Erickson-Hall Construction Wins Award From Tilt-Up Concrete Association

March 20, 2009

Escondido-based Erickson-Hall Construction Co. has been awarded the 2009 Tilt-Up Achievement Award-Special Projects Division from the Tilt-Up Concrete Association for its general construction work on the San Diego Children's Museum.

The new 55,450-square-foot structure, completed in 2008, was singled out by the Mt. Vernon, Iowa-based Tilt-Up Concrete Association for its use of tilt-up concrete panels which saved the project an estimated $140,000 and shaved a full six weeks off the construction schedule.

A total of 48 tilt-up concrete panels, the tallest one at 52 feet and the widest at 20 feet, were used to construct the museum, designed by Rob Wellington Quigley.

Four main tilt-up walls stand side-by-side in rows. The largest panel is 1,040 square feet, and the heaviest of these panels weighs 160,000 pounds.

Erickson-Hall faced a significant logistical challenge in the new museum's construction, primarily in staging construction of the building over an existing downtown San Diego parking garage adjacent to a high-rise on half a city block surrounded by busy streets, cars and people.

The tilt-up concrete and glass museum required the use of the largest mobile crane on the West Coast being assembled from 34 semi-trucks to lift the multi-ton panels.

The farthest "pick" reached 207 feet -- more than the width of a full city block-placing the panels within an inch of the neighboring Pinnacle Tower.

Katy Hamilton was the project architect for Rob Wellington Quigley.

Its general construction expertise on the new museum also earned recognition for Erickson-Hall Construction Co. from the American Institute of Architects and the Associated Builders and Contractors.

Founded in 1998, Erickson-Hall Construction principals Dave Erickson and Mike Hall combine more than 55 years of experience in the industry. Recently completed projects include Escondido's Fire Stations No. 6 and No. 7, New Hope Community Church of Chula Vista, St. Kilian Catholic Church of Mission Viejo and Fontana of Truth Church in Fontana.