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Steel Buildings and Tiltwall Concrete Construction Together: Using the Strengths of Each

Explains how tiltwall construction and pre-engineered steel can be used together very effectively on certain types of buildings.

Steel Buildings and Tiltwall Concrete Construction Together: Using the Strengths of Each


An important fact to remember is that the use of steel in building is not necessarily exclusive of concrete or blocks. In larger or more sophisticated projects the different raw materials and construction methods are frequently used together.

Here are some very common examples of how steel, concrete and tiltwall construction are used together to provide the best quality and value:

A large steel office building or retail center may use tiltwall concrete panels for interior fire walls or exterior facades. The Mervyn's retail store in Dallas / Fort Worth, Texas pictured to the right was constructed in just this manner.

In larger or more sophisticated projects the different raw materials and construction methods are frequently used together.

An existing manufacturing building or warehouse made of concrete blocks could be expanded by adding a steel lean-to structure to one of its exterior support walls.

A distribution center built using the cement blocks of traditional construction will frequently use a steel roofing system and a rigid frame similar to what a metal building might use. Regardless what material is used, this combination of a rigid frame and steel roof is necessary to provide a large clearspan.

These are just a few situations where the best choice for a project might be a steel building with tiltwall construction components, or a concrete structure with steel framework, roof system or steel add-ons or expansions. A general contractor who is well versed in the advantages and limitations of all methods of construction can help determine what is the best approach on any given project. Visit our Construction Links page for general contractors and construction managers who are experienced in tiltwall construction.

We hope you have enjoyed learning about tiltwall construction. For more information about tiltwall construction, visit GeneralContractor.com or the TCA's website at tilt-up.org. You might also like to learn more about concrete contractors. Concrete Contractor.com has historical articles about concrete and tilt-up construction, along with profiles of some of history's most important concrete construction projects, including the Hoover Dam, Grand Coulee Dam and the first reinforced concrete high rise building ever constructed, the Ingalls Building in Cincinnati, Ohio.