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Warren Theatre

TCA Tilt-Up Project Profile - Special Projects Division

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The Warren Theatre in Moore, Oklahoma was directly in the path of a deadly EF-5 tornado that struck on May 20, 2013. The theatre was spared, sustaining only minor structural damage. The theatre became a triage staging area and makeshift morgue in the wake of the disaster as victims from the neighboring medical center were evacuated. For the local community, the theatre was a beacon of hope with destruction all around. The theatre was re-opened to the public just nine days after the event.

The structural design decisions impacted the performance of the building. Using the inherent modular nature of the theatres presented opportunities to provide an efficiently robust structure. The site had been struck by tornadoes twice previously so the owner encouraged a conservative approach to the design.

Heavier gage roof decks were used even though a lower gage deck was sufficient for the diaphragm forces to account for higher uplift resistance. The configuration of the joist and girders were arranged so no panels were "unsupported" more than 10-feet oc horizontally.

Interior demising walls were tilt-up panels with special joints to meet requirements to necessitate abatement of sound migration between theatres. The wall assembly was carefully evaluated to meet THX certification for acoustics and a patent was filed.


Project Specifics

Project Wall Area
39,836 sq ft
(3,701 sq m)
Project Floor Area
121,577 sq ft
(11,295 sq m)
Project Footprint
97,230 sq ft
(9,033 sq m)
Widest Panel
27 ft 4 in
(8.34 m)
Largest Panel
1,144 sq ft
(106.3 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
121,148 lbs
(54,952 kg)

Participating TCA Members

Cantera Concrete Company
Tilt-up contractor
Needham and Associates, Inc.Sustaining Member icon
Project engineer

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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