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Beacon Centre Building 34

TCA Tilt-Up Project Profile - Manufacturing/Industrial Division

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Two of the Tilt-up Concrete Association's 1995 award winners are located in one of Miami's premier developments, Beacon Centre, where the industrial and distribution buildings are geared towards the high profile client.

Tilt-up was chosen for much of the construction because of Tilt-up's ability to give industrial buildings a stylish look. Designers describe Tilt-up's ability to act more as ďa block of clay" rather than ďa block of stone." Tilt-up's flexibility allows for towers and freestanding sign walls with rich designs carved out of the volume.

Variations in recesses and reveals allow variety and movement in the large area walls typical of industrial and distribution buildings. Finally, appearance can be enhanced by variation in the texture and color of exterior walls.

The first structures in the Beacon Centre development were unit masonry, but Codina Construction, the contractor, decided to switch to Tilt-up after the code environment in South Florida became exceptionally demanding. Jose Hevia, president of Codina, contacted Till-Con Corporation to re-engineer the rest of the development and to convert to Tilt-up.
Codina has been so pleased with the results of using Tilt-up in this development that ten more Tilt-up buildings, and no more masonry buildings, have been constructed.
The switch saved 75 cents per square foot and six weeks in construction time for each 100,000 square foot building subsequently constructed.

The conversion to Tilt-up also reduced supervision and subcontractor expense. As mentioned, contractor for both of the Beacon Centre winners was Codina Construction of Coral Gables, Florida. Tilt-up contractor was Tilt-Con of Altamonte Springs, Florida.

The larger outstanding Tilt-up building in Beacon Centre is a 225,000 square foot industrial building known as Building #34. It features distinctly un-industrial-looking windows, rich architectural detail and a terra cotta color that blends with the south Florida palette. Completed cost was approximately $7,890,000.


Project Specifics

Project Floor Area
225,000 sq ft
(20,903 sq m)

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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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