Tilt Up Trends Up -
Use of this Method
in the Southeast
Continues to Expand
By: Richard Bracker
The use of tilt-up concrete construction continues to grow in popularity among contractors and designers in the Southeast.
The construction method was first used predominantly in the industrial market, and now is utilized by more than 15% of all industrial buildings, according to the Tilt-Up Concrete Association in Mount Vernon, Iowa.
In recent years in the Southeast, tilt-up has gained favor with religious buildings as well. An example is the new Oratory building on the campus of Ave Maria University in Ave Maria, Fla. The high-profile project won one of two top Excellence awards at TCAís most recent Tilt-Up Achievement Awards, presented at the World of Concrete in Las Vegas....
One architectural firm thatís high on tilt-up concrete construction is Randall Paulson Architects of Roswell, Ga.
ďWe have found that tilt-up is the most cost-effective concrete wall panel system,Ē says Kiley Green, the firmís industrial studio leader. The firmís design of the Cardinal Health regional office and distribution facility in Buford, Ga., used tilt-up.
Encompassing 372,359 sq ft, the Cardinal Health facility entailed stringent requirements for security, environmental quality and efficient inventory, packaging and distribution capabilities, Green says.
Tilt-upís relatively low cost and flexibility is important, Green adds.
By using different tilt-up forms in making a tilt panel, itís possible to replicate different materials such as brick and wood, he says.
Randall Paulson uses tilt-up for industrial, office and distribution projects and for some retail designs.
The project, finished in December 2006, earned Randall Paulson a 1st-Place Award for Industrial Design from the American Concrete Institute.
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