At Alita Constructions, concrete tilt-up construction is our speciality, and as one of Perth’s leading commercial builders, we offer this service to our clients across the Perth region.
Over the years, we’ve made use of concrete panel construction to build:
What is Tilt-Up Construction?
Tilt up construction is a popular method of building, especially in the commercial construction industry. It involves the pouring of concrete onsite that will form the walls of the building.
We use box shutters that are made to the required height, shape, and thickness. The shutters are used as moulds which we pour the concrete into, which, once it’s hardened and reinforced, gets lifted by cranes and put in place onsite.
What Can Be Made Using Tilt-Up Construction?
One of the biggest advantages of tilt-up construction is its versatility. It can be used to make the following for the building of homes, churches, commercial buildings, and more:
· Concrete Panels & Walls – Using concrete panels and walls in construction has seen an increase in popularity in recent years. This is especially true in the commercial and residential spaces, as concrete offers a modern and on-trend aesthetic.
· Precast Panels, Concrete, & Walls – Precast panels, walls, and concrete offers many benefits in the form of them being aesthetically pleasing and easy to maintain. Using tilt-up construction to construct precast concrete is also fast, allowing for reduced lead times on the construction of your building.
What Are the Benefits of Tilt-Up Construction?
Some of the benefits of using concrete tilt-up panels for construction include:
· They’re known to last longer than other building materials.
· They provide more flexibility when it comes to designing and constructing buildings.
· They provide faster build times and are a more modern construction method.
· They’re easy to repair and re-new the appearance of.
· There are no restrictions on how high the building can be.
The Tilt Panel Construction Process & Onsite Considerations
The construction process for tilt panels involves several steps before the job is completed and includes the following:
1. Design of Panels Before construction commences, the tilt-up panels are designed, and the shop drawings completed by the structural engineer and tilt panel draftsman. This is done for each individual panel and includes the engineers design for lifting the panels.
2. Site Preparation and Slab Pouring After surveying the site and ensuring that it has the capabilities for the pouring of concrete panels, our team will work to level the area to ensure the best conditions for pouring. We will then pour the slab and install footings around the slab in preparation for the panels and assemble the panel forms on top of the slab. Forms are made from plywood or aluminum panels that are joined together to form a mould.
3. Addition of Reinforcing Bars After the forms have been laid, we add a steel reinforcing grid into the form and install lifting points for when we need to lift the panels, attaching them to the footing, roof system, and to each other. All panels are made to the engineer’s design and checked before concrete pouring.
4. Concrete Pouring Before we pour the concrete, there’s one final step to take. We will first clean up the slab underneath the forms to get rid of any debris and standing water that may have collected there up until this point of the process. Once that’s done, the forms are filled with concrete until the desired thickness is met, the top of the concrete is finished to create the smooth face of the wall panel, and then the concrete is left to harden.
5. Lifting and Connecting the Finished Panels After the concrete panels have solidified to the required strength, the real work can begin. Our team will remove the forms and connect the first of the panels to a crane with hooks that connect to the inserts. The crane then lifts the tilt-up panel from the slab into a vertical position while workers guide the panel into position and the crane sets it in place. The ground team will then attach the panels embeds to the footing, brace the walls with temporary panel props, and then disconnect the cables from the crane.
6. Finishing Touches Once the panels are in place, we will apply any finishes such as texture coats and painting. We’ll also caulk the joints for stability and check for any imperfections in the concrete. If any are found, we fill and patch them. From here, we will move onto installing the roof system and begin work on the interiors of the new building.
When it comes to tilt slab construction, many considerations need to be undertaken by the construction team, with two of the most notable being:
· Australian Standards for Precast Panels – All of the tilt-up concrete panels that we engineer are in accordance with Australian Standards. We have qualified engineers on hand who dictate the thickness and height of every panel; they also ensure that the connections to the footings are built to their specifications.
Weather – This is perhaps one of the most significant considerations when it comes down to whether or not tilt-up construction is the right option for you. If you live in a colder, wetter climate, the concrete might not be able to dry fast enough, meaning costly delays in the construction of your building.
Contact Us for Concrete Panel Construction
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