TCA’s Contractor of the Year award recognizes an individual or company whose work offers the very best examples of tilt-up construction. From craftsmanship to safety, customer service, and collaboration, these contractors are an example for our entire industry to follow.
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.
Since 1980, T.A.S has earned a reputation as being one of the area’s most recognizable and reputable concrete contractors. Our success has been achieved by maintaining a focus on our clients and addressing their problems. Working in partnership and listening to clients’ needs enables us to respond with a level of service that forges long-lasting relationships. Whether the project calls for turnkey construction, pour and finish, pumping or rebar placement, T.A.S has completed thousands successful projects — both simple and complex — in the Houston, Dallas/Fort Worth and Austin/San Antonio areas.
Each year, our employees work more than 2 million man hours and pour more than 20 million square feet of concrete. Our large portfolio of completed projects consistently ranks us in Engineering News-Record’s “Top 20 firms in Concrete” since 1995.
T.A.S’ reputation stems from providing clients with quality concrete services and peace of mind. Our approach to business is simple — we sit down, roll up our sleeves and work with our clients to determine their needs. We provide innovative solutions that ultimately help our clients better serve their customers. These resolutions contribute to our high rate of repeat clients, which is the result of working as a team to accomplish a common goal.
Tilt Wall Ontario is a subcontractor committed to bringing tilt-up to the Ontario construction industry since 2001. Originally founded as a company in 2002, Tilt Wall Ontario had a tough uphill battle pushing a “new” method of construction in a market that hates change and had seen very few tilt-up buildings. With very little progress having been made in the first few years, the original owners wanted out and Dave Overbeek bought into the company. With his and Len’s passion for tilt-up they were slowly able to gain acceptance as a way of building.
Tilt Wall’s mission statement rings very true with our organization and has been the key to our success. “It is our objective to build lasting relationships, and impact the lives of those around us in a positive way, by training staff to become leaders, providing quality products and service to customers that exceed expectations. Creativity has also played a key role in a market where tilt-up was relatively unknown. Realizing this meant that no project was ever too small, our building sizes range from 480 to 200,000 square feet. The flexibility of tilt-up has allowed us to create some very unique structures including a house for Len. Having used thin brick, stone, custom rubber moldings, form liners, colored concrete, stamps, stains and polished concrete has allowed us to build virtually all types of projects. Over the years we have been recognized by the Ontario concrete industry for outstanding work with awards on 5 of our projects. Versatility has allowed us to work on a large variety of buildings ranging from; schools, offices, warehouses, sport facilities, food storage and handling facilities, houses, livestock buildings and more. The size of our panels has ranged from 21 to 1,700 square feet with our heaviest weighing in at 166,000 pounds.
Promoting the use of tilt-up in our market has been a very big part of our success. We stay very active promoting lunch and learns to many members of the design community. Participating in our Canadian Construction shows has also brought awareness to the Ontario market. Now no longer perceived as a fad or even an alternate we are finding more and more projects coming out to tender designed as tilt-up. Our four current projects along with numerous projects that are in the design stage testify to the growing acceptance of tilt-up as a way of building.
Unsurpassed by all of the above is being a member of the TCA since 2002! Attending the conventions year after year has kept the optimism up. The support of the organization and peers in the tilt-up industry has helped us become what we are today! The 4 Achievement Awards that we have won prior to this year are highlights in our careers. We are proud to be a certified member of the TCA.
Barclay Gebel is Vice President of Operations at Concrete Strategies LLC and the inaugural recipient of the Tilt-Up Contractor of the Year Award. Growing up around construction, Gebel worked on his first tilt-up project at 16 years old while still attending high school. Barclay’s father worked as a superintendent for Clayco. In the summer of 1986, Clayco constructed their first tilt-up project in Fenton, Missouri and during that summer, Gebel went to work with for his dad. After high-school graduation, Gebel joined the St. Louis Carpenter Apprenticeship Program and went to work for Clayco as an Apprentice Carpenter.
In the early 1990s, Clayco was one of the first construction companies that realized the benefits of tilt-up construction and quickly incorporated it into their design-build approach to sell and deliver construction projects in St. Louis and around the country. Shortly after, Clayco branded a subsidiary, Clayco TiltUp, to handle the construction of the tilt-up panels on all Clayco projects. Gebel worked the majority of his carpenter apprenticeship with Clayco TiltUp, which is where he learned everything from layout and forming to the pouring and erection of tilt-up panels. Gebel served as a project superintendent at Clayco from 1994 to 1998 and as a General Foreman for Clayco TiltUp from 1988 to 1994. Gebel quickly made a name for himself in the industry and was named Vice President of Operations for Clayco TiltUp in 1998. The Clayco TiltUp brand continued to grow through the 1990s and was re-branded as Concrete Strategies in 2005. Today, Concrete Strategies employs over 550 field personnel and completes over $200 million in revenue annually from its headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri and a newly opened office in Kansas City, Kansas. Concrete Strategies has an unparalleled track record in architectural site-cast concrete, structural concrete, flatwork, tilt-up and all types of self-perform concrete construction for commercial and industrial projects.
Since 2005, Gebel has continued as Vice President of Operations at Concrete Strategies;. Gebel has generously shared his tilt-up tips and tricks as a regular speaker at the TCA Tilt-Up Convention and has coauthored many articles for Tilt-Up Today. Gebel is a past member of the Board of Directors for the TCA and a past chair of the TCA safety Committee.
Personally, Gebel and his family are founders of The Snow Foundation, which is a voice for rare diseases. The foundation works towards finding a cure for Wolfram Syndrome and developing novel therapies for diabetes, vision loss, hearing loss and neurodegeneration.