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Direct Relief

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ARCO Design/Build (ARCO) is proud to submit the new warehouse and distribution center built for Direct Relief in Santa Barbara, California for your consideration. ARCO’s team worked with Direct Relief to support the design and construction of a new facility to keep up with their expanded service and support. ARCO worked hand-in-hand with the owners to complete a 130,000 SF HVAC conditioned warehouse with 27,000 SF of Class A office space constructed with concrete tilt wall panels featuring a 25% structural capacity increase to account for any seismic activity. A distinguishing and stand out feature that contributes to the aesthetics of the design is the unique quality of the concrete work and details, provided by KCB Builders, a leading structural concrete construction firm. Direct Relief’s Class A office space features an exposed concrete finish on the interior walls. A labor-intensive sacking and patching of the interior and exterior concrete walls created an industrial appearance. To ensure an even finish on all the surfaces, the KCB team used a laser screed. For the main entry, cast-in-place concrete was used to create trellis columns for a dramatic entrance. The 2nd-floor office mezzanine features a glass front that provides office personnel and visitors a view of the exterior landscape. On the building’s exterior, the concrete team skillfully utilized a staggered form-liner within the panel forms resulting in a unique finished appearance with a reed-like texture. Additionally, the concrete tilt panels utilize a buttress-like effect that is very uncommon for warehouse buildings. KCB ensured consistent concrete strength and avoided cold joints by pumping all concrete, producing crisp lines while avoiding chipping through the use of chamfers on forms.

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Project Location

Santa Barbara, CA
United States

This project was a 2019 TCA Tilt-Up Achievement Award winner.

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Project Team (TCA Members)

General Contractor:
ARCO Design/Build Inc.
Concrete Contractor:
Erin Feinblatt Photography

Project Specifics

Project Category:
Building Types:
Applied Ornament
Concrete (Polished)
Paint (Textured)
Angled Panels (Elevation-Edge/Shape)
Cantilevered Panels
Post Applied (Interior)
Number of Floors:
Number of Panels:
187 panels
Tilt-Up Wall Area:
100,550 sq ft (9,341 sq m)
Total Floor Area:
160,419 sq ft (14,903 sq m)
Project Footprint:
154,934 sq ft (14,393 sq m)
Tallest Panel:
45 ft 0 in (13.72 m)
Heaviest Panel:
148,000 lbs (67,132 kg)
Tallest Cantilever:
38 ft 0 in (11.58 m)
Longest Spandrel:
27 ft 0 in (8.23 m)