Tilt-up is a method of construction whereby large concrete panels are cast onsite and then raised into position with a crane. The building system, which was conceptualized in the early 1900s, is used throughout North America and across the globe. It is employed on virtually every building type, from distribution centers, to schools, churches, libraries, retail centers, and office buildings.
Once considered a method suitable only for large warehouses, today, tilt-up construction is the method of choice for many developers, designers and contractors because of its numerous benefits.
Tilt-up concrete construction is not new; it has been in use for well over a century. Since the mid-1940s it has developed into the preferred method of construction for many types of buildings and structures. The benefits of tilt-up are numerous. Speed-of-construction, economy, durability, and design flexibility are the reasons most cited for building with tilt-up.
To dive deeper into the benefits of tilt-up related to specific building types and see impressive examples, check out the TCA’s Architecture of Tilt-Up Series. More titles coming soon!
In addition to a world-class technical hotline available to members and an extensive products directory, the Tilt-Up Concrete Association maintains a library of publications, guidelines and technical documents to assist with the planning, design, engineering and construction of tilt-up buildings.
Home to nearly 2,000 tilt-up projects, the TCA’s Tilt-Up Project Database features an easy to use interface allowing users to search by building type, location, number of stories, finish, contractor, architect, engineer and more.
Projects are added each year through our Tilt-Up Achievement Awards program and can be added throughout the year by members using the project submittal feature.
The Top 10 list for tilt-up projects was created initially as a way of proving many of the myths surrounding tilt-up wrong as well as recognizing the extreme accomplishments that had been achieved, However, since it became established, the efforts made to achieve a higher mark have been impressive.