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Chico's Support Center - Building 10

2013 TCA Tilt-Up Achievement Award - Office Division

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The new Chico's corporate office building (Building 10) is located on the National Store Support Center (NSSC) 60-acre campus. The facility houses Chico's human resources, technology, e-commerce, store design and construction departments. The size and appearance of Building 10 stands out as the only multi-story building on the campus, which required an almost flawless finish. With this goal in mind, the owner chose tilt-up construction for its fast-track abilities and architectural flexibility.

Building 10 boasts many unique architectural features - most prominent is the exterior design. Exterior building features include cantilevered members, tapered panels and compound shapes used by the designer for appeal. The shell system and tilt-up panel finish were designed to remain unfinished and provide an exposed concrete look for the majority of the building's skin. Nearly all tilt-up panels were coated with a clear sealer, which required a flawless panel finish without any marring or scars and with minimal appearance of form lines.

A total of 113 tilt-up panels were used on the 90,466-square-foot wall-panel surface area. Tilt-up panels were as tall as 59 feet, 11 inches and as wide as 34 feet, with the largest panel weighed 171,850 pounds. Working with the client's vision, the architect included conical reveals (snap-tie cones) throughout the panels that did not have linear reveals. This required that the spacing and alignment be precise and align accordingly with all adjacent panels. Precise layout of erratic, random linear reveals was required in order to ensure the stair tower reveals aligned with adjacent panels, and close coordination among all design team members was necessary to ensure alignment.

Chico's National Store Support Center, Building 10 was praised locally for its fast-paced erection and creation of more than 400 new jobs in Lee County. The project was also applauded by the Lee County Development District and Governor Rick Scott's office. Building 10 is currently pending Silver status by the Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC).

Project Specifics

Project Wall Area
90,466 sq ft
(8,404 sq m)
Project Floor Area
146,555 sq ft
(13,615 sq m)
Project Footprint
50,515 sq ft
(4,693 sq m)
Tallest Panel
59 ft 11 in
(18.26 m)
Widest Panel
34 ft 0 in
(10.36 m)
Largest Panel
2,040 sq ft
(189.5 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
171,850 lbs
(77,950 kg)
Tallest Cantilever Panel
53 ft 0 in
(16.15 m)
Longest Spandrel Panel
21 ft 7 in
(6.58 m)

Participating TCA Members

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General contractor
Permit Engineering Services Inc
Project engineer
Meadow BurkeSustaining Member icon
Tilt-Up accessories
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Tilt-Up accessories

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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