Tilt-Up Construction for Educational Institutions
Sitecast, or Tilt-up Construction is a durable, time, and money efficient way of building for educational buildings. More than ever before, schools boards are challenged to respond to huge enrollment increases. With a growing student population in Ontario, Canada, flocking already overcrowded and aging facilities, there is a tremendous need for new or renovated educational facilities completed on a tight schedule. But, beyond space issues there also is a growing concern about indoor air quality, sustainability, mold and a tighter building envelope.
As such, communities are turning to site cast Tilt-Up construction as a long-term, energy efficient and durable solution for their schools in Canada. The quality and durability of both concrete and Tilt-Up construction make it an obvious choice for school boards seeking to ensure a long-lasting usable life for their facilities. And, the diverse portfolio of educational Tilt-Up projects of Tiltwall Ontario demonstrates the method’s effectiveness in responding to the construction industry’s changing needs.
”Ensuring that our children and future generations have the proper space to learn is critical to our future. School districts in Ontario give Tiltwall an A+ for their inventiveness and ingenuity in successfully creating safe, energy-efficient, easy to maintain, cost-effective and durable structures”
The Process of Sitecast Tilt-Up Construction
- First the concrete floor slab or a casting slab is poured on which the tilt-up panels will be built.
- The concrete wall construction begins with laying out the panels on the concrete floor slab. Perimeter forms are set up. Next window and door boxes are blocked out and set in place. Reveal lines and architectural design are secured.
- If the concrete panels are insulated the outside face will be poured and insulation and connectors are installed.
- Steel Reinforcing is added. Electrical and mechanical conduit is installed. Embeds for structural connections and lifting are put in place.
- Concrete is poured into panels and cured.
- Concrete panels are erected and temporary bracing is installed.
- Structural connections are made and braces are removed.
The Advantages of Tilt-Up Construction for Educational Buildings.
Unlimited Design & Beauty with Concrete
- Any structure build with Tilt-Up panels can be an attractive building in which you can take pride.
- An unlimited array of colourings that can be added to the concrete mix or textured paints and stains of any colour may be used for beautiful effects on the concrete walls.
- Many different exterior finishes can be achieved using different formliners, reveal lines, thin brick and block, or even concrete stamps.
- With tilt-Up you can have any shape of panel you want including round, curved, panels that tilt in or out, as well as shadow panels.
Extreme Durability of Tilt-Up panels
- The natural rugged durability of concrete and practical construction detailing reduces building maintenance costs.
- Because of their lasting value, tilt-up buildings are a preferred investment in the eyes of lending institutions and school boards.
- Concrete buildings maintain their appearance, structural integrity and value enabling good resale.
Thermal Efficient Concrete
- The thermal energy properties of concrete, combined with a variety of insulation systems, minimize energy costs.
- Heating/cooling loads and even the size of mechanical units may be reduced in some building environments.
- Tilt-up buildings are air tight, and the insulation (which acts as a vapour barrier) is continuous from footing through the roof.
High-quality Construction for lower costs
The speed of tilt-up allows for earlier occupancy, and reduces overall construction time and costs. And, much of the construction is done at ground level, eliminating vertical forming and scaffolding, which reduces construction costs as well as meaning a safer work environment.
Additionally, Tilt-Up will extend the longevity of the building, what makes it cost-efficiently on long-term.
”A construction method which eliminates the cumbersome practice of constructing two wooden walls to get one concrete wall.” ~ Thomas A Edison, 1909