There aren't any statistics available that report how many industrial plants are being built by tilt-up construction but it is fair to say that the number is growing. The advantage of a load-bearing, durable concrete wall panel system is not the only reason for the growing popularity. Buyers and users of industrial plants are choosing tilt-up because: construction is fast, the economics are good, tilt-up offers much design freedom, designs can be easily modified, and tilt-up concrete walls promote energy conservation.
In tilt-up construction, wall panels are cast on the building floor or on an adjacent casting slab and tilted into place. Thus the panel may be tilted either inward or outward and may or may not be moved a short distance to its final location. The top surface (as cast) may become either the inside or the outside surface of the wall. Special decorative finishes can be achieved on either the top or bottom surface as cast.
Using tilt-up construction, the General Motors Packard Division plant in Warren, Ohio was built and occupied within about five months. The Ray-O-Vac Lighting Division plant in Kingston, North Carolina was designed and rapidly built at a budget price, also by tilt-up construction. Other projects include the Stella D'Oro Biscuit Company in St. Elmo, Illinois and the U.S. Precision Lens Inc. facility in Cincinnati.