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Lighthouse at Lake Hefner

TCA Tilt-Up Project Profile - Special Projects Division

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This 178 square foot lighthouse, probably the most inland structure of its kind in the country, serves as a signpost for an upscale development recently completed at one of the metro area reservoirs in Oklahoma. The design was developed from a lighthouse viewed by the owner on a trip to the East Coast.

Tilt-Up construction was chosen over many possible methods including wood, EIFS and masonry due to its lower initial cost, low maintenance requirements, and speed (the structure was completed in only 60 days).

With an exterior finish of an elastomeric acrylic coating, the lighthouse is constructed of 5.5 inch reinforced panels that are identical in size, connected with a compression ring at the top. Temporary structures were required for the crane's outrigger placement due to the narrow pier on which it is built. The tallest panel is more than 26 feet high and the heaviest panel is about 11,400 lbs. A ladder is located inside the structure for access to the light and controls.

For more information, contact Barry A. Cox of E.V. Cox Construction Company at (405) 232-2426, ext. 118.

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Project Specifics

Project Floor Area
178 sq ft
(17 sq m)
Tallest Panel
26 ft 1 in
(7.95 m)
Largest Panel
169 sq ft
(15.7 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
11,400 lbs
(5,171 kg)

Participating TCA Members

E V Cox Construction Co
General contractor, Engineer

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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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