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Tilt-Up Series: Vancouver

July 27, 2017
Event details below

Burnaby, British Columbia
Delta Hotels Burnaby Conference Centre

Event Seminars


Troubleshooting High-End Finishes

Tim Manherz, VP of Operations, TAS Commercial Concrete Construction & Tom Heffernan, AIA, LEED AP, Principal, Gensler

Tilt-up construction is revered as one of the most broadly applied construction systems. Part of the attraction is the palette of high-end finishes that continues to grow in all regions. Design and construction professionals not only must recognize the wide range of finishes and techniques that are now available, accurate cost/waste estimating, informed detailing and the ability to understand the impact to schedule are imperative to solve the complex conditions they can create in the field.

The panel brings decades of high-end finish techniques and experience to this presentation. They will cover the design details, application and delivery options for such finishes as form liners, thin brick, exposed aggregate, staining, color admixtures, polishing and textured coatings.

Be sure to come prepared with your application questions to challenge some of the leaders in architectural tilt-up as this session will present common problems and solutions for successfully, and profitably, integrating high-end finishes on your next job.

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

Dan Lester Sr., CCA, Director of Contractor Relations & Personnel 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.

The Architectural Potential of Tilt-Up Concrete Construction

Shinobu Homma, Technical Director for Bing Thom Architects
David Shone, Principal for Patkau Architects

Patkau Architect’s Gleneagles Community Centre (2003) and Bing Thom Architect’s Sunset Community Centre (2007) are extraordinary examples of tilt-up construction. They’re used globally to tout the architectural benefits of the method and are both located in Vancouver, BC. The projects are widely acclaimed in the architectural community and have been published extensively.

The success of these projects contrasted with the absence of a strong and consistent growth of the tilt-up construction system’s employment on high-profile projects in the Vancouver area, despite having a highly sophisticated support network of well qualified tilt-up contractors, engineers and suppliers, suggests the acceptance and awareness of the architectural potential of tilt-up remains untapped.

Join us for a conversation with Shinobu Homma, Technical Director for Bing Thom Architects and David Shone, Principal for Patkau Architects as we dive into the architectural concepts that drove these projects to tilt-up, the experience of designing with the method and thoughts on tilt-up’s future applicability.

Exceeding The Thermal Performance Requirements For British Columbia

Darryl Dixon, Technical Services Director For Thermomass

Currently, building designers in British Columbia have two options when choosing a mandatory energy code for commercial buildings, 2011 National Energy Code for Buildings, or ASHRAE 90.1-2010.  Whichever code is chosen; this code must be followed in its entirety.  Voluntarily, designers may choose to go above and beyond the requirements of the mandatory codes, and choose the BC Energy Step code, which is a completely performance-based approach, rather than a prescriptive approach.  The presentation will focus on which code provides the best opportunity for contractors who provide insulated, tilt-up concrete wall panels.

Lift Day – Time, Money and Life Saving Tips and Tricks

Barclay Gebel, Vice President of Field Operations for Concrete Strategies

We all know that the big day on a tilt-up job is the day that panel lifting commences. It is also one of the most critical events in time where all safety practices and procedures are adhered to in order to assure everyone’s well being, and to provide the customer with the confidence in you, as well as the system of tilt-up construction.

This program will discuss some of the impactful practices that will help for a safe and successful erection process, some of which may appear minor in nature, but can have significant impact on the outcome.

  • Some of the topics we will discuss in detail include: 
  • Hazard identification, whether underground or overhead,
  • Experience of crew and individual crew member assignments,
  • Critical Lift Plan review,
  • Limited Access Zones,
  • Rigging identification and inspection,
  • Sequencing and unusual circumstances,
  • and several tips and tricks that are sure to save time, money and lives.

With careful planning and consistent safety practices, we can all provide our internal and external customers with positive and rewarding experiences that will continue to enhance our industry and have them coming back for more!

Type Technology Tilt-Wall - Musings on Innovation's DNA

Jeffrey Brown, FAIA, Principal, Powers Brown Architecture

The ongoing technological evolution of the tilt-wall construction system has begun to yield numerous formal results, five- and six-story load-bearing wall structures, infrastructural elements and super-tall sculptural panels to name a few. This in turn has fueled an existing but growing phenomenon; that of tilt-wall's use in new building types and new uses in old typologies. In a way- the new invading the old and the old utilizing the new. Buildings once thought not doable in tilt-wall for reasons of quality, such as museums, schools and housing, are opening up, while office buildings, manufacturing and laboratory buildings, to name a few, are being designed as exploitations of the newly developed formal possibilities.

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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