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Concrete Tilt-Ups

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Concrete Tilt-Ups
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What is a Concrete
Tilt-Up?

Tilt-up concrete gets its name from the manner in which construction occurs: by lifting or tilting panels with a crane to form the walls of buildings. Panels can be produced in many shapes and sizes, including flat and curved sections. Concrete placement is fast and easy because it is done on the ground.

Floor surfaces serve as casting beds or sometimes separate casting beds are built. Panels can be stacked on top of each other if space is limited. Because the panels are cast on site, their size is not limited by trucking considerations. Panels are typically rather large in size so that there are relatively few joints in buildings.

*Source: cement.org

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Concrete Tilt-Ups

Rapid and Economical

Tilt-up construction is rapid and economical. While it became popular for large buildings with simple floor plans (“big box construction”), new techniques have expanded the market to improve the design flexibility, making it suitable for small buildings and ones that have more involved layouts. The key to success is planning. Now schools, retail, commercial and civic projects, religious structures, and residences are common applications, too.

Abstract vertical lines on tilt slab concrete building
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Contractor Advantage

Contractors appreciate that much of the work is done at ground level and is fast and efficient, with repetition providing time savings. Making tilt-up concrete panels is essentially like casting slabs instead of walls. Formwork placement is faster and simpler, including block-outs for door and window openings. Panels are cast on site and if space is tight, they can be stack-cast to minimize site disturbance.

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Fitness asian woman jumping rope next to a large concrete tilt-up

Sizes

Uninsulated panels are typically seven to 12 inches thick. Insulated panels are sandwich-type construction. The outer face is two to three inches thick, the insulation is two to six inches thick, and the inner layer is the structural portion of the wall with a thickness similar to uninsulated panels. Connectors are inserted through the insulation to tie the two concrete faces together.

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Installation

Following facedown casting, panels are installed by lifting off the slab and attaching to the foundation/slab. The combination of dowels from the slab and attachment to adjacent panels provides the structural integrity of the building. During placement, panels are braced until they are all tied together to make the walls. Operations are scheduled for lifting the panels in quick succession. Connections that were cast into the concrete allow panels to be welded together. Then vertical joints are filled with sealants.

Vertical rock wall detailing with stone and concrete patterning
Vertical rock wall detailing with stone and concrete patterning

Finishes

Architectural concrete treatments add rich detail and surface appearance to panels. Rustications and reveals can create the appearance of various panel sizes and shadow lines. Finishes and panel configurations have seen much development in recent years so that these panels offer the same versatility as other concrete wall systems. Common finishes include colored concrete, exposed aggregate, and form liner textures.

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