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Vimy Ridge Elementary School

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Vimy Ridge Elementary School is the fifth tilt-up school in the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board's portfolio. Tilt-up is quickly gaining traction in this and other school boards in Ontario as a cost-effective alternative to conventional masonry construction. These buildings are opening on time and under budget! The thermal efficiency of the concrete sandwich wall design is reflected in measurable operation savings costs of the facilities. The superior building envelope concept is resulting in improved interior environmental conditions which have continued benefits to students and faculty. The intrinsic properties of tilt-up construction are unparalleled with respect to building life cycle analysis. Pick any one of the numerous advantages of tilt-up; Vimy Ridge Elementary is without exception.

Vimy Ridge Elementary School is a two-story, 45,000 square foot facility located in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The Building incorporated 95 tilt-up panels the largest of which was 715 sq. Ft. and weighed in at 77,000 lbs. The panels boosted a 4" Thermomass sandwich wall design. The exterior was wrapped with a thin brick veneer. The architect combined the colours and textures of the brick, with the details of featured glazed curtain wall sections and contrasting bright texture coatings, to create a facade with a dynamic modern and inspiring appeal. The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board's progressive thinking and selection of tilt-up construction are providing them with buildings that suit such a mentality. OCDSB leaned on tilt-up to provide them with an energy efficient, low maintenance structures that maximize their minimal construction dollars. Tilt-up passed the grade on all aspects and will save money for the Board annually on their operational dollars.

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Project Location

Ottawa, ON

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Project Team (TCA Members)

General Contractor:
Concrete Contractor:
LJB Inc.

Project Specifics

Project Category:
Building Types:
Elementary School
Brick (Thin)
Paint (Textured)
Embedded Items
Interlocking Panels
Sandwich Panel (Composite)
Number of Floors:
Number of Panels:
95 panels
Tilt-Up Wall Area:
33,405 sq ft (3,103 sq m)
Total Floor Area:
44,929 sq ft (4,174 sq m)
Project Footprint:
37,986 sq ft (3,529 sq m)
Tallest Panel:
28 ft 0 in (8.53 m)
Widest Panel:
34 ft 5 in (10.49 m)
Largest Panel:
716 sq ft (66.5 sq m)
Heaviest Panel:
77,000 lbs (34,927 kg)
Longest Spandrel:
28 ft 6 in (8.69 m)