Is tilt-wall construction right for your project?
As we work with clients to plan new construction, we often recommend the “tilt-wall” method. Instead of using masonry block, we form and pour concrete for walls horizontally on a casting bed or the slab. Then, the walls are “tilted” to a vertical position with a crane, providing load-bearing support for the structure.
We have used this method on many projects, such as the 83,000-square-foot Parallon Business Solutions building, the 104,000-square-foot Wendover Art Group building in Largo (pictured here), and the 50,000-square-foot MicroLumen building in Oldsmar.
That said, this method isn’t optimal for every project. Here are tips from Ed Taylor President Brian Jackson on deciding if tilt-wall construction is your best option:
- For tilt-wall construction to be cost-effective, a structure should be at least 25,000 square feet in size and more than 22 feet tall.
- If your building needs to stand up to stormy weather like Florida’s, tilt-wall may be a good option. As an example, we see a need from government agencies that are required to have structures able to withstand a Category 5 hurricane and are looking at tilt-wall construction as a solution.
- If your building is being constructed on a tight/constricted piece of land, tilt-wall construction may not be applicable for your building.
- If you decide to use tilt-wall, make sure that you work with a company that has experience. We have in-house capabilities, a longstanding track record, and complete quality control.
Of course, one of the main considerations is cost. For some buildings, tilt-wall makes sense economically; for others, it won’t, so a well-done cost analysis is a key in making the decision.
Ed Taylor overcomes challenges in Orange Business Services buildout
Finishing an interior buildout for Orange Business Services called for Ed Taylor Construction to overcome a couple of interesting challenges, involving coordinating with outside vendors as well as dealing with Florida’s weather.
Ed Taylor demoed the interior of the 19,288-square-foot building, creating an open office space for cubicles and furniture, as well as private offices and a server room requiring 24/7 air conditioning.
Furniture for the company’s new office space in Clearwater was set to be delivered two weeks before completion. Ed Taylor’s superintendent had to coordinate the subcontractors’ scopes of work to free up enough floor space to store and then build 112 work stations.
One week before the completion date, a leaky roof (not included in the original scope of work) caused flooding after a severe rainstorm. Ed Taylor’s team was able to swiftly coordinate remediation of the water, clean up the space, replace drywall, ceiling tiles, doors and some cabinetry, in addition to working with the furniture vendor to complete the project.
“We pride ourselves on our ability to be flexible,” said Mark Weaver, Vice President of Ed Taylor Construction. “Challenges can come up in any project, and it’s important to handle issues efficiently, so work can continue as planned.”
Orange Business Services, a France-based company specializing in IT and telecom solutions for businesses, relocated 110 employees from Largo to the new location in June.