MT. VERNON, IOWA (November 7, 2011) – The Tilt-Up Concrete Association (TCA) – an international nonprofit organization that serves to expand and improve the use of tilt-up – has announced the recipients of the 21st Annual Tilt-Up Achievement Awards.
The Achievement Awards program was established by TCA to honor projects that represent an increasing diversity of building types constructed with site-cast tilt-up concrete as well as those that advance industry technology, apply innovative form and provide unique solutions to building programs. Projects were reviewed by a panel of 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 those skeptical of the potential as well as challenging experienced professionals to broaden their ideas for potential. Ultimately, the competition is designed to raise awareness not only of the effectiveness and maturity of the market, but also the professional experience of TCA members throughout the world.
"This year's projects stand firm against the mounting pressure of the economy and recession that have seemingly hand-cuffed the construction industry," states Jim Baty, Technical Director of the TCA. "They evidence the capacity and potential at the disposal of the architect, engineer and designer to meet the complex needs of building programs today in solutions that are sensitive to both cost and schedule. Furthermore, these projects continue a legacy that is steadily being created in the built environment for monumental works of architecture, feats of engineering and craftsmanship that also deliver strong elements of conservation and sustainability to future generations."
Project submittals were encouraged from any market segment and were aligned into specific categories and sub-categories: Manufacturing/Industrial, Corporate Headquarters Complex, Warehouse/Distribution (Small Business/Distribution, Speculative), Retail (Lifestyle centers – Walking Malls, Single Occupant and "Big Box"), Office (One-Two Story, Three Stories and Higher, and Technology Centers), Spiritual Buildings, Educational (K-12 and Higher Education), Institutional (Detention/Correction, Low-Rise, Parking Garage, Service Facilities such as Hospitals and Care Centers), Commercial (Hotels, Golf Clubs, Recreation, Theaters, etc.), Housing, Special Projects and Innovative Application Techniques.
This year, the panel of judges recognized a total of 33 award recipients, and selected 10 overall Excellence in Achievement winners that best represent the heights the industry has attained. These projects exemplify the current state-of-the-art achievement in tilt-up construction with their unique and inventive use of the method.