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Daniel Island 8 Center

Summarize the project's program, features, and achievements: The Daniel Island 8 Center, located in a popular grocery store center, is not your average Tilt-Up project. With a 14,267 sq ft footprint on a 1.08-acre site, two structures combine to offer 24,894 sq ft of leasable square feet. Building 1 is a 2-story 8 and office center with 21,254 sq ft of leasable area, and Building 2 is a single-story 8 building separated by a 17' screened service area. The Design team faced heavy skepticism from the area’s strict architectural review board that Tilt-Up could be used in an attractive way. To ensure the success of their design, they included the Tilt-Up Contractor early on in the process. Embedded thin brick is prevalent between both buildings to match the surrounding area, with the team also adding soldier, rowlock, and recessed courses. To hide panel joints, they added mitered panel edges with quirk corners and panel edge reveals. They also created additional depth across the facade by using panels with different thicknesses, 4" recesses, and 2' returns. Recessed, painted surrounds accented the storefront openings, and hung aluminum canopies added shade, rain protection, and architectural interest. Building on a small site in a busy area, the Tilt-Up contractor had to be creative in their approach. The coordination of nearly every aspect was critical, and panel erection sequencing was heavily determined and phased based on possible crane access. Temporary casting beds were necessary in the future parking area, which also doubled as a laydown area. An easement less than 2' from the building face required the use of cantilever foundations and atypical panel-to-foundation connections. Despite the challenges, the Daniel Island 8 Center stands as a testament to the potential of Tilt-Up construction in creating unique and attractive buildings in challenging environments. The Design team and Tilt-Up contractor worked together to achieve an attractive and functional design, incorporating creative solutions that lead to the successful completion of this project.

What obstacles were overcome related to the schedule, budget, program, specification, site, etc. on this project? Small site in a busy area, Limited crane access, Highly specific Architectural details required by Review Board

Please communicate any engineering complexities or unique features of the panel design for this project. ? Using cantilever foundation at building face Utility Easement, Hipped roof overhangs, 62’ spandrel panel

What is the potential for this project's impact on the community and/or environment? Demonstrate Tilt-Up’s range and the high architectural level at which it can be built

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Project Location

Charleston, SC 29492
United States


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Project Team (TCA Members)

General Contractor:
Concrete Contractor:
Citadel Contractors, Inc.
Benton Henry

Project Specifics

Project Category:
Building Types:
Grocery Store
Applied Ornament
Brick (Thin)
Exterior insulation and finish system (EIFS)
Paint (Textured)
Cantilevered Panels
Interlocking Panels
Shadow Panels
Post Applied (Interior)
Number of Floors:
Tilt-Up Wall Area:
14,837 sq ft (1,378 sq m)
Total Floor Area:
24,894 sq ft (2,313 sq m)
Project Footprint:
14,267 sq ft (1,325 sq m)
Tallest Panel:
34 ft 11 in (10.64 m)
Widest Panel:
61 ft 4 in (18.69 m)
Largest Panel:
691 sq ft (64.2 sq m)
Heaviest Panel:
60,044 lbs (27,236 kg)
Tallest Cantilever:
5 ft 0 in (1.52 m)
Longest Spandrel:
61 ft 4 in (18.69 m)