For those not familiar with tilt-up construction, a visit to
www.tilt-up.org, the Tilt-Up Concrete
Association (TCA) web site, can provide additional details about tilt-up.
The TCA is dedicated to tilt-up
construction, standards, certification, education and training which may be
helpful to both the tilt-up novice and pro alike.
Briefly, according to the TCA, the "term 'tilt-up' was
coined in the the late 1940's to describe a method of constructing concrete
walls rapidly and economically without the formwork necessary for
walls. It is a two step process: First, slabs of
concrete, which will comprise sections of wall, are cast horizontally on the
building floor slab, or separate casting slab. Then, after attaining
proper strength, they are lifted (tilted) with a crane and set on prepared
foundations to form the exterior walls." The concept, originating perhaps
over 2000 years ago, is used today for a wide variety of building types and
situations. The key benefits being speed of construction and cost savings
over alternative construction methods. So advanced are the tilt-up designs
of today that virtually any "look" or design that can be drawn, can be made
using tilt-up. These factors account for the exponential growth of
tilt-up construction worldwide, enclosing more than 6 billion square feet in the
USA alone. Your T & M contact can elaborate on applications for tilt-up, as
well as explain the tilt-up process and answer specific questions. Contact
T & M today!