Benefits of Tilt-Up Construction
Concrete is the ultimate building material. It is fluid, strong and able to be incorporated into a structure using several different methods. Tilt-Up systems, in particular, are celebrated for their aesthetics, durability and energy-efficiency. Once exclusive to big-box warehouse space, Tilt-Up construction is now viewed as a solution for office and retail buildings, recreation centers, schools and more.
The Tilt-Up method of construction has significantly grown and evolved in recent years. It now fulfills the needs of today’s building owner and offers the following benefits:
Aesthetics: Minimalist, boxy manufacturing and distribution facilities were once the staple for Tilt-Up. Today, many new finish options are available – from paints and stains to cast-in-products like thin brick and thin block. With improved technology, tall walls can be achieved and there are less limitations to the size and shape of doors and windows. This allows architects to design Tilt-Up buildings to the owner’s wishes, using any style or form of architecture.
Schedule: For decades, the method of precasting a structure has given design and construction teams control over the project’s schedule. Construction starts sooner since all materials, such as concrete, reinforcement and most framing supplies, are readily available. The general contractor has more control over the project since there is less dependency on subcontractors and suppliers.
Value: Tilt-Up solutions are traditionally more cost-effective than other systems. Shorter construction schedules save money by reducing construction financing costs and general conditions. This method also proves to save money in long-term building expenses, such as maintenance and energy costs.
Durability & Sustainability: Tilt-Up structures offer very low maintenance and solid protection against outside forces. They’re also energy efficient. Insulation can be applied on either side or in between the concrete panels, which stores energy and regulates temperature inside. Concrete buildings systems are also fire and earthquake resistant.
Since the design of Tilt-Up panels is constantly improving, developing relationships with qualified, experienced structural engineers and architects is extremely important. A strong project team, coupled with the benefits of Tilt-Up construction, will make for a very successful project.
Chief Executive Officer
Chesapeake Contracting Group
About CCG: Over the last 30+ years, Chesapeake Contracting Group has constructed millions of square feet using the Tilt-Up method. CCG has won four national Tilt-Up Achievement Awards from the Tilt-Up Concrete Association (TCA) - including The Shops at Canton Crossing (pictured.)