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2016 TCA Convention

Reinforcing Design for Multi-Story Tilt-up Buildings

Presenter: Mark Remmetter, President of MER Engineers, Inc.
Date and time: Wednesday, October 12 - 1:30p to 2:30p

Reinforcing design for multi-story tilt-up buildings is significantly more involved than that for single story buildings. There are multiple design requirements that simply do not exist for single story tilt-ups. Design for thermal effects, structural integrity, in-plane loads and special requirements for seismic design need to be considered in addition to the more convectional design for out of plane wind loads in combination with vertical loads. Additionally, the effect of construction loads (wind and gravity) while the panels are supported by braces and the sequence of how those loads are applied can have significant impact on the final reinforcing design.

About the Speaker

Mark Remmetter received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in civil engineering from the University of Cincinnati. He designed his first tilt-up building in 1990 and since then has designed hundreds of single and multi-story tilt-up projects located all over the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. He was involved in the design of several of the first four and five story tilt-up buildings in the South Florida market.

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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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