Tilt Up Construction

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A tilt-up building during construction. A cast wall section is being righted. Other sections are visible in their forms.
Example of the tilt up construction method in Goleta, California.


From Wikipedia: “With the tilt-up method, concrete elements (walls, columns, structural supports, etc.) are formed horizontally on a concrete slab; this normally requires the building floor as a building form but may be a temporary concrete casting surface near the building footprint. After the concrete has cured, the elements are "tilted" to the vertical position with a crane and braced into position until the remaining building structural components (roofs, intermediate floors and walls) are secured.”

Tilt up architecture applied to natural stone

The tilt up principle can incorporate natural stone (see next section), which creates the appearance of traditional stone masonry but has lower skill level requirements, is less time consuming and eliminates the need for scaffolding. However, it requires the use of a crane or some other way to lift the panels.

Videos: “The Castle Project”

A number of videos were published around 2010 but the project appeared defunct as of 2012. The videos show the use of natural limestone for tilt-up construction. https://www.youtube.com/user/thecastleproject/videos

Product ecology

  • lime mortar or cement
  • crane or some other way to tilt up the panels when mortar is cured (here: use LifeTrac)