Tilt-Up Construction and Its Features

April 18, 2012 — 1,142 views  

When building a large structure, there are hundreds of workers that need to be coordinated to ensure the project is completed safely. There are several different ways to approach the composition process, but one particular method may be quicker and easier than others. Tilt-up construction is a method that many contractors and supervisors are considering today.

This particular type of construction uses low-cost materials shipped from domestic locations to avoid high transportation costs. For example, the raw material for concrete and tile will come from local quarries instead of international companies.

Concrete is what gives tilt-up construction its name. During the project, workers hammer footings around the concrete slab base to prepare for the incorporation of panels. These panels are made of wooden pieces joined together on top of the slab, which act as a base for the cement walls. The eventual wooden blueprint includes gaps for doors, windows and entrance-ways.

After the panel is complete, workers run an interlocking steel mesh of bars and wires into the prototype. This includes hooks and mechanisms for eventually lifting the entire panel. Concrete is then poured over the unit and allowed to set.

Finally, a crane is used to hoist, maneuver, and eventually drop the panel into previously-installed footings. Essentially, a wall is built in seconds, which results in drastically reduced labor times.