Design and build a 154,662-square-foot facility that would serve as an advanced research and development lab as well as consolidate Vistakon’s different disciplines. Completed in 2002


This project involved attaching site-cast Tilt-Up concrete panels to a structural steel frame. Tilt-Up was selected because of its ability to meet the tight schedule and cost constraints. Also, Tilt-Up offered the same architectural appeal as the precast design.


This building was originally designed as a precast building, but by switching to a steel-framed building with Tilt-Up cladding, the design and construction team was able to expedite the schedule. The structure was planned to allow maximum flexibility since the ratio of lab to office space varied significantly from group to group. The flexible space allows the “double-stack” of laboratories to convert to a combination of lab and open office space where appropriate. Panels had to be set-up, bolted and welded before they could be released by the crane. Further, because of their size and magnitude, the panels were erected on top of each other. A decorative form-liner lines the top portion of the panels around the entire three-story building. White concrete is accented by a blue-tinted glass to give the facility a modern look.

This project was a 2004 Tilt-Up Concrete Association (TCA) Achievement Award Winner in the Manufacturing/Industrial category.


  • Tilt-Up Panel Shop Drawings
  • Tilt-Up Panel Reinforcing Design
  • Panel to Panel Connection Design
  • Panel to Structure Connections
  • Tilt-Up Panel Lifting Engineering