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Tilt-Up Series: DC/NOVA

December 7, 2017
Event details below

Tysons Corner, Virginia
Hyatt Regency Tysons Corner

Preliminary Event Schedule

Tilt-Up 101 - An Introduction to the Art, Practice and Challenge of Tilt-Up Construction

Date and time: Thursday, December 7 - 8:00 to 10:00a
Speaker: James Baty, FACI - Manger for Technical and Regulatory Affairs for the Tilt-Up Concrete Association.

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.

This course is separated into three components to offer the attendee distinct elements to add to their Convention experience:

Part I - Intro to Tilt-Up presents the overview of tilt-up as a complete building system. This will demonstrate the many trends and solutions that establish the vernacular for an entire industry.

Part II - Building A Team sets the understanding of the roles that are available and required in order to be successful in the industry.  Tilt-up is many respects a conversation as well as a practice and this presentation will define the key roles for the contractor and the variety of team interactions that deliver the entire project.

Part III - Start to Finish - Tilt-Up Construction is a timeline perspective of the construction process. This segment offers many of the fundamentals that are part of certification process for supervisors as well as identifying the detailed elements of the site to completed work that is a tilt-up building.

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

Date and time: Thursday, December 7th - 1:00 to 2:00p
Speaker: 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.

Efficiently Meeting Changing Commercial Energy Codes with Tilt-Up Construction

Date and time: Thursday, December 7th - 2:00 to 3:00p
Speaker: David Tomasula, PE - Managaing Principal, LJB Inc. and Brad Nesset – President, Thermomass

What do increased energy codes mean for the tilt-up industry? Since 2007, ASHRAE (American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers) and the ICC (International Energy Conservation Code) have responded to Federal requirements for better energy standards by significantly changing the minimum requirements for building envelopes in the model energy codes. As these codes are adopted and enforcement takes place, all building envelopes will become tighter and higher in performance – a trend seen from the designer all the way to the job-site and into building operations and maintenance. Brad Nesset, President of Thermomass, and David Tomasula, PE, Managaing Principal of LJB Inc., will review the energy codes impacting your region and demonstrate how tilt-up construction delivers the most economical solution to these increased requirements.

Troubleshooting High-End Finishes

Date and time: Thursday, December 7th - 3:00 to 4:00p
Speaker: Tim Manherz – Vice President of Operations, TAS Commercial Concrete Construction

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.

Tim brings decades of high-end finish techniques and experience to this presentation. He 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.

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

Date and time: Thursday, December 7th - 4:00 to 5:00p
Speaker: Barclay Gebel - Vice President of Field Operations, 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!


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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