Full tilt

15 April 2008

Among the most popular building construction methods in the US for shopping centers, large-scale “big box” retail stores and even multi-story office buildings is tilt-up concrete.

For 30 years, tilt-up has been a leading construction method of choice for reasons that include strength and speed of installation.

Tilt-up panels offer the strength of reinforced concrete with rapid erection, allowing much shorter building times.

On a new auto dealership in Sheffield, OH, Cleveland-based All Erection Crane & Rigging provided a 240 ton capacity Grove GMK5240 to Star Architectural Group to set tilt-up panels that weighed between 50,000 and 80,000 plus pounds. The building's shell was erected in just three days, with the crane having to change locations on the jobsite just four times.

Concrete wall panels are cast horizontally on the floor slab, and after proper curing, are tilted up into place using the crane. Tilt-up concrete is conducive to multi-story construction and is also economically viable for larger buildings.

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