Great Wolf Lodge makes use of tilt-up construction for water slide tower

The first slide tower frame panels were lifted into place recently for the Great Wolf Lodge in Scottsdale. (Submitted photo)

Construction of the Great Wolf Lodge Arizona, the first indoor water park in the state, has used tilt-up construction to build the water slide tower at the Scottsdale project.

“Tilt-up construction creates a faster and safer process for workers and has enabled the project to move forward efficiently from concept to operation,” according to a release about the lodge’s construction at 7333 N. Pima Road.

The first slide tower frame panels were lifted into place recently as the project continues on schedule toward an August 2019 completion date.

Mortenson is working with Suntec Concrete, Gensler and the erection engineer to use the construction method.

“The use of tilt-up construction yields a number of benefits to the project and owner, including time and cost savings, increased quality, and most importantly the reduced risk of injury,” stated Brad Hughes, Mortenson’s project manager.

“By using the tilt-up panel construction method, the project team was able to sequence the schedule in a manner that allowed work in multiple areas on site by multiple crews, which has maximized efficiency and site usage,” the release stated.

“Tilting these frames has eliminated hundreds of man hours working at heights and allowed us to move the work to the ground where it’s much safer, efficient and easier to control quality,” Mr. Hughes stated. “We are always looking for a better way to do something, so when we started talking about this method, we knew we had to do it.”

Tilt-up construction is a process by which a concrete panel is formed, reinforced and cast horizontally on the ground. Once cured, the panels are lifted with a crane and set on a foundation, creating the shell of a building or structure, piece by piece.

Weighing in at a more than 365,000 pounds and measuring more than 78-feet high and nearly 63-feet wide, the tilt-up panel frame will serve as the backbone to the water slide tower, according to the release.

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