Bella Concrete, Inc., a decorative flatwork construction
company in Villa Park, Illinois has constructed a
4,000-square-foot colored and stamped concrete tilt-up
office/warehouse structure. This structure is possibly the
first ever colored and stamped concrete tilt-up construction
“We have combined tilt-up, precast concrete construction
with the cast-in-place decorative concrete industry,” says
Tucker designed, engineered, constructed and erected the
panels of the structure on site. Each panel is 24’ tall and
weighs approximately 23,000 lbs.
According to Tucker, existing procedures for a decorative
tilt-up concrete building face require a form liner placed
on the bottom of the pour, which when tilted up into place,
becomes the face of the building. This current form of
combining decorative concrete with tilt-up construction is
labor intensive and simply not practical. This project was
done completely opposite of existing methods—the top of the
pour was the face of the building.
The color hardener was broadcast and pattern stamped into
the panels as typical procedures for outside colored and
stamped flatwork (driveways, patios, walkways). The tilt-up
panel forming, reinforcement, embedded plates and lifting
hardware were done according to tilt-up/precast concrete
panel construction procedures.
How do you construct a building or residential home out of
concrete efficiently and make it beautiful? “It’s time to
allow architects to ‘have at it’—incorporate architecture,
creativity and beauty to tilt-up/precast concrete
construction. Joint lines, reveals and industrial paint
coatings have not done justice to the tilt-up construction
industry,” explains Tucker.
Tucker believes that concrete will soon become the
building material of choice for commercial/industrial
buildings and residential homes that are located in
hurricane, tornado, natural disaster areas of the world,
adding, “The need for these two fields of construction to
work together is long past due, and we would like to promote
this process.” There is a patented pending on this process.