The Benefits of Tilt-up Construction

Tilt-up construction involves creating large slabs of concrete panels that make a building’s walls. The panels are then lifted or tilted up into place in the foundation. This innovative building method works well for offices, retail centers, warehouses, distribution centers, and manufacturing facilities. Generally, tilt-up construction offers more advantages than traditional construction methods, such as:

Speed and Safety

The casting of the tilt-up panels take time. However, the installation of tilt-up walls is much faster than traditional construction. During the casting of the panels, crews can be doing other tasks on the site, improving efficiency. Tilt-up also decreases congestion on the worksite, thereby increasing worker safety. The lower construction time also helps reduce costs.

Cost Effectiveness

Traditional construction is higher in costs than tilt-up because it requires more crew members and equipment. While tilt-up construction uses a crane to place the panels, it is still more cost effective overall.

Customization and Design

There are multiple textures and surface effects available in tilt-up walls offering a range of design options. This feature can reduce painting or other architectural techniques to lower costs without sacrificing aesthetics. Additionally, several types of siding can be applied to tilt-up walls, to uplift the look of the building.

Less Environmental Impact

Traditional cast-in walls need rebar, forms, and more concrete as opposed to tilt-up walls. There is less waste in tilt-up construction, reducing the impact on the environment. It is also possible to recycle tilt-up walls if the building is taken down, further reducing environmental consequences.

Gundlach Champion has been providing construction services with exceptional quality and value to a diverse range of clients across the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and Northern Wisconsin. The GCI team brings over 350 years of combined experience to every commercial construction project from new buildings to renovations. To discuss your next project contact us at

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