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Sugar Land Veteran's Memorial

0 TCA Tilt-Up Achievement Award - Special Projects Division

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This monument is offered as a pro bono effort to the veterans of Fort Bend County as an inadequate acknowledgment of their service to the United States of America. The celebratory aspect of the monument experience is embodied in the Flag Panel. It relies upon a literal and referential symbolism. There is an abstract but identifiable flag carefully accented with blue tile and red concrete stain. The panel itself is flag shaped and utilizes a structural flag panel to allow a cantilever creating an open gateway effect that is anchored in the lake. The intent is to create an emotional effect of crossing from the profane to the sacred.

The tower that is placed directly in the path of the Flag panel gateway is deliberately ambiguous in its form, contrasting with the simple analogy of the flag panel. The tower is comprised of wall panels huddled together in a pentagon on the island site. The five branches of the military are symbolized by the pentagon shape and the five huddled wall panels. Each panel is 50 ft. tall, 10 ft. for each branch, and the base width of each of the five panels is driven by the relative size of enrollment in each branch. Thus the Army panel is the widest at the bottom. They all resolve to similar widths at the top where they could form an oculus.

The entry into the tower symbolically faces west, where the day ends and allows the visitor to face east towards a new beginning. Throughout the day a sunbeam traverses over the internal faces of the panels, awakening with light the names of the fallen inscribed on the internal panel faces. This project has been awarded the Robert Herlong Award from the AIA Northern Virginia Chapter.

Project Specifics

Project Wall Area
2,250 sq ft
(209 sq m)
Project Floor Area
250 sq ft
(23 sq m)
Project Footprint
250 sq ft
(23 sq m)
Tallest Panel
50 ft 0 in
(15.24 m)
Widest Panel
30 ft 8 in
(9.35 m)
Largest Panel
1,000 sq ft
(92.9 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
60,000 lbs
(27,216 kg)
Tallest Cantilever Panel
15 ft 0 in
(4.57 m)

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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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