Tilt-Up Concrete Association Announces 2011 Tilt-Up Achievement Winners

MT. VERNON, IOWA (Oct. 8, 2010) – The Tilt-Up Concrete Association (TCA) – an international nonprofit organization that serves to expand and improve the use of Tilt-Up as the preferred construction method – has announced the recipients of the 2011 Tilt-Up Achievement Awards.

Now in its 20th consecutive year, the Achievement Awards program was established by TCA to honor projects that use site-cast Tilt-Up concrete to introduce new building types, advance industry technology and provide unique solutions to building programs. Projects were reviewed by a panel of 14 judges, representing the TCA membership, educational institutions, publishing and industry management.

As in previous years, submittals were judged on aesthetic expression, schedule, size, originality, finishes and special conditions; all characteristics of the projects that would attract and hold the interest of architects and building owners.

According to Jim Baty, Technical Director of the TCA, the strength of Tilt-Up continues to be evidenced through projects submitted for this awards program. “Despite the pressures created on teams throughout the industry in the face of these difficult economic conditions, the importance of demonstrating craftsmanship, creativity and dominant solutions remains,” said Baty. “The projects awarded this year continue to display the progressive movement found throughout the Tilt-Up industry.”

This year, the panel of judges recognized a total of 23 award recipients. DIVCON, Inc. of Spokane Valley, Washington received two awards. The projects, detailed below, exemplify the current state-of-the-art achievement in Tilt-Up construction with their unique and inventive use of the method.

Iron Bridge Building III: 46,850-square-foot office building in Spokane, Wash. Submitted by: DIVCON, Inc. of Spokane Valley, Wash. Other TCA member involvement: DCI Engineers. Products for this project supplied by: Meadow Burke, Dayton Superior, Nox-Crete and Innovative Brick Systems.

As the third office building in the Iron Bridge Office Campus, this two-story facility uses concrete and brick to mimic the design palette of buildings in the area and add to the architectural continuity of the campus. Using Tilt-Up walls with inlaid brick, crisp rustication joints and glass window walls maintain the corporate image of the campus. Iron Bridge III uses wall offsets in the plan layout as well as wall height to create visual massing. Segmented walls were used to provide the best for the building along a curved street, allowing for the maximum use of the tight site. The building footprint covers 55 percent of site, which added to the project’s complexity. Since one side of the building was 5 feet from the property, a fire wall was required. Tilt-Up walls with reduced window areas offered an economical solution to this challenge. The durability and economy associated with this Tilt-Up structure helped the owner to prelease 85 percent of the building to the General Services Administration (GSA). To accommodate governmental concerns, GSA required two separate entries. The design and construction met this requirement by creating two entries with curved panels to reflect other curved elements of the building and included a two-story open lobby for the second floor tenants.

Inland Empire Paper Company: 324-square-foot special project in Millwood, Wash. Submitted by: DIVCON, Inc. of Spokane Valley, Wash. Other TCA member involvement: DCI Engineers. Products for this project supplied by: Meadow Burke, Dayton Superior, Nox-Crete Products and Innovative Brick Systems.

In preparation for their centennial celebration, Inland Empire Paper Company wanted to expand their 1930s headquarters and create a modern entry that would blend with the historic structure. The unique arch of the entry was constructed using two Tilt-Up panels and a vaulted roof; detail strips on the panel edges, cast-in thin brick and a carefully matched terra cotta stain help the concrete mimic the appearance of the existing building. The team also replicated the arched windows of the existing structure on the new entry. The fact that the original building was significantly out of vertical plane (varying by as much as two and a half inches on each side of the opening) presented a major challenge, but Tilt-Up afforded the ability to correct the planarity of the existing structure. The team marked a vertical line and measured back to the wall at three-foot intervals to create a tracing of the existing conditions. This information was used to vary the thickness of a short return leg of the panel, which resulted in a uniform joint width throughout the height of the panel. The resulting entry provides the owner with a modern corporate image while keeping the historic nature of the structure intact.

The annual Achievement Awards competition is a year-round opportunity for any TCA member company to participate. Submittals for the coming year will close in June for the coming year and a three-month timeframe commences whereby the projects are prepared, evaluated and final decisions reached to determine which projects will represent this industry for the coming year. To find out more about this program and the requirements, interested persons can visit the awards submission section of the TCA website or contact Jim Baty, TCA Technical Director.

About TCA
TCA was founded in 1986 to improve the quality and acceptance of site-cast Tilt-Up construction, a construction method in which concrete wall panels are cast on-site and tilted into place. Tilt-Up construction is one of the fastest growing industries, combining the advantages of reasonable cost with low maintenance, durability, speed of construction and minimal capital investment. For more information about the TCA, visit www.tilt-up.org or contact TCA headquarters at 319-895-6911 or info@tilt-up.org.

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