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Blue Ridge Gatorade Facility

With Tilt-Up construction completed in a mere three months, the team used Tilt-Up as one of the main and vital components to the Blue Ridge Gatorade Facility. The owner desired LEED Gold Certification, and Tilt-Up construction offered a solution combining regional materials (concrete) with recycled content and increased energy-efficiency gained by thermal mass. This combination produced the largest LEED™ Gold Certified Food and Beverage project in the world.

The interior of the processing facility uses approximately 42,000-square-feet of troweled Tilt-Up panels, providing a smooth finish to address hygienic concerns. The façade is articulated by large punched openings in the Tilt-Up panels and a pilaster effect, at the front office/entry elevation, is created by a panel depth of 14-inches. Tilt-Up construction ensured that the design responded to the owner’s commitment to sustainability by providing a facility that was inviting, highly functional, aesthetically pleasing and environmentally responsible.

The goal at Blue Ridge was to double per-employee production rates, and this was achieved in the first year of operation.

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Project Location

Wytheville, VA 24382
United States

This project was a 2009 TCA Tilt-Up Achievement Award winner.

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Project Team (TCA Members)

General Contractor:
Concrete Contractor:
The Haskell Company
Meadow Burke
Dayton Superior Corporation

Project Specifics

Project Category:
Building Types:
Number of Floors:
Number of Panels:
310 panels
Tilt-Up Wall Area:
238,000 sq ft (22,110 sq m)
Total Floor Area:
950,000 sq ft (88,255 sq m)
Project Footprint:
946,026 sq ft (87,886 sq m)
Tallest Panel:
47 ft 1 in (14.35 m)
Widest Panel:
38 ft 6 in (11.73 m)
Largest Panel:
1,330 sq ft (123.6 sq m)
Heaviest Panel:
148,300 lbs (67,268 kg)
Tallest Cantilever:
20 ft 0 in (6.10 m)