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The Robert Aiken Memorial Award recognizes the spirit of innovation contributed by an individual or company. The visionary commitment by this person(s) helps move the industry forward, resolve conflicts and challenges, and open new doors for the tilt-up industry.

The award honors the achievements of Robert Aiken, one of the founding fathers of site-cast tilt-up construction. Known for his inventive spirit that initiated a more architectural direction for tilt-up, Aiken is credited with the concept of casting panels face-up on tilting platforms. This provided a medium for developing a high level of craftsmanship and ornamentation with a durable material previously known primarily for structure rather than aesthetics. It is through the tilt-up construction method that whole structures began to first take shape as precast.

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Is there a person or company that you know embodies the spirit of this award? Click on the nomination link below and submit them for consideration. Entries must be received by June 1st.

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The tilt-up concrete industry, inspired by the legacy Robert Aiken, enjoys an unrivalled reputation for embracing change. The technological and aesthetic advances among the architectural, engineering and construction professionals of this industry are largely responsible for the remarkable growth realized in tilt-up’s short history.

Robert Aiken was the tilt-up concept’s original pioneer. And all of the previous winners of this TCA award named in his memory have been pioneers in their own right. Connect-EZ® is honored and humbled to be invited to join this distinguished band of innovators.

In the steel and concrete construction industries there are costly inefficiencies and uncertainties in many industry-standard connection methods. Connect-EZ® co-founders Terry Tincher and Bob Foley, PE, have combined their 70 years of experience in structural engineering and steel fabrication/erection to introduce innovative, engineered connection devices that promote safety and save time and money. They are grateful for the many ideas generously suggested by industry colleagues that inspire new products. They are dedicated to continuing to listen to the needs of the industry and to contributing to the growth of tilt-up and its pioneering legacy.