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TCA Tilt-Up Project Profile - Office Division

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In order to meet a strict deadline, the project had to be ready for occupancy in just 12 months. Through the design-build approach, Tilt-Up was introduced as the solution to meet the building requirements and schedule. Tilt-Up provided a cost-effective means for the end-user to build and purchase a customized facility that would allow them to consolidate five separate divisions into one location instead of leasing a larger office building and paying the costs associated with interior build-out.

Innovative architectural applications allowed for a high quality Class A urban office building in a premier business park. Existing buildings in the park are traditional brick; however, this material was too expensive for the owner’s budget. Tilt-Up panels with cast-in-place thin brick afforded the owner an opportunity to build in an upscale business park while keeping with the development’s existing theme. False joints were created between each color of brick and corner return bricks were set on the outside edges of each corner panel and all window openings to achieve the look of a true brick building. Creating the false joints required eight brick cuts per row, which was an extremely labor intensive process and required flawless precision.

Special panel design was implemented to accommodate large openings for the internal loading docks. Single-legged panels with 34-foot wide openings were erected and placed at the pilaster of corner panels. Large openings and the height of the panels required strongbacks to provide extra support while standing the 70-ton panels. Trees on the site restricted full crane access around the building. Panels for the north side of the building had to be picked and walked backwards with the crane from the east side of the building.


Project Specifics

Project Floor Area
166,000 sq ft
(15,421 sq m)
Tallest Panel
58 ft 0 in
(17.68 m)
Largest Panel
2,087 sq ft
(193.9 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
140,000 lbs
(63,503 kg)

Participating TCA Members

Seretta Construction IncSustaining Member icon
Tilt-Up contractor
Scott System, Inc.
Cast-in materials
Meadow BurkeSustaining Member icon
Bond breaker

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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