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8 West Centre

8 West Centre is an approximately 240,000-sq.-ft., four-story Value Office project recently completed in the Houston market. After researching 300+ ton crane usage on the East Coast, such a crane was used to complete the 30-ft.-wide, four-story panels on this project. To further innovate, each 30-ft. panel was separated by "triveting," adding a 5-ft.-wide glazed gap, and topped it off with a ribbon window on the top story. As always, the Value Office building also features column-free, all-glazed corners as well.

The result is a building that defies categorization as tilt wall, and indeed overshadows many telltale signs a pre-cast building has. The glass-to-wall ratio is the indicator of this quality - 67% glass-to-wall, 62% being vision glass. The lease line on the interior is 25 ft. of continuous glass, 2.5 ft. tilt leg, 5 ft. of glazing and repeat. This combination of glass to wall ratio and lease line exceeds many all curtain wall buildings.

The 8 West Centre project achieved LEED Gold Certification, exemplifying tilt-up construction as a sustainable method. Additionally, the cost of construction only (site not included) on this project was $60 per square foot, a savings of nearly $18 per square foot over an identical conventionally built building.

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Project Location

Houston, TX 77043
United States

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Project Team (TCA Members)

General Contractor:
Concrete Contractor:
Powers Brown Architecture
Cardno Haynes Whaley, Inc.
CMC Construction Services

Project Specifics

Project Category:
Building Types:
Number of Floors:
Number of Panels:
43 panels
Tilt-Up Wall Area:
50,227 sq ft (4,666 sq m)
Total Floor Area:
237,998 sq ft (22,110 sq m)
Project Footprint:
57,325 sq ft (5,325 sq m)
Tallest Panel:
70 ft 5 in (21.46 m)
Widest Panel:
39 ft 11 in (12.17 m)
Largest Panel:
1,061 sq ft (98.6 sq m)
Heaviest Panel:
171,800 lbs (77,927 kg)
Tallest Cantilever:
10 ft 0 in (3.05 m)
Longest Spandrel:
14 ft 11 in (4.55 m)