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The 2018 Tilt-Up Convention and Expo is the premier gathering of the global tilt-up industry. As always, this year's event is designed to provide attendees with valuable education that can be applied directly to their next tilt-up job. Post-event surveys show 92% of attendees estimate they will save their company or clients at least $2,000 on their next project as a direct result of their attendance. 35% of respondents say they will save at least $5,000 and 17% say they will save more than $10,000 on their next project alone. Most importantly, well over 90% of attendees say they learned something at convention that will make their jobsite, or that of their client, safer. “If you do not learn something at Convention that will at least save you the cost of attendance on your next job, you were not listening!” - Laurence Smith, JW Lindsay


General Sessions DETAILS

Early Bird Roundtable: Bringing MARS Down to Earth! - Applying Technologies Used in the MARS Pavilion to Tilt

September 20, 2018 from 7:00am to 8:00am

Dallas Ballroom D3

Tim Manherz

Luke Pinkerton

Don Greive

Wake up early for a sneak peak of one of the most impressive demos that will be executed at this year’s event. Discover how CTS and Helix collaborated to apply the same technologies used to create Form Found Design's rebar-less MARS canopy, commissioned by Jeff Bezos, to make thinner tilt panels, with less rebar, that can be erected hours, not days, after pouring. Discussion will focus on how this could completely disrupt the tilt market allowing for lower costs, faster installations and stronger tilt walls. Other applications, such as how the same technologies are being applied to joint free slabs on grade will be discussed.

Disaster Preparedness: Lessons Learned from 2017’s Catastrophic Hurricanes, Floods and Fires

September 20, 2018 from 9:00am to 10:00am

Dallas Ballroom BC

Shawn Hickey, FTCA

It’s fair to state that in 2017, Mother Nature delivered a wrath of extreme challenges for many of us, from extreme heat, record lows, and historical floods, to devastating winds, relentless mudslides and overwhelming fires. Planning for such disasters has become a necessity in most of our businesses in order to limit property damage and loss of life. Join top tilt-up professionals from some of the most hard-hit areas in 2017 for a discussion surrounding the impact of these events and their plans for when disaster strikes again.

A Practical and Reliable Means to Polished Concrete Walls

September 20, 2018 from 10:00am to 10:30am

Dallas Ballroom BC

Barclay Gebel

Polished concrete is a beautiful, durable, low maintenance finish. Until lately it has been limited to horizontal surfaces. Past attempts at vertical applications have often failed to match the consistency and quality clients are used to in floors. Today, the tilt-up construction method is proving to be an efficient and reliable means to high-quality polished concrete walls. This presentation will feature two St. Louis area projects, the expansion of the Saint Louis Art Museum and Pfizer Bioplace, employing the tilt-up building system to deliver stunning wall panels. Barclay Gebel, vice president of field operations for Concrete Strategies will discuss each projects’ approach including mix design, polishing process and equipment, lifting and bracing, finishing and more. He will also highlight the benefits of tilt-up that make this finish practical.

Breaking into the School Market

September 20, 2018 from 10:30am to 11:30am

Dallas Ballroom BC

Shawn Hickey, FTCA

Why are school boards across Ontario Canada demanding site-cast tilt-up panels? Is it the project cost savings, construction timeline saving, continual energy and operations savings or a combination of them all? This presentation will walk through the design, procurement and construction aspect of school panel construction, following by an in-depth Q&A discussion.

What Happened to Work Ethic? Are the Kids Alright?

September 20, 2018 from 11:30am to 12:30pm

Dallas Ballroom BC

Amy Lynch

When things don’t go well with a particular employee or crew, we tend to say work ethic (or lack of it!) is to blame. But what does that really mean? In this interactive session, we will examine work ethic as we define it in the tilt-up industry and find ways to align company needs with emerging generational ideas about time, schedules and responsibility.

Bring your thoughts about the “entitlement” mentality and your questions about how to manage young employees. You’ll leave with do-it-today ideas for giving young employees a deep commitment to quality work.

Student Luncheon

September 20, 2018 from 11:30am to 12:30pm

Dallas Ballroom A3

Jim Baty

Jereme Montgomery

Students from the Richardson Independent School District will join us for a lunch-talk on careers in construction and an introduction to tilt-up construction methodology.

The EPD Movement – It’s Closer than you Think

September 20, 2018 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Dallas Ballroom BC

David R. Green

Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) provide environmental transparency of products and solutions and are gaining global acceptance for construction projects.

As the demand for EPD grows, their requirement for project bid packages will also increase. Is your organization prepared to meet the requirements for an EPD? Is your organization ready to take a proactive approach to environmental transparency?

This presentation will provide insights into an EPD, how an EPD is developed and how it can differentiate your products environmental results in the construction value chain. Additional insight will be provided into life cycle assessment, its role in supporting your most sustainable products and the value it creates for your marketing strategy.

A New Generation of Tilt-Wall Icons

September 20, 2018 from 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Dallas Ballroom BC

Greg Papay

Looking for inspiration from modern technology and historical precedent, Lake|Flato Architects has designed some iconic structures with tilt-wall concrete. Lake|Flato Partner Greg Papay, FAIA will share their approach to using a common material in uncommon ways to create transformational projects for their clients. He will present case studies of their work at Francis Parker School in San Diego, and The Doseum and Confluence Park in San Antonio, all award-winning projects, to illustrate the architectural, engineering and construction decisions the project team made to achieve their results. Owner input and feedback from owning these structures, some now a dozen years old, will also illuminate the life cycle outcomes of choosing tilt-wall.

The Tilt-Wall System and Commodity Architecture

September 20, 2018 from 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Dallas Ballroom BC

Jeffrey Brown, FAIA

Unlike contractors and developers in whose professions there is a very close alignment of the business and the professional sides of their industry, architecture is literally coming apart at the seams between the professional side that attempts to lead the discourse of what architecture is and does without any real interest in the everyday ongoing practice of architecture as a business. That imbalance is being corrected. Today, the marketplace is forcing architects to follow developers and contractors into turnkey delivery arrangements (CMAR, Design Build, Negotiated) where the architect is not directly contracted to what is at least putatively the client.

This is a business-like invasion of a time-honored artistic arrangement which architects as a whole do not like due to the loss of relationship and thus control, via commodification, of the architect to the client. And interestingly there are many kinds of buildings that “commoditize” readily.

There are many markets in this country where the thought of constructing a big-box industrial building out of anything other than tilt wall is unheard of. Said differently block and brick has effectively been superseded by tilt wall as a cost-effective method for big-box building programs in nearly all markets. There are some markets where you can say the same for non-high-rise code multistory office buildings. In those markets, tilt wall again aligns harmonically with a commodity building type. It should not go without saying that it does so with a high potential for formal innovation into the bargain.  The obvious extension of this observation, of this unique phenomenon, becomes what other building types are sliding towards commodity status - and thus possibly colliding into tilt wall technology? (think schools….) And what non-commodity building types are being pressured economically to perform like commodity types from a cost and prospectus orientation? (think your local community center….) Are they also destined to meet tilt wall as approach to balancing cost and FORM?

Early Bird Roundtable: Donuts with David C. Whitlock, Esquire

September 21, 2018 from 7:00am to 8:00am

Dallas Ballroom D3

David C Whitlock

We all have them, questions we don’t want to know the answer to. Questions that if answered may mean more work for us or may mean we’re doing it wrong. Worse yet, the answer may suggest we're not in compliance with current laws and regulations. Maybe it’s your “friend” who has the questions? Either way, join us for an informal gathering with one of America’s leading business lawyers for employment-related compliance matters, David C. Whitlock.

Heading to New Heights for E-Commerce

September 21, 2018 from 9:30am to 10:30am

Dallas Ballroom C

Jason M. Cooper

The growing e-commerce industry is creating a need for significantly larger warehouse spaces to house inventory, which means greater clear heights and a need for more cubic square footage. Warehouses have typically been measured by their base square footage, but now it is important to know how high inventory can be stacked. Join Jason Cooper as he discusses these changes and the options to consider when developing. Cooper is the president of Arch-Con Corporation and has nearly 20 years of experience in the construction industry. He has a bachelor’s degree in construction science from Texas A&M University and is recognized as LEED AP.

Construction Fails – A Review of Conditions and Decisions Leading to Disastrous Accidents and Near Misses

September 21, 2018 from 11:30am to 12:30pm

Dallas Ballroom C

Barclay Gebel

Without a doubt, construction can be a dangerous business. Even so, not many mishaps on construction sites are freak accidents; the vast majority are completely preventable. During this seminar, Barclay Gebel will lead a panel of tilt-up experts in a review of several recent construction fails. While many times a root cause is identified in these instances - resulting in lawsuits, termination or even loss of business - assigning blame often leads to a false sense of closure and an over simplification of an accident’s cause. Therefore, the focus of this group will be to identify and discuss the myriad of conditions and decisions leading to each failure as well as the industry’s role in improving the culture, resources and awareness needed to prevent injury on the jobsite.

Now What? Managing the Aftermath of a Jobsite Accident

September 21, 2018 from 2:30pm to 3:30pm

Dallas Ballroom C

Robert Schindler

So, you’ve unfortunately had a jobsite accident, now what? Join Robert Schindler, safety director at Arch-Con Construction, as he breaks down the need for crisis management planning. Key elements including communication strategies, a plan for media interaction, cell phone and social media policies and more will be covered. Who says what and how they say it matters, so it’s important to stop rumors before they start and know that sometimes going viral is not a good thing.

Unpacking the New TCA Bracing Guideline Version 18.1

September 21, 2018 from 2:30pm to 3:30pm

Dallas Ballroom A3

This presentation will discuss the significant changes the new TCA Guideline for Temporary Wind Bracing of Tilt-Up Concrete Panels During Construction version 18.1 presents. Specific formula changes and design implications as it applies to bracing tilt-up panels will also be discussed. The goal of the presentation is to inform the Tilt-Up community of the changes and how it affects them.

Roundtable: Tall Panels Bring Tall Challenges

September 21, 2018 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm

Dallas Ballroom C

Mike Wolstenholme

Estella Matemu

Trends of panels getting taller and heavier means the challenge to temporarily brace them safely becomes greater. Join the discussion on some of the best practices engineered and used in the field for different panel and project applications. We will discuss market data to identify and confirm trends in tilt, suggest challenges larger panels can pose, and hear first-hand from participants sharing their solutions and evolving methods for working with tall panels.

Track highlight

Attendees will get a behind the scenes look at the construction of the monumental polished tilt-up panels making up the Saint Louis Art Museum's new building.

The Saint Louis Art Museum, Located in Forest Park in Saint Louis, Missouri, is situated atop Art Hill overlooking the Grand Basin, the central gathering place for the 1904 World's Fair. Designed by renowned American architect Cass Gilbert, the Saint Louis Art Museum's original structure was the only building from the World’s Fair designed to be permanent. The 200,000 square foot addition, designed by London architect David Chipperfield, consists of large, clean expanses of glass and monumental planes of highly polished black concrete. The stark contrast created by the simplicity and darkness of the expansion keeps clean the reading of the original building and establishes a somewhat submissive attitude while sustaining its own sense of monumentality.

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