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ProLogis Park 70 Building #2

TCA Tilt-Up Project Profile - Warehouse/Distribution Division

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Providing a state-of-the-art distribution facility in a timely and economical manner were the main goals for this project. The prime location for the facility offers optimum highway accessibility, which required visual appeal.

Tilt-Up was selected for its cost of construction, ability to provide an interior clear height of 32 feet and the reduced maintenance over the life of the building. The project was completed on a 185-day construction schedule including all weather delays, which was exceptional given the size of the building and site work required.

To de-emphasize the typical box look associated with Tilt-Up construction, an innovative erection procedure was used for the panels that offers cornices and wing walls. The sandwich panel wing walls at the office entries required panels to be at an angle until the secondary panel was set, and then the panels could be brought together.

The framing and erection of the cornice panels also required special effort because the cornice panel cross-section was a trapezoid and required special forming. Because of the weight of the cornice panels, the roof diaphragm had to be in place prior to setting the panels; however, part of the roof diaphragm was supported by the cornice panels. This necessitated that the entire erection of the roof diaphragm, and the cornice panels were closely coordinated so that the bottom panels were not overloaded.

Additional architectural features included extra reveals and the ProLogis signature logo on the facility.

The project was awarded Colorado Construction magazine’s Silver Hard Hat Award in September 2005.

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Project Specifics

Project Floor Area
283,666 sq ft
(26,353 sq m)
Tallest Panel
42 ft 6 in
(12.95 m)
Largest Panel
1,094 sq ft
(101.6 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
102,360 lbs
(46,430 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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