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West Springs Church

TCA Tilt-Up Project Profile - Spiritual Division

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The main element of this unique 20,150 square foot single-level church facility is an 80-foot by 80-foot high bay space, which was designed to act as the sanctuary but also provide a multi-purpose room for basketball and other indoor social events. Surrounding this main element are office and classroom spaces connected by a large commons area that provides a secondary gathering place outside the sanctuary and immediately inside the three entry doors.

The character of the building and the owner's budget dictated a resourceful use of basic materials featuring exposed and expressed mechanical, electrical and structural elements. The result is a playful yet dignified sequence of spaces and finishes that provide both spiritual vitality and functional order.

In conjunction with a variety of exterior accent features including three colors of glass, an intricate pattern of reveals and some unusual Tilt-Up forms, the building has a curved front façade, an extended wing wall at the secondary entry, and two taller panels with a cross carved out along the edge located at the most prominent corner of the building.

The team broke ground on Sept. 24, 1998 and finished the facility in May 1999.

The tallest panel is 32 feet high and the heaviest panel weights more than 48,000 lbs.

Meadow Burke and Conspec's Tilt EEZ products were utilized.

For more information, contact Christie Veljkovic of Clayco Construction Company, Inc. at (314) 429-5100.


Project Specifics

Project Floor Area
20,150 sq ft
(1,872 sq m)
Tallest Panel
32 ft 0 in
(9.75 m)
Largest Panel
551 sq ft
(51.2 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
48,290 lbs
(21,904 kg)

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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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