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TCA Tilt-Up Project Profile - Manufacturing/Industrial Division

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Each year, more new and good uses are found for tilt-up. Two projects from 1995 illustrate one new use.

Tower Tech, Inc. of Chickasha, Oklahoma, working in conjunction with Tilt-Up Concrete, Inc. of Lincoln, Nebraska, has begun to construct industrial water cooling towers out of tilt-Up concrete. Two projects were completed for the Koch Hydrocarbon Company of Hutchinson, Kansas, an 8,500 square foot facility in Hutchinson and a 4,000 square foot facility at the Frac Plan expansion, also in Hutchinson.

Tower Tech and Tilt-Up Concrete, Inc. have been collaborating for over a year to develop, design and engineer plans for concrete cooling tower structures. Many cooling towers have been constructed of either wood or fiberglass. Although concrete is usually preferable to either wood or fiberglass, cast-in-place concrete techniques required a very long, labor intensive effort that increased the cost of concrete towers 20-45% over the alternatives.

Using tilt-up to build these towers, however, allows them to be constructed of long-lasting concrete at a price that is competitive with wood. No one can argue with tilt-up’s speed of construction: these sizable towers were designed, cast and erected in three weeks. Tower Tech has several patents and patents pending for this construction technique.

Tilt-Up Concrete, Inc., reports a great deal of interest in tilt-up cooling towers from firms all over the world.  Several more towers are under contract.


Project Specifics

Project Floor Area
8,500 sq ft
(790 sq m)

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Tilt-Up Concrete, Inc.
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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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