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Nordic Naturals

Fish-oil distributor Nordic Naturals sought to replicate the character of a Norwegian fishing village in their new corporate offices and large warehouse/distribution center, and felt Tilt-Up construction would be the best way to mimic their unique skylines and soaring heights.

To translate the villages' traditional board-and-batten construction into concrete, the team built formliners with wood grain patterns and added wood battens to the face of the concrete panels. Tilt-Up proved ideal for reproducing the steep roof slopes and gables of Norwegian architecture, although the 40-foot-wide and, in some cases, 48-foot-high panels presented the crews with some challenges.

With copious window holes on the panels, the team was tasked with figuring out a solution that would maintain minimal panel thickness to keep the crane loads reasonable while avoiding excessive reinforcing to keep the budget in check.

The project is LEED registered NC 2.2 with a target of Gold. The project used 30 percent regional materials and 20 percent recycled content. It was also designed to be 31.5 percent more efficient than ASHRAE 90.1-2004.

The building's owner was ecstatic with the finished product, praising Tilt-Up's ability to deliver an authentic replica of a Norwegian fishing village in a short timeframe.

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Project Location

Watsonville, CA 95076
United States

This project was a 2010 TCA Tilt-Up Achievement Award winner.

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Project Specifics

Project Category:
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Number of Floors:
Tilt-Up Wall Area:
40,411 sq ft (3,754 sq m)
Total Floor Area:
89,384 sq ft (8,304 sq m)
Project Footprint:
66,000 sq ft (6,131 sq m)
Tallest Panel:
46 ft 10 in (14.30 m)
Widest Panel:
43 ft 11 in (13.39 m)
Largest Panel:
1,598 sq ft (148.5 sq m)
Heaviest Panel:
115,630 lbs (52,449 kg)
Recycled Content:
25 tons (US)