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Eagle Burgmann

2013 TCA Tilt-Up Achievement Award - Manufacturing/Industrial Division

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This project for a German holding company's American division had the objective of capitalizing on its proximity to a major well-traveled highway to increase the company's presence and brand. The existing facility was a functional single-story industrial box with mezzanine that facilitated the manufacturing and testing of valves. The consolidation of the off-site management arm of the company combined with office space for a recent acquisition had to be seamlessly combined to form the new headquarters. While large enough to accommodate the two-story office addition, the site simply could not also accommodate required parking. Thus, a vertical building allowed for the iconographic expression and the flexibility to seam into the mezzanine level of the factory.

To meet aggressive budget and schedule constraints, the architects redesigned this project from conventional construction to the first four-story tilt-up project in Houston with no reduction in aesthetic appeal. The addition's lower levels include training and vendor spaces on the ground, with factory operations and engineering at the second level, spanning both the new and existing footprints. The new tower offers executive spaces for both divisions with concomitant support spaces. The tower is integrated with the lower factory building with a vertical/horizontal transaction zone - a knot of circulation allowing the floor-to-floor heights at levels one and two to calibrate through soft ramps. The tower's skin is designed with solar orientation in mind.

The north-facing facade, behind which the open-office areas are located, is clad in high-performance curtain wall, while the direct west-facing elevation is punctuated with punched openings that directly index the proportions on the factory building. Most of the closed office spaces reside on this side. Each of the upper office tower levels has a curved balcony for the executive offices use.

A small footprint and a vertically oriented building required precision in construction sequencing and complex bracing strategies. Highly recognizable and visible, the EagleBurgmann facility demonstrates the successful use of multiple tilt-up techniques, including spandrel panels, ribbon windows and punched openings.


Project Specifics

Project Wall Area
11,985 sq ft
(1,113 sq m)
Project Floor Area
26,802 sq ft
(2,490 sq m)
Project Footprint
6,862 sq ft
(637 sq m)
Tallest Panel
61 ft 9 in
(18.82 m)
Widest Panel
30 ft 0 in
(9.14 m)
Largest Panel
695 sq ft
(64.6 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
62,500 lbs
(28,350 kg)
Longest Spandrel Panel
30 ft 0 in
(9.14 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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