Evolution: TCA Announces Winners of International Competition

Evolution—it is the mark that identifies quality in professionals and it is the evidence that substantiates building technology. The process of evolution can be so dramatic at times that observation leaves you with the sense of “what more can be done?” Professionals in the Tilt-Up industry have once again risen to the challenge. Tilt-Up form […]

TCA Selects Recipients of 2008 Professional Achievement Awards

Recipients of TCA’s 2008 Professional Achievement Awards were announced at TCA’s annual meeting held on Thursday, Jan. 24 in conjunction with the World of Concrete. The award recipients, selected by the Association’s Board of Directors after nomination by the general membership and recommendation by the TCA’s Awards Committee, are: Malcolm Davis for the Peter Courtois […]

Considerations When Designing and Building A Tilt-Up Project

By: Jim MacKinnon, Saunders Construction Inc. Despite my years of experience working as preconstruction manager on numerous Tilt-Up projects ranging from office buildings to warehouses and schools, I am still amazed how often Tilt-Up is mislabeled an “option” over another product or skin type. To compare building construction to automotive manufacturing, I view Tilt-Up as the […]

Ten Keys to Successful Contractor-Engineer Relationships in the Tilt-Up Industry

By: Kimberly Kayler, Constructive Communication, Inc. The finger-pointing that can occur between the designer and contractor is nothing new. For example, on a recent project, Dan Doyle, President of Doyle Contractors Inc. — a full service design-build contractor specializing in Tilt-Up construction – got a call from the field because there weren’t enough joist pockets […]

Creative Forming and Finishing of Tilt-Up Concrete

By: Ed Sauter Tilt-Up Concrete Association esauter@tilt-up.org For years, if you were to ask almost anyone in the construction industry, they would have told you that the terms “aesthetics” and “Tilt-Up construction” were mutually exclusive. Developed at the beginning of the 20th century, Tilt-Up (the construction method by which concrete panels are cast on site and […]

Tilt-Up Provides Building Solutions for Today’s Churches

By: Jim Baty Tilt-Up Construction Association jbaty@tilt-up.org Today’s congregations face many of the same building challenges homeowners and businesses face – rising cost and availability of land, increasing construction costs, and high maintenance costs. To counter these obstacles, it is essential to select a construction method for new facilities that is both cost-effective during construction […]

Moving Up — Tilt-Up Success in Multi-Story Construction

By: Wendy Ward Constructive Communication, Inc. wward@constructivecommunication.com Known for expedient construction time and long-term durability, site cast Tilt-Up construction structures offer a variety of architectural finishes and lower maintenance, both of which are important attributes to any building owner. With exceptional performance as its goal, it’s no wonder why Tilt-Up construction has an annual growth […]

Shakey Ground

By: Clare Martin Constructive Communication, Inc. cmartin@constructivecommunication.com As Tilt-Up construction continues to grow in popularity around the country, it’s only natural that the impact made by changes to design standards be balanced by general economics and constructability concerns. This is clearly evident with the issue of the design for high seismic regions. The evolution of regions considered high […]

Going Up, Up, Up: The Contest for the Tallest Panels Continues

By: Wendy Ward, Constructive Communication, Inc. wward@constructivecommunication.com Sometimes bigger truly is better, as evidenced by the number of recent changes on the Tilt-Up Concrete Association (TCA) Top Ten list. Not only are the projects on the list getting taller, but some of the recent additions are unique in that Tilt-Up was considered the only way […]

Tilt-Up Engineering A-Z

By Laurence Smith, P.E., J.W. Lindsay Enterprises ljsmith@jwlindsay.com Site cast Tilt-Up – a construction method in which concrete wall panels are cast on-site and tilted into place – has gained rapid acceptance in recent years due to its speed of construction, cost-efficiency and advanced architectural treatments. However, like all other aspects of the concrete industry, it is […]

Tilt-Up Concrete Association Announces 2007 Tilt-Up Achievement Winners

In its 16th consecutive year, the Achievement Awards program was established by TCA to honor projects that use site cast Tilt-Up concrete to introduce new building types, advance industry technology and provide unique solutions to building programs. Projects were reviewed by a panel of 13 judges representing a combination of TCA membership categories, education, publishing and […]

Breathe Easy

By Karen S. Hand, P.E., Needham and Associates Inc. Successful Tilt-Up construction requires special attention to design and specialized care in construction to accommodate thermal expansion and contraction. In other words, the panels need to breathe. However, many Tilt-Up professionals fail to realize the importance of this principle. This lack of understanding can be explained in […]

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