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Nature's One

Infant Nutrition is a highly specialized segment of the global food processing industry, Organic Infant Nutrition takes that specialization to another level. When Nature’s One, the world’s first and only independent organic infant formula manufacturer began planning their new 90,000 SF state of the art production facility in Heath Ohio, this specialization drew them to tilt-up construction. The plant will be focused on purity, with products free of contamination from pesticides, herbicides and other harmful chemicals. To ensure the high quality manufacturing required to meet the organic label every aspect of the construction needed to be coordinated and approved by the process equipment team. Starting 8 months before construction, detailed planning began on the 93’ tall Drying Tower. The tower houses nearly all of the process equipment and storage tanks and consists five floor levels and intermediate equipment platforms. The structure consists of 74 stacked wall panels that included hundreds of embeds to support 35 site cast floor and roof sections along with process piping and equipment. The floor panels had extremely precise dimensional tolerances and coordinated opening locations to accommodate the installation of many prefabricated stainless steel process equipment components that were installed in conjunction with the erection of the tilt panels. In order to maintain the high level of cleanliness required to eliminate potential mold or bacteria growth the panels and floors needed a finish that was free of small holes or offsets and due to access challenges many of the equipment pads and curbs for the process systems were installed on the ground prior to erection so they could be epoxy coated and finished properly. As the floors were completed process equipment and precast stair sections were installed presenting rigging and bracing challenges for the next lift of walls. As an economic solution to cast the panels, the loading dock pavement was redesigned to be placed in two lifts with the bottom lift used for casting the panels and the top, sloping lift installed after the tower was completed. Presenting a unique logistical challenge, the production tower is attached to a 60,000 SF pre-engineered office and warehouse building that was constructed at the same time as the tilt-up tower.  
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Project Location

Heath, OH
United States

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Project Team (TCA Members)

General Contractor:
Concrete Contractor:
Lithko Contracting, Inc.
Valarie Kennedy

Project Specifics

Project Category:
Building Types:
Manufacturing Plant
Concrete (Raw/Sealed)
Paint (Flat)
Embedded Items
Interlocking Panels
Stacked Panels
Number of Floors:
Number of Panels:
99 panels
Tilt-Up Wall Area:
41,358 sq ft (3,842 sq m)
Total Floor Area:
1,170 sq ft (109 sq m)
Project Footprint:
2,929 sq ft (272 sq m)
Tallest Panel:
51 ft 7 in (15.72 m)
Largest Panel:
1,133 sq ft (105.3 sq m)
Heaviest Panel:
131,000 lbs (59,421 kg)