As a low-cost, low-technology construction method, tilt-up concrete has become one of the fastest growing solutions for addressing lowered budget constraints. Recently, it has gained a foothold with architects as an innovative way of form-making for other projects.
It may appear strange to extol the virtues of load bearing wall construction in the 21st century after post-industrial revolution inventions such as the skeleton-frame structural systems of steel and cast-in-place concrete. However, load bearing wall construction, particularly tilt wall, has never had more potential to respond to
market challenges and capitalize on technological advancements. Recent innovations in the science of concrete composition and engineering advancements like helical fiber reinforcement have enormous implications to all aspects of the material.
Yet almost all innovations are technological. Our effort here is to advance the aesthetic potential of this ubiquitous construction system to allow it entry into new building types and make it an option for designers rather than a last resort. It is currently not possible to make reliable dimensionally stable curved edges and impossible to make meaningfully deep compound surface curves. The current method requires hand cutting of foam ballast. This in turn makes repetition difficult, shop fabrication of windows impractical and numerous other barriers.
This invention solves those issues.