The Tilt-Up Concrete Association (TCA) — a non-profit international organization that serves to expand and improve the use of tilt-up as the preferred construction method — has announced the recipients of the 2008 Tilt-Up Achievement Awards.
In its 17th 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 13 judges representing a combination of TCA membership categories, educational institutions, publishing, and industry management. Although submittals were judged on aesthetic expression, schedule, size, originality, finishes, and special conditions, this year's judges also placed an increased emphasis on the characteristics of the projects that would attract and hold the interest of architects and building owners. To qualify for consideration, projects must be submitted by a TCA member.
According to Jim Baty, technical director of the TCA, the judges routinely commented on the ability of today's design and construction professionals to push the envelope and employ the tilt-up system for an even broader range of projects.
This year, the panel of judges recognized a total of 41 award recipients of the 100 entries submitted and selected three projects from across all categories to receive the exclusive title, Excellence in Achievement. These projects, detailed below, exemplify the current state-of-the-art achievement in tilt-up construction with their unique and inventive use of the tilt-up method.
Projects winning in the office category include:
Wells Fargo Home Mortgage Corporate Headquarters: 330,000-square-foot office building in Frederick, Md. Submitted by: Morgan-Keller, Inc. of Frederick, Md. Other TCA member involvement: LJB, Inc. Products for this project supplied by: Meadow Burke Products and Nox-Crete Products Group.
Projects winning in the corporate headquarters complex category include:
American LaFrance Office and Warehouse Facility: 59,110-square-foot and 449,850-square-foot buildings on a corporate headquarters complex in Summerville, S.C. Submitted by: Seretta Construction Mid-Atlantic, LLC. Other TCA member involvement: Merriman Schmitt Architecture. Products for this project supplied by: Dayton Superior Corporation, Innovative Brick Systems, LLC and Greenstreak Group.
Projects winning in the retail category include:
Maple Lawn Retail No. 1 and No. 2: 20,682-square-foot and 16,931-square-foot retail buildings in Maple Lawn, Md. Submitted by: Chesapeake Contracting Group, Inc. of Reisterstown, Md. Other TCA member involvement: Precision Concrete Construction Co. and Morabito Consultants, Inc. Products for this project supplied by: Meadow Burke Products, Nox-Crete Products Group, Textured Coatings of America, and Innovative Brick Systems, LLC.
Projects winning in the spiritual buildings category include:
Community Bible Church of Beaufort: 70,042-square-foot spiritual building in Port Royal, S.C. Submitted by: Citadel Contractors Inc. of Wando, S.C. Products for this project supplied by: Meadow Burke Products, Nox-Crete Products Group and Innovative Brick Systems, LLC.
Projects winning in the warehouse/distribution category include:
Heavy Fleet Corporate Headquarters: 20,059-square-foot warehouse/distribution facility in Manassas, Va. Submitted by: Vantage Construction Corp. of Sterling, Va. TCA member involvement: Morgan Gick McBeath & Associates, Haynes Whaley & Associates and Precision Concrete Construction Co. Products for this project supplied by: Meadow Burke Products, Nox-Crete Products Group and Textured Coatings of America, Inc.
Projects winning in the institutional category include:
Physicians Office Pavilion at WakeMed North Healthplex: 80,000-square-foot institutional facility in Raleigh, N.C. Submitted by: Citadel Contractors, Inc. of Apex, N.C. Other TCA member involvement: Brasfield & Gorrie, LLC and Robert L. Hume, P.E. Products for this project supplied by: Meadow Burke Products, Nox-Crete Products Group, White Cap Construction Supply, and Innovative Brick Systems, LLC.