Award-winning projects tout tilt-up versatility

With more than 1,500 tilt-up buildings in our history, it may seem hard to believe that each could be unique. But, just as no two snowflakes are the same, every building has its own story to tell.

While each project is indeed special, many have received acclaim from the construction industry and have been lifted up as award-worthy. To date, LJB has received 49 Tilt-Up Achievement Awards from the Tilt-Up Concrete Association. These recognitions validate that the tilt-up product is continuing to evolve as a preferred building system, and that LJB has maintained a place at the forefront of the industry.

This year, LJB provided structural design for two of TCA’s latest award winners. The unique aspects of these two projects are highlighted below.  To learn even more about these projects—and all the 2013 TCA award winners—click here.

GrenvilleMutualGrenville Mutual Insurance
Designed by LJB Inc.; Constructed by SiteCast Construction Corp.

For its new headquarters in Kemptville, Ontario, Grenville Mutual Insurance wanted to tap into the architectural flexibility of tilt-up construction to ensure the building fit in with its natural wooded surroundings. Using the exterior façade as a canvas, the owner’s vision was brought to life when a select group of tilt-up wall panels was cast over a one-of-a-kind, embossed tree-patterned formliner, imprinting an authentic forest look. Surrounding wall panels incorporate accent textures and natural hand-set stones to accentuate the unique exterior.

Manatee County SchoolCSUSA Renaissance Charter of Manatee
Designed by LJB Inc.; Developer and design-build contractor: Ryan Companies; Tilt-Up constructed by Woodland Construction Company

The new 64,000-square-foot, two-story CSUSA Renaissance Charter of Manatee required an aggressive schedule in order to be ready for the upcoming school year. Tilt-up provided the ideal solution to get the building shell enclosed in the shortest duration possible, which allowed  interior finish trades to begin work on, or ahead of, schedule. Less than a month after ground was broken, all wall panels were erected in just two days.  Only eight weeks after ground was broken, the building envelope was completely dried in. In addition to speed, tilt-up delivered on the owner’s desire for a traditional brick appearance by employing a brick formliner as an efficient and economical alternative to cast-in thin brick or traditional hand-laid masonry.

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