United Technologies Fire and Security Innovation
This 19,750 square-foot manufacturing/industrial facility required hundreds of hours over a period of six months assisting the general contractor, owner and design team with the budgeting and design of this 60+ foot tall test hall with attached warehouse and administration building.
Why was Tilt-Up selected for the project?
Because of its known inherent durability, as well as its diverse architectural flexibility, the design/build team felt Tilt-Up construction was the ideal choice for this building. Further, the structure required insulated panels, which were easily incorporated into this structure in a manner that allows for a hard-wall system on both exposed surfaces.
The test hall, which is used for igniting fires and extinguishing them with state-of-the-art fire suppression technology, was constructed of insulated panels consisting of a 12 inch thick architectural wythe, 2 inches of polyisocyanurate insulation, and a 3.75 inch architectural wythe for a total thickness of 17.75 inches. The panels were erected with 300 ton and 275 ton crawler cranes. The exterior of the tall test hall tower section of the main building has a random vertical reveal pattern 3 inches wide x 1.5 inches deep that creates an image of live flames of a fire, and the support sections of the building utilize an 8 x 16 burnished masonry embedded veneer.