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What do you all think about tilt-up concrete construction? Is it as effective and efficient as everyone says? What are its limits? Should I work with a design-build contractor who has a lot of experience in the field? Tilt-up seems like a great method, but I haven't really found any bad reviews which makes me a little nervous.

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-Z
 

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Tilt-up is great for the right application- usually that's a large warehouse. What type of project are you considering it for?
 

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I've never been around any field work involving tilt up construction, but I do structural steel detailing and have done a few buildings utilizing tilt up concrete panels. All of the projects we did were strip malls and they were all design/build. Looking at the plans, it looked pretty straightforward and efficient.
 

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Lots of things you can do with site poured tilt ups to make them not look like concrete. You can buy some pads that lay in first to give in a split block or brick finish. Or you and do some nice detailing by laying wood strips down. I see them around here and by the time they are done with paint and awnings , you would never guess they were concrete.

But what i really like the the pre cast, pre stressed panels made by a local company. They do some fancy stuff with concrete walls and they can pour them today and put them on a truck and set them tomorrow which you don't want to try with site poured walls.
 

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Tilt up is the wonder of our age. The only problem with it is that when you are done....you have a tiltup. Kind of like the mobile home of commercial construction.
 
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