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What is Tilt Wall Construction

02/09/23 03:00 PM By Daniel Duffy

A Brief overview of Tilt Wall Construction

    Tilt wall construction is a type of concrete construction method where the walls of a building are cast on site, in a vertical position and then tilted into their final position. This construction method is commonly used for large commercial, industrial and institutional structures such as warehouses, distribution centers, and multi-story office buildings.

    Tilt wall construction begins with pouring concrete into wall panels, typically made of reinforced concrete and up to 20 feet tall. These panels are then cured for several days before being lifted into place using a crane. The panels are secured to the building’s foundation and to each other to create a solid, monolithic structure.

    The use of tilt wall construction has several advantages over traditional concrete construction methods. Firstly, it allows for quicker construction time as walls can be cast and cured off-site while other parts of the building are being built. Secondly, tilt wall construction is more cost-effective as it eliminates the need for masonry work, reducing both material and labor costs. Furthermore, tilt walls are strong and durable, providing excellent insulation, fire resistance, and soundproofing.

    However, tilt wall construction also has some limitations. The process is highly dependent on good weather conditions and a flat and level site, which can result in delays if the site is not suitable. Additionally, tilt wall construction is typically limited to structures with simple, rectangular floor plans and requires access to heavy equipment such as cranes, which can add additional cost.


    Overall, tilt wall construction is a fast and efficient method for constructing large concrete structures. Its benefits include speed, cost-effectiveness, strength and durability, and a reduced need for skilled labor. However, it is important to consider the limitations and to carefully assess the suitability of the construction site before deciding to use this method.

Green Umbrella System can further speed up this process.  With the Green Ice Cure system, the tilt wall form work begins the day after the pour.  Save upto two-weeks on your construction schedule. 

Daniel Duffy