This is a continuation of the Industrial Architecture series, I've developed some images to try and begin to explain the scale of the endeavor as it relates to being there. Keep in mind that over the weekend we had some high winds, they resulted in something unusual, as shown in the images.
this image shows about 25 SF of the layout that occurs for the tilt up constructions - the entire project is 1.2 million square feet - so that's a lot of layout!
"In this method concrete elements (i.e. walls, columns, structural supports, etc.) are formed on a concrete slab; usually the building floor, but sometimes a temporary concrete casting surface near the building footprint. After the concrete has cured, the elements are tilted from horizontal to vertical with a crane and braced into position until the remaining building structural components (roofs, intermediate floors and walls) are secured."
the layout for the wall panels contines along all side of the steel frame structure that is completed from the inside out to allow for the panels to be formed on site and, literally, in place.
"Tilt-up construction is a dominant method of construction throughout North America, several Caribbean nations, Australia, and New Zealand. It is not significantly used in Europe or the northern two thirds of Asia. It is gaining popularity in southern Asia, the Middle East, parts of Africa, Central and South America.
Concrete elements can also be formed at factories away from the building site Tilt-up differs from prefabrication, or plant cast construction, in that all elements are constructed on the job site. This eliminates the size limitation imposed by transporting elements from a factory to the project site."
when shooting these images I was trying to convey scale, but also capture a sort of "craig ellwood modern", "case study california" feeling out of the utilitarian structure.
In the book, "Big Shed", Will Pryce opens his discussion about the orgins of the typology with the following story:
"In 1994 Norman Foster delivered a lecture at Hong Kong University. Describing his new airport at Stansted he talked almost entriely about the building's cheapness and efficiency. At the end of the lecture a student asked why Foster had talked so much about economics and so little about aesthetics - to which Foster replied that if the student did not understand that he had been talking about aesthetics then that there was nothing more to be said."
I close with this image of the windswept debris that I've run through a glitch producing software called Decim8. All of the images were taken and fully edited on the iphone and will be uploaded daily through out the week on instagram - you can find me at "fac_610" if you want to see more iphoneography.
once agian - the site plan to add something to the overall understanding of the scale.