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The DoSeum - San Antonio's Museum for Kids

TCA Tilt-Up Project Profile - Institutional Division

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This children's museum has exposed structural steel, bar joist, and tilt wall panels inside and out that are part of the museum experience. The tilt-wall is the bone of the building, and many tilt-up wall panels were left exposed on the inside as well. This was the first new museum built in San Antonio in 50 years. The project is a total of 104,000 square feet, when including the exterior spaces. The project produces 30 percent of its own energy and 98 percent of its construction waste is recycled. The use of tilt-up concrete panels contributes to obtaining the Leed Gold Certification. The integral colored panels set the architectural backdrop for the museum inside and outside. The entire architectural expression of the museum evolves around the tilt-up wall panels. These walls support the second floor and the roof. They also resist the lateral forces on the entire structure including elements attached to the building. The typical tilt-up wall panel is 24 feet long. Everything always being on the module in this project made locating and installing plates in the panels straightforward. The affordability of tilt-up was the only way this new museum could be constructed within the owner's budget.


Project Specifics

Total Panels (Single Building)
0 panels
Project Wall Area
32,500 sq ft
(3,019 sq m)
Project Floor Area
65,000 sq ft
(6,039 sq m)
Project Footprint
40,000 sq ft
(3,716 sq m)
Tallest Panel
35 ft 0 in
(10.67 m)
Widest Panel
47 ft 10 in
(14.58 m)
Largest Panel
840 sq ft
(78.0 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
84,000 lbs
(38,102 kg)
Tallest Cantilever Panel
0 ft 0 in
(0.00 m)
Longest Spandrel Panel
47 ft 5 in
(14.45 m)
Recycled Content
53 tons (US)

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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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