The construction of a sanctuary for Seven Rivers Presbyterian Church was a project 10 years in the making. The congregation, which had previously met in a gymnasium, wanted a structure that would be a source of pride both to parishioners and the community at large. The resulting structure, inspired by French gothic cathedrals, features a 93-foot-high point—the largest Tilt-Up panel erected in the United States to date. Eight smaller points of 50 and 70 feet come together to give the sanctuary a distinctive crown-like appearance.
To deal with space constraints (more than 80,000 square feet of Tilt-Up walls had to be constructed within a 100,000-square-foot area), the contractor cast the 137 panels on site using casting beds rather than the floor slab. New panels were poured on top of existing panels to further save space.
To insulate the surrounding schools and residences from construction traffic and noise, a strict 7 a.m.-to-5 p.m. workday was enforced. The contractor designated special panels (eventually covered by paint or drywall) on which church members wrote Scripture passages and dedications to friends and family members.
Judges cited that by incorporating elements of French gothic catherdal design, this project brought Tilt-Up to new heights.
Lecanto, FL 34461
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