Tilt-up combines fast, economical construction with all the advantages of concrete: economy; speed of construction; design freedom; security; and use of local materials. Added to these advantages are concrete's durability, fire resistance, low insurance rates, and energy efficiency.
METHOD USED SINCE TURN OF THE CENTURY
Tilt-up construction has grown rapidly in recent years, but it is not new. The idea of casting walls on a horizontal form and then lifting or tilting them into their permanent vertical position fascinated Thomas Edison at the turn of the century. Several tilt-up buildings were constructed in the Midwest between 1905 and 1910.
TILT-UP MEETS POST-WAR CONSTRUCTION DEMANDS
After World War II tilt-up construction began to develop as a competitive, practical construction method. The economic boom that followed the war, coupled with the shortage of skilled labor, created demand for more efficient means of building construction.
Meanwhile the engineering profession was developing and refining structural design concepts to take advantage of concrete tilt-up wall panels. Panels were designed as load-bearing components. Now the tilt-up industry has its own trade association. In 1986 the Tilt-Up Concrete Association was founded to represent the tilt-up industry and promote the advantages of concrete tilt-up buildings.