Concrete Tilt-Up Yields Instant GratificationContributor: Swinerton Project Team | February 28, 2014
Swinerton is using a tilt-up method of concrete construction to build the new Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital. This technique involves pouring concrete slabs—each as long as 30 feet and weighing more than 100 tons, in this case— right on the jobsite, then lifting them into place with a crane to form the walls of a building. Recent coverage of the project in The Press Democrat explains that watching the hospital rise from the ground in a matter of minutes is not only a visually stunning engineering feat, but that the process can have significant schedule and cost savings.
A versatile construction method, tilt-up is commonly used to build large retail centers, schools, warehouses, and distribution centers. Tilt-up structures may comprise more than 1,200 individual panels and some as large as 3,000 square feet. See the Tilt-Up Concrete Association’s list of the Top Ten Largest Panels for amazing stats and photos.
Photo credit The Press Democrat.