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TCA Convention 2016


TCA Convention 2016 is a great opportunity to learn about a variety of relevant topics that are shaping the tilt-up industry.

All attendees seeking continuing education hours may request a certificate documenting their hours of participation following the event. The TCA is an AIA Continuing Education Provider.

Tilt-Up 101

Tilt-Up 101 is an intentional introduction to the industry described as site cast tilt-up construction.  In order to get the most out of the multi-day experience at TCA Convention, Tilt-Up 101 quickly connects persons new to the industry or new to the construction method to the basic design, management and construction principles that make this method successful. More...

Reinforcing Design for Multi-Story Tilt-up Buildings

Mark Remmetter | President of MER Engineers, Inc.

Reinforcing design for multi-story tilt-up buildings is significantly more involved than that for single story buildings. There are multiple design requirements that simply do not exist for single story tilt-ups. More...

Applications and Benefits of Helical Anchors

Barclay Gebel | Vice President of Operations at Concrete Strategies LLC

Helical anchors are a safe and cost-effective way to brace tilt-up panels when you don’t have a floor slab available to brace to. Attendees will receive a complete overview of helical anchors. More...

A New Stance on Wind Bracing

Joseph Steinbicker | President & CEO of Steinbicker & Associates

The current TCA Guideline for Temporary Wind Bracing of Tilt-Up Concrete Panels During Construction was published in 2012 and in need of an update. The newly updated 2016 edition's main departure from the previous edition is the adoption of limit state wind loads and strength design procedures. More...

#ConcreteTough: Careers and Opportunities in the Concrete Industry

Jereme Montgomery | Executive Director at Nebraska Concrete & Aggregates Assoc.

#ConcreteTough is a Nebraska based workforce recruitment campaign that exposes youth to the concrete construction industry. More...

Expansion Joints: When and Where to Use Them

John Hart | President of Peak Engineering

This presentation will discuss best practices for the use of building expansion joints.  When and where they should be used in tilt-up buildings as well as details to be used and other design issues that they present. More...

Erection and Rigging Tips and Safety for Multistory Tilt-Up

Barclay Gebel | Vice President of Operations at Concrete Strategies LLC

This will be a detailed overview from a safety and production standpoint on the latest tilt up erection and rigging procedures that are used today on Multistory building. More...

Tilt-Up Panel Design for Temporary Construction Loads

David Tomasula | Managing Principal at LJB Inc.

Site-cast tilt-up concrete panels are subjected to a variety of construction loads before they are subjected to in-service loads in their permanent configuration. This presentation will review the structural engineering behind the design of tilt-up panels for several of these construction loads. More...

Legalized Marijuana: Pot in My Workplace?

David Whitlock | Attorney at Miller & Martin PLLC

As more and more states legalize pot – both for recreational and medical use – employers are struggling to cope with how this may affect the workplace and fellow workers. More...

Outperformance of Tilt-Up Office Buildings in a Downturn

Paul Coonrod | Managing Director and Partner, Stream

In 2014, Stream developed two class A tilt-wall office buildings in Houston that total 350,000-square-feet. Although both are beautiful buildings with high-end finishes, two-story lobbies, extensive landscaping and LEED certification, their timing could not have been worse. More...

Education, Community Programming, and Diversity Suggest Viable Solutions for an Aging Workforce

Dan Lester | Director of Contractor Relations & Recruitment, Concrete Strategies

Attendees can expect to explore the current state of the construction workforce and unpack a working example on leveraging the educational system, creating community programs, and taking an inclusive approach to diversity and workforce development to create a hirable supply for the demand in the workforce, both in the trades and professional careers alike. More...

The Green Rush: How Legalized Marijuana Impacted the Industrial Market

Chad Brue | CEO & President, Brue Capital Partners

One in 11 industrial buildings in central Denver is occupied by marijuana; totaling nearly 3.7 million square feet of space. The legalization of marijuana was a major catalyst to the recovery of Denver's industrial market. Rental rates are at an all-time high with vacancy at record lows leaving tenants struggling to find space. This has created one of nation's hottest industrial markets. More...

Dissecting Your Panel Erection Book

Scott Collins | Engineering Manager for Meadow Burke

Do you fully understand the resources presented in your panel erection book? In this presentation, Scott Collins, Engineering Manager for Meadow Burke, will discuss everything you wanted to know about what's in your panel erection book and how to apply that information to your tilt-up jobsite. More...

Why Certify?

Ed Sauter | Certification Programs Manager for the Tilt-Up Concrete Association

Change is coming to our industry. Local governments, developers, and owners are demanding greater accountability from contractors who build their structures. Certification is one way building owners can have a greater degree of confidence that their contractors have the qualifications and experience necessary to deliver. More...

One Five-Story Building’s Impact on a Mature Tilt-Up Market

Panel Discussion

INOVA, Colorado’s first five-story tilt-up building, set a new standard for the suburban class A office market in Denver. The tilt-up design offered efficient floor plates, expansive windows, LEED Certification and highly competitive lease rates. More...

Panel Design for In-Plane Forces

Trent Nagele | Principal at VLMK Engineering + Design

Design for in-plane lateral loads in tilt-up concrete is often not given much thought, particularly in big box structures that may have hundreds of feet of solid wall panel.   But, what happens when those panels are filled with dock openings or windows, or are used in multi-story construction? More... 

Developing Safety Leadership Skills to Prevent On-the-Job Injuries and Fatalities

Natalie Schwatka | Instructor, Colorado School of Public Health

During the session, attendees will be introduced to a new construction industry OSHA 30-hour elective called the Foundations for Safety Leadership. Dr. Schwatka will first cover the module's introductory content including learning objectives and didactics covering why safety leadership is critical. More...

About the TCA

Founded in 1986, the Tilt-Up Concrete Association (TCA) strives to improve the quality and acceptance of site-cast Tilt-Up construction, a method in which concrete wall panels are cast on-site and tilted into place. Tilt-Up construction is one of the fastest growing industries in the United States, combining the advantages of reasonable cost with low maintenance, durability, speed of construction and minimal capital investment. At least 10,000 buildings, enclosing more than 650 million square feet, are constructed each year using this construction method.

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