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St. Mary's Episcopal Church

TCA Tilt-Up Project Profile - Spiritual Division

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Completed in a mere two months, construction of Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church evolved from a steel and masonry design that was ill-suited to meet the complicated design envisioned by the congregation and their architect.

The architect told the client that using steel and masonry to complete asymmetrical walls, a steep pitched vaulted ceiling over the sanctuary, windowed dormers suspended above the colonnaded naves and a bell tower open at the four corners would be well over budget. Therefore, Tilt-Up was selected and the switch saved the church $300,000 in construction costs. Further, the use of Tilt-Up enabled the Church the ability to incorporate their 120-year-old bell into the structure.

Meeting the design challenges also entailed overcoming construction obstacles. The architect had to design the many irregular shaped panels on a confined site, while maintaining full operations of the existing facility. The close proximity to a major public street involved close coordination with the church and local officials to coordinate erecting some panels at night and in the early morning hours.

Simply, Tilt-Up enabled the architect to finish the project in timely and cost-efficient manner, while preserving the architectural integrity of the church.


Project Specifics

Total Panels (Single Building)
36 panels
Project Wall Area
16,508 sq ft
(1,534 sq m)
Project Floor Area
7,450 sq ft
(692 sq m)
Project Footprint
7,450 sq ft
(692 sq m)
Tallest Panel
51 ft 3 in
(15.62 m)
Widest Panel
51 ft 7 in
(15.73 m)
Largest Panel
1,662 sq ft
(154.4 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
120,880 lbs
(54,830 kg)

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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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