The history of tilt-up construction teaches us that it is the contractor who is primarily responsible for the successful introduction of the tilt-up technique into new markets. It wasn't until after World War II, when the country experienced a construction boom, that the tilt-up technique began to take off. The most dramatic boom was in Southern California, where contractors found tilt-up to be a cost-effective means of meeting the demand for new commercial construction. Contractors found they could erect buildings quickly and without skilled labor.
During the 50s and 60s, the concrete accessory industry developed products specifically for tilt-up construction. In the early 70s, the design profession recognized the structural capabilities of tilt-up panels and developed empirical design tables that allowed designers to use tilt-up concrete walls as load-bearing structural elements. By using the panels as load-bearing walls, builders could save material costs.
As the tilt-up industry matured technically, it also grew geographically. Commercial development in Texas in the 60s attracted California tilt-up contractors who brought the tilt-up technique with them. In the 70s, contractors and developers from both California and Texas introduced tilt-up in Florida. Today, tilt-up remains the predominant construction method for low-rise commercial buildings throughout the southwestern United States. Many nothern areas, however, have yet to take advantage of the tilt-up concept.