Tilt-Up Concrete Association Announces 2010 Tilt-Up Achievement Winners

Tilt-Up Concrete Association Announces 2010 Tilt-Up Achievement Winners:
DIVCON, Inc. World Headquarters: 12,000-square-foot office building in Spokane Valley, Wash. Submitted by: DIVCON, Inc. of Spokane Valley, Wash.

Tilt-Up Concrete Association Announces
2010 Tilt-Up Achievement Winners

MT. VERNON, IOWA (Feb. 4, 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 2010 Tilt-Up Achievement Awards.

In its 19th 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 15 judges representing a combination of TCA membership categories, educational institutions, publishing and industry management. Several judges worked collaboratively within companies to broaden the perspective and the experience base used to evaluate the projects. 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. To qualify for consideration, projects had to be submitted by a TCA member in good standing from any membership category.

Projects once again demonstrates the unbelievable results that are achieved when creative design meets experienced construction.

This project exemplifies the current state-of-the-art achievement in Tilt-Up construction with it’s unique and inventive use of the Tilt-Up method.

DIVCON, Inc. World Headquarters: 12,000-square-foot office building in Spokane Valley, Wash. Submitted by: DIVCON, Inc. of Spokane Valley, Wash.

DIVCON, Inc. began to design their world headquarters with several goals in mind. The structure needed to exude durability, sustainability and also be cost-effective. In addition, the building had to possess unique qualities but still “fit in” with the other buildings in the Pinecroft Business Park. A noticeable attribute of the DIVCON, Inc. building is the commitment to concrete. The shell is comprised of insulated Tilt-Up sandwich panels, which are energy efficient and built with sustainability in mind. The exterior finishes include cast-in brick, as-cast concrete, sandblasted concrete, stone textured formliner and polished concrete; all of which utilize colored ready-mixed concrete. Concealed by stone textured Tilt-Up fence panels, all outdoor storage matches the color and texture of the building itself. The main entry is accentuated by a horizontal concrete panel that gives the appearance of floating on the glass storefront. Even the front sidewalk utilizes colored concrete, tying the project together. The main entry includes polished concrete columns with a polished concrete floor. All of the interior surfaces of the sandwich panels were textured and painted, with the majority of the floor surfaces being either polished or burnished concrete. The use of concrete on the inside of the building provides durability as well as added thermal mass, which helps minimize temperature swings inside the building. The building resides in an area of Tilt-Up buildings with cast-in brick.

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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