Tilt-Up Design Honored for Pushing Height Envelope

Sierra Pines II in Houston, Texas.

Sierra Pines II in Houston, Texas.

With the state’s longstanding reputation for all things “big,” it’s quite a feat to say you’ve designed the tallest tilt-up building in Texas. At six stories, Sierra Pines II now holds this record, officially being the tallest building constructed with load-bearing tilt-up concrete in the state.

Last month, the Tilt-Up Concrete Association (TCA) – an international nonprofit organization that serves to expand and improve the use of tilt-up as the preferred building system –honored the project with a 2015 Excellence in Achievement award. This award is given as part of the organization’s annual Tilt-Up Achievement awards program.

The 154,000-square-foot office is vertical in its proportions, which differentiates it from many tilt-up projects. The building’s six stories were constructed with a lower four-story panel, and a two-story panel stacked on top. As you can see from the photos, the joints in the panels aren’t vertically aligned, which architecturally breaks down the scale of the building. Large amounts of glass at the corners and entryway, and sunshade elements add to the architectural appeal of this Class A office building. Because there was no precedent for a tilt-up structure of this magnitude, the team relied on LJB’s tilt-up expertise and ingenuity to design the right structural solution for this project.

“The dedication to innovation demonstrated by the Sierra Pines II project team is inspiring,” said Mitch Bloomquist, executive director of TCA. “They are opening new doors for the industry and changing the perception of tilt-up as it applies to Class A office construction.”

The project team was made of up professionals from LJB, E.E. Reed Construction, L.P., and Powers Brown Architecture, Stream Realty Partners and TAS Commercial Concrete Construction, LLC.

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