Tilt-up panel construction provides an efficient and effective wall construction process, and with continuously improving architectural and structural design ideas, tilt-up continues to evolve and become a more flexible and versatile form of construction. Once tilted and in-place, a concrete panel can provide both structure and a secure exterior skin and continues to be one of the most cost-effective construction methods in use today.
We have been working with tilt-up concrete panels since the mid-nineties and have seen it transform from a warehouse only option to a widely accepted construction choice for nearly every type of building.
In 1999, we constructed our first tilt-up school in Chilliwack, and since then we have completed many more tilts ranging from the straight forward to the challengingly complex, including arguably three of the most notable tilt-up projects in British Columbia.
The Gleneagles project in West Vancouver features 50-foot high curved top panels that incorporate insulated sandwich wall construction, in-wall radiant piping, and finished concrete that is exposed on both sides. This project earned the highest score from the Tilt-Up Concrete Association in 2004 and has won multiple awards since completion.
Sunset Community Centre in Vancouver took the expectation of what can be achieved with tilt-up concrete to yet another level. Like Gleneagles, this building incorporated insulated sandwich wall panel construction, curved profile panels and stands as a testament to just how much can be done with tilt-up concrete construction, including the widest spandrel panel ever lifted at the time.
The Chilliwack Cultural Centre incorporated what were at the time, the tallest tilt-up panels in Canada. At 83-feet tall, 28 of these giants are utilized to create the fly tower and elevator for the stage and theatre area for this landmark building.
We continue to pour and tilt concrete projects throughout the lower mainland and have used the larger panel format available with tilt-up to complement our pre-cast panel projects when it was more practical and efficient to achieve the client’s desired results.