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September 28, 2018

Tilt-up structures

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This AutoZone distribution center in Pasco required 27,900 cubic yards of concrete.

AutoZone Distribution Center

Location: Pasco

Owner/developer: AutoZone Distribution Center

Team: Big D Construction Corp., general contractor; Poppoff, slab concrete contractor; Wm. Winkler Co., tilt concrete contractor; Pickering Firm, architect and structural engineer; American Rock Products, ready-mix supplier

This project is a testament to the advantages and sustainability of concrete in all facets of the building envelope and site components of construction.

The total project encompassed 27,900 cubic yards of concrete serviced from both on-site and off-site batch plant operations. Facilities included 409,800 square feet of Ductilcrete slabs, 93,000 square feet of conventional slab-on-grade and slab-on-deck, 139,300 square feet of cast-on-site tilt-up and 514,100 square feet of Portland cement concrete pavement with additional site curb, curb and gutter, and sidewalk.

Amenities included an integral colored and polished office/administrative area, truck maintenance facility as well as battery storage and warehousing and shipping/distribution warehouse operations.

The primary warehouse area utilized value-engineered Ductilcrete slabs, which eliminated traditional steel reinforcement and expanded joint spacing to 54 feet, offering significant operation and maintenance savings for the owner over the life of the building.

Portland cement concrete pavement utilized over the 11.5-acre site provided additional life-cycle advantages, reducing both maintenance costs and initial lighting costs.

The value-engineered concrete tilt-up construction provided further savings in initial construction costs compared with the project’s initial steel building design, while accelerating the original construction schedule.

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