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Vistakon Research and Development Lab

TCA Tilt-Up Project Profile - Manufacturing/Industrial Division

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Vistakon, a vision care company, sought a facility that could not only serve as an advanced research and development lab, but also consolidate their different disciplines. Originally designed as a precast building, Tilt-Up was selected for the 154,662-square-foot Vistakon facility because it could meet schedule demands and it was the most cost-effective option that also offered the same architectural appeal as the precast design.

Judges commented that this was an exceptionally clean Tilt-Up project that emphasizes reveal patterns and accentuates openings.

This building was planned to allow maximum flexibility since the ratio of lab to office space varied significantly from group to group. The flexible space allows the “double-stack” of laboratories to convert to a combination of lab and open office space where appropriate.

A decorative formliner lines the top portion of the panels around the entire three-story building, and the white concrete is accented by a blue-tinted glass to give the facility a modern look. This project involved attaching site-cast, Tilt-Up concrete panels to a structural steel frame, instead of architectural pre-cast panels. This process necessitated that each of the details for the attachments to the structure be created with ease of installation as one of the primary factors.

Panels had to be setup, bolted and welded before they could be released by the crane. Further, the panels were erected on top of each other, because of their size and magnitude.


Project Specifics

Project Floor Area
154,662 sq ft
(14,368 sq m)
Tallest Panel
51 ft 6 in
(15.70 m)
Largest Panel
1,081 sq ft
(100.4 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
127,000 lbs
(57,606 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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