The world's largest tilt-up concrete building, according to the Tilt-Up Concrete Association (TCA), which measures more than 4 million square feet, was built near Houston for Daikin Industries, Ltd., the leading global manufacturer in heating, cooling and refrigerant products. Daikin is expanding its Goodman operations in the United States by constructing a new state-of-the-art business campus. The new $417-million campus, designed by Powers Brown Architecture (architect) and LJB Inc. (engineer), is currently projected to be operational mid-2016.
The owner requested that all functions be housed in the same structure. The building incorporates a 1.8-million-square-foot distribution center, 1.7 million square feet of manufacturing space (plus 196,500 square feet of mezzanine), 231,598 square feet of lab space and a 202,600-square-foot office. The massive 497-acre site will also feature parking for approximately 5,000 vehicles.
The new facility includes one of the largest and most technologically advanced HVAC (Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning) manufacturing facilities in the country.
As structural engineer of record, LJB provided design of the roof framing, elevated floor and mezzanine framing, load bearing tilt-up wall panels, and slab-on-grade and deep foundations.