When the National Cancer Institute (NCI) wanted to build a state-of-the-art research facility in a short amount of time, tilt-up construction was the best solution. Using tilt-up not only met the aggressive schedule, but saved the owner $1.4 million compared to masonry construction. And, tilt-up provided lower maintenance costs, greater insulation value and reduced impact on the environment.
NCI’s Advanced Technology Research Facility at Riverside Research Park in Maryland is a three-story, 332,000-square-foot facility that includes a development and manufacturing facility, laboratories and administrative offices.
To allow construction to start as soon as possible, LJB completed the tilt-up panel design first, rather than the traditional process of starting with framing. Morgan-Keller, Inc., the design-build contractor, used casting slabs and started panel construction on the mass grading permit before the shell permit was obtained. The change in design process also allowed Morgan-Keller to order necessary materials faster to combat long fabrication and material lead times.
The greatest challenge on this project was the schedule, but the design-build team achieved substantial completion more than a month prior to the commitment date. The entire team exhibited high-level coordination, commitment and management to achieve the project goals.
This facility received a Tilt-Up Achievement Award and was selected as the 2011 CON/STEEL Building of the Year winner for architectural appeal. To learn more about this project, click here to watch the Building of the Year video.