Tilt-up panel is a concrete slab which is cast onsite. It is then lifted/tilted by crane and placed into its final position.
Tilt-Up Construction is distinct from and often confused with precast construction.
The key difference being that tilt up panels are manufactured on site, generally on an open floor slab or casting slabs poured for this purpose.
A precast panel is generally cast off site, in a factory or yard and then transported to the job site before being placed into position.
Tilt-up panels are a hand made product, and may lack the precision and quality control that is available in a purpose suited precast manufacturing facility.
They are not suitable for projects where an exceptionally high standard of finish to wall surfaces is required.
Typical tilt panel projects include; factory unit developments, warehouses and other industrial projects.
However, our talented design and construct team have successfully used tilt-up panels on commercial projects such as offices, showrooms, shops and schools.
Tilt-up panels benefit from a significant cost advantage over precast construction, where they are to be utilised on the correct project.
Such a project would require the wall panels to be designed in regular sizes, to form uniform stacks on site of broadly the same size panels. The pouring and lift sequence and planning is very important in this regard.
Varying panel sizes reduces the efficiency of the tilt-up method. The economy of tilt panels is also evident where large panels can be used allowing for the best utilisation of the crane and rigging crew to erect the maximum wall area per hour during the lift.
The cost for a tilt-up panel ranges from $90 per m2 to $120 per m2 fully installed, but can be more expensive depending on the thickness, size, shape and application.
Where insufficient floor space is provided for casting or where a high quality post construction slab in lieu of a delay pour slab is required, the provision of temporary casting beds and their removal and disposal can add significantly to the cost of the tilt panels on a project.
Other benefits of tilt panels include, they usually double as the support members for the roof structure and wall bracing all in one.
Tilt-up panels also have an inherent fire rating, due to the concrete used in their casting and as such can be placed on the boundary or as full height walls to provide a fire rating to the building or different areas within it.
As a second-generation family business, Mapel Building has been designing and constructing commercial and industrial buildings in Perth, Western Australia for over 25 years.