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Tilt-up goes from utilitarian to architecturally appealing

The tilt-up construction method is expected to show a return to its pattern of growth. In fact, the Tilt-Up Concrete Association (TCA), Mount Vernon, IA, projects at least a 10 percent growth in terms of square feet of buildings constructed in 2000 vs. those constructed in 1999. Tilt-up growth continues not merely in terms of the number of projects and total square footage, but also in terms of architectural variety available with the building method.

The growth of tilt-up as a premier building method is evidenced by the unique designs constructed with the medium today. Hot trends include the use of non-rectangular panels, cutouts or voids in the panels, the use of deep reveals and curved panels, and a resurgence in the use of shadow panels. The architectural expression of tilt up is limited only by the creativity of the project team, so the options available today vary greatly. The following projects arm any buildings professional with the neces sary ammunition to combat the miscon ception that tilt-up is only capable of boxesand repetitive design.

Shadow Boxes

Although the use of shadow panels - panels that are cast in front of or perpendicular to the structural or building enclosure panels - is not a new concept in tilt-up design, the method is making a comeback The 159,500-square-foot PfizerWestem Logistics Facility, Reno, NV, features 12 standoff panels, one feature panel, and extensive reveals and color patterns as part of the design to avoid the appearance of a single elevation and plane.


Gentle Ripples

The tilt-up method used on construction of the

211,000-square-foot New River Elementary School, Ft. Lauderdale, FL (part of the School Board of Broward County), incorporates a marine theme into the design and exterior of the school. Here, varying the top elevation of 250 exterior panels forms an ocean wave pattern.


Negative Space

Although the tilt-up method has easily accommodated window openings, recent projects actually have "negative space" built into the panels -- area where individuals can see through the panels to the air on the other side. The pictured example is the West Springs Church, Ballwin, MO, where the use of negative space creates two taller panels with a cross -- an image both symbolic and maintenance-free. CLAYCO CONSTRUCTION CO./MCNEALY-BUMBERRY ENGINEERS, ST. LOUIS

How is it Done?

Mount Vernon, IA-based Tilt-Up Concrete Association (TCA) provides networking and educational opportunities for firms interested in utilizing the latest trends in tilt-up, including its 2001 Symposium, to be held in Arlington, VA, September 19-21.

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