Tilting Up Wall Panels at Terminal 106

By: Lewis Team

In September, Crutcher Structures crews began erecting concrete tilt-up wall panels by the dozen at Terminal 106’s Seattle Metro Logistics, a two-story warehouse and distribution center being built for Trammell Crow Company just south of downtown Seattle.

Within two weeks, about two-thirds of the project’s 156 exterior panels were installed. Each panel was first cast on site and later released from a slab by crane and tilted into place.

Standing between 40 and 52 feet tall, the panels are being temporarily braced until the steel structure is complete. At that point, the team will begin making the final connections from the panels to the permanent building structure.

Notable challenges have included optimizing the layout of the concrete panels for the most efficient tilt-up sequence, all while accounting for a large crane that would be operating and placing wall panels from inside the facility’s footprint and not from the outside.

The 700,000-square-foot project is being built on a sprawling 15-acre site, or about a quarter-mile end to end.

Our teams are completing the work along a highly visible stretch of East Marginal Way adjacent to the Ash Grove cement plant. When complete in Q2 of 2024, the project will be just the second multi-story warehouse built in the Northwest.