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2013 TCA Tilt-Up Achievement Award - Office Division

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This 45,000-square-foot corporate headquarters for a civil engineering company began with an extremely aggressive budget, and tilt-up provided the ideal solution for the budget without compromising the design or composition. Three of the building's corners use F-shape panels to allow for full-vision glass and two curtain wall features. The lobby uses the panel leg as a design feature, seamlessly integrating it with a bench that branches off of the leg. The entire skin was erected in two days, and vital interior design elements were integrated with the tilt-wall metric.

This small smart-box design utilizes tilt-up construction to deliver high architecture to a small business at an affordable price.

Project Specifics

Project Floor Area
44,564 sq ft
(4,140 sq m)
Project Footprint
15,000 sq ft
(1,394 sq m)
Tallest Panel
47 ft 0 in
(14.33 m)
Widest Panel
30 ft 0 in
(9.14 m)
Largest Panel
986 sq ft
(91.6 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
124,640 lbs
(56,536 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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