The new Armed Forces Reserve Center in Muskogee, Okla. houses the Army National Guard and the United States Army Reserves.
Tilt-Up is utilized as the exterior envelope for the Reserve Center with a progression of detail and articulation from the public front to the more utilitarian building rear. Tilt-Up serves as the backup to the stone at the main entry front, which features a "Core Armory" with stone veneer. In addition, Tilt-Up also acts as the "trimwork" within the stonework: the watertable, horizontal banding, window heads, parapet "cap", entry arch, circular elements, backdrop for the Thunderbird logo, and central "shield" at the parapet above the main entrance.
Both the primary and secondary roof drainage was fully integrated into the Tilt-Up panel design, which avoided a negative aesthetic impact. A receiver box leads to dual downspouts for the primary roof drainage within thickened "pointed" panels. The panels are thicker than the typical wall to provide depth along the facades and house the paired downspouts.
Tilt-Up was used effectively not only on the building exterior, but on the interior as well. The lowest portion of the interior walls for the Drill Hall are painted, exposed Tilt-Up, which is very abuse-resistant.
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