MT. VERNON, IA- - The Tilt-Up Concrete Association (TCA) - a non-profit international organization that serves to expand and improve the use of site-cast Tilt-Up as the preferred construction method - has announced the recipients of five professional achievement awards presented at TCA's annual meeting held on Thursday, Jan. 20 in conjunction with the World of Concrete.
The award recipients for 2011, selected by the Association's Board of Directors after nomination by the general membership and recommendation by the TCA's Awards Committee, are:
- Sherman D. Balch Principal at Balch Enterprises for the Peter Courtois Memorial Award
- Frank Adames of Contratistas Civiles y Mecanicos (CCM) for the Murray Parker Memorial Award
- Glen Stephens of SAA Architecture for the Irving Gill Distinguished Architect Award
- Philip Kopf of The Kopf Consulting Group for the David L. Kelly Engineering Award
- Somero Enterprises, Inc. for the Robert Aiken Innovation Award
Peter Courtois Memorial Award
This award honors Peter Courtois, who died in 1992 after serving as senior vice president of engineering for Dayton Superior Concrete Accessories (formerly Dayton-Richmond Corporation). Courtois, an employee of Dayton Superior for 32 years, immeasurably contributed to the Tilt-Up industry through his tireless effort and dedication to several industry associations. He served on seven ACI committees, most notably the ACI-551 Tilt-Up Construction Committee. In addition, he was a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and served as the initial president of TCA, for which he was made an honorary member in 1991. Past recipients include: Robert Tobin, Dave Kelly, Dr. Koladi Kripanarayanan, Bill Lockwood, Sam Hodges, Bill Simpson, Murray Parker, Bob Truitt, Jesse Wyatt, Don Musser, Tom Collins, Hugh Brooks, Malcolm Davis, Gerry Miller and Bob Foley.
A tireless promoter of Tilt-Up for decades, Sherman D. Balch served as member of the TCA Board of Directors for six years, including a term as president in 2001. For several years, Sherman, along with Shawn Hickey, led a preparation course for the ACI/TCA Certification program, which helped to grow the program and increase participation. He was a frequent speaker touting the benefits of Tilt-Up and educating others about the possibilities available with the method. In addition to Sherman's personal efforts, his firm, Balch Enterprises, set a new standard for building form through the use of subtle and dramatic curves at building corners and along building elevations. He continues to pursue new concepts for Tilt-Up through Extollo International, a non-profit organization focusing on bringing building technology education to the country of Haiti, expanding their rebuilding effort.
"Sherman's leadership in the industry came at a critical time where designers were challenging the industry to expand the palette of form and finish. His commitment to education for emerging Tilt-Up professionals as well as a career dedicated to producing challenging examples of Tilt-Up excellence have set the standard for many contractors that have followed in his footsteps," said Jim Baty, technical director of TCA.
"It is a great honor and I am humbled by the award as there are so many hard working men and women that have contributed so much to the TCA," said Balch.
Murray Parker Memorial Award