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Midwest Commercial Interiors

TCA Tilt-Up Project Profile - Special Projects Division

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The Proposed Midwest Commercial Interiors building is a retail, office and warehouse facility. The building is a tilt-up concrete structure. In the retail areas, instead of the conventional solid tilt-up wall panels, the wall panels have irregular shaped openings. The remaining concrete in the panels, between the openings creates an impression of organic branches. The inspiration for this design comes from the TOD's six-story cast-in-place concrete retail building located in Japan and designed by Toyo Ito. The design was inspired by the zelkova trees. The same pattern is then repeated in the surrounding solid tilt-up wall panels as reveals. There was a concern of birds nesting in the facade of the building as well as the cost of irregular shaped glazing, so a glass curtain wall extends 4 to 6-feet (or more) beyond the artistic wall panels. This allows people to walk through and around the panels. It also makes it easier to clean glass and to provide window displays.

The panels will be load bearing, supporting the roof and will also be used to resist the lateral wind and seismic forces for both in-plane and out-of-plane loads.


Project Specifics

Total Panels (Single Building)
34 panels
Project Wall Area
25,440 sq ft
(2,363 sq m)
Project Floor Area
50,000 sq ft
(4,645 sq m)
Project Footprint
40,000 sq ft
(3,716 sq m)
Tallest Panel
30 ft 0 in
(9.14 m)
Widest Panel
33 ft 0 in
(10.06 m)
Largest Panel
990 sq ft
(92.0 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
100,000 lbs
(45,359 kg)

Participating TCA Members

AE URBIA / J M Williams and Associates, Inc.
Project architect

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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