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Scottsdale’s Museum of the West to Be Highlighted on the Tilt-Up Buildings Tour at the 25th Convention and Expo

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Prepare to be captivated by the fusion of sustainability and cultural richness at the 25th Tilt-Up Convention and Expo in Phoenix, which will take place October 9–11, 2024. Among the highlights of this event is an exclusive tour of the Scottsdale Museum of the West.

Nestled within Scottsdale’s historic arts district, the Museum of the West is a testament to the power of creative collaboration and environmental stewardship. Focusing on integrated project delivery (IPD) and integrative environmental design, this cultural gem has redefined what it means to build responsibly and sustainably.

A deep reverence for the surrounding landscape is at the heart of the Museum’s design ethos. Drawing inspiration from the rugged beauty of the American West, the architecture seamlessly integrates with its environment, paying homage to the region’s rich heritage while embracing modernity.

From the moment visitors step through its doors, a harmonious blend of natural light, open spaces, and sustainable materials greets them. Tilt-up concrete and pre-engineered steel structures provide not only durability but also thermal mass and adaptability, while low-E glazing and exterior shading elements mitigate heat gain. Thus, the museum’s environmental footprint is reduced without sacrificing comfort or aesthetics.

The museum’s commitment to resource efficiency is not just a part of its architectural design—it’s a core value. Through meticulous material selection and innovative construction practices, such as reusing wood boards for tilt-up forms and repurposing construction debris, every effort was made to minimize waste and maximize sustainability. This dedication to the environment is truly inspiring and sets a high standard for responsible design.

“The Scottsdale Museum of the West offers a captivating experience, blending distinctive tilt-panel design and the rich flavors of the Southwest showcased in its artwork and exhibits,” said Cindy Kennemer, vice president of Hardrock Concrete Placement, and a member of the 2024 Host Committee. “It offers a unique journey through the region’s history, with its building design standing out for its unparalleled creativity. The concrete tilt panels boast a board-formed texture, accentuated by vertically aligned one-inch ‘ribs.’ Once lifted into place, these ribs fracture, evoking the rugged beauty of saguaro cactus spines, textured with the warmth of wood grains. Recognized for its excellence, the project received the 2016 Overall Project of the Year award from the American Concrete Institute’s Arizona chapter, along with an Excellence in Achievement award from the Tilt-Up Concrete Association.”

Embarking on the guided tour of the museum is not just a visit, it’s an exclusive opportunity. As attendees, you will have the privilege to engage directly with the project team, gaining invaluable insights into the design process, construction challenges, and future aspirations of this cultural landmark. This is a unique experience you won’t want to miss.

Registration for the Tilt-Up Convention and Expo opens this spring, offering attendees the chance to participate in this transformative experience. Don’t miss your chance to explore the intersection of art, culture, and sustainability at Scottsdale’s Museum of the West—a true testament to the boundless possibilities of responsible design and collaboration.

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