA Members

CMC Construction ServicesSustaining Member icon
Tilt-Up accessories
Nox-Crete Products GroupSustaining Member icon
Form release
E E Reed Construction LPSustaining Member iconSustaining Member icon
General contractor
TAS Commercial Concrete ConstructionSustaining Member iconSustaining Member icon
Tilt-Up contractor
Powers Brown ArchitectureSustaining Member icon
Cardno Haynes Whaley, Inc.
Project engineer
Dayton Superior CorporationSustaining Member icon
Tilt-Up accessories

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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