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TCA Tilt-Up Project Profile - Office Division

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This 370,000-square-foot office project was completed in a mere six months. The original design called for full-height six-story panels. However, the staging and bracing of such a design was impractical, if not impossible. The project was thus re-designed into three panels – a bottom two-story panel, a middle three-story panel, with a one-story panel on the top. Casting beds were used.

With a 92-foot parapet, the panels were welded to the structure and bear on each other to the foundation. The building recesses as it goes up, which provides visual relief to the tall structure.

In addition to the recess features, various paint schemes and treatments such as reveals and punched windows are used on the different panel levels to provide architectural appeal. The clean design is augmented with earth-tone colors.


Project Specifics

Project Floor Area
370,000 sq ft
(34,373 sq m)
Tallest Panel
40 ft 0 in
(12.19 m)
Largest Panel
600 sq ft
(55.7 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
60,000 lbs
(27,216 kg)

Participating TCA Members

Johnson Structural Group Inc
Meadow BurkeSustaining Member icon
Lifting hardware, Braces
Nox-Crete Products GroupSustaining Member icon
Form release

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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