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Convention Wrap-Up

The 2007 Tilt-Up Convention, “Tilt- Up: It’s a System,” held in College Park, Maryland was an outstanding educational and networking event. As the TCA continues to grow, so does the size and importance of this annual event. Contractors, engineers, architects, marketers and managers spent the days in education sessions, focusing on Tilt-Up as a system with inherent benefits of efficiency and economy. Thirty companies exhibited at this year’s tradeshow, providing this highly specified Tilt-Up audience with the first look at the newest innovations that are changing the face of the Tilt-Up industry. The convention also featured a mega demo. To read more about the convention, visit 2007recap.html

Rob Quigley, FAIA, Keynote Speaker for Annual Convention

Rob Quigley, FAIA was the keynote speaker for the Convention. A nationally recognized architect whose work has garnered more than 60 design awards from the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Quigley is a big proponent of Tilt-Up and “sang of its architectural praises” during his keynote address. In 2005, the AIA California Council honored Rob with the Maybeck Award – California’s equivalent of the Gold Medal – for three decades of architectural design excellence.

According to Ed Sauter, TCA executive director, Quigley’s discussion on the architectural advantages of Tilt-Up was a great benefit to attendees of this year’s Convention with the theme – “Tilt-Up: It’s a System.”

Quigley founded his own architecture and planning firm in San Diego. He has a diverse portfolio of work and has recently worked on several projects in southern California including the Children’s Museum of San Diego, the Student Academic Services Facility at UCSD and the San Diego New Main Library. Quigley has been a pioneer in the design of architecturally significant yet affordable housing for the working poor. Further, he was an early leader in the sustainable design movement, designing solar-powered homes in the 1970s. A longtime student of the public realm, he has focused his recent efforts on civic and academic buildings.

HOT TOPIC – David C. Whitlock Discusses Immigration Reform at TCA Annual Convention

David C. Whitlock, a partner at Fisher & Phillips, LLP in Atlanta, Ga., presented “Immigration Reform Changes Your World” at the 2007 TCA Convention, which included information about current immigration and employment laws. According to Ed Sauter, TCA Executive Director, “Employers are faced with a myriad of questions regarding current immigration employment laws and what changes may be coming out of Washington. This presentation helps business owners and managers determine what they need to do to ensure compliance and what they should be thinking about in the future.”
Heading up the Atlanta-based firm’s Immigration and Nationality Law Practice, Whitlock is a frequent lecturer on immigration topics and he also advises employers regarding best practices in employment-related topics. An author of numerous articles regarding immigration law enforcement and compliance, Whitlock was selected a Georgia Super Lawyer, Immigration in 2004 and has been listed in Chambers USA, America’s Leading Business Lawyers since 2006.

International Student Design Competition Winners Showcased at Convention

TCA has announced the winners of the international student design competition, Storm Housing 2007. Students in the field of architecture, currently in graduate or undergraduate programs, were invited to present conceptual designs for a storm-resistant housing complex located along the Gulf Coast using site cast concrete Tilt-Up panels for their shell components.

“TCA is excited to sponsor this event along with the Portland Cement Association (PCA),” said Ed Sauter, executive director of the TCA. “Tilt-Up has long been known for its effectiveness in high wind environments and the students who entered this competition had the opportunity to explore all the advantages that Tilt-Up provides.”

This competition sought to challenge entrants to creatively solve the problem of replacing large volumes of single-family housing for lower income levels in the regions hardest hit by recent hurricanes along the Gulf Coast. Entrants were encouraged to present prominent, architecturally significant design solutions for housing units that can be placed in newly rebuilt communities, providing measurable improvements to long-term durability.

The program outlined the following design conditions:

  • Housing can be developed with a conceptual site plan consisting of single-family structures or multi-family complexes.
  • Homes must have the same size range as original plans.
  • The block should consist of 20 total units.
  • Develop in detail one unit or multi-unit structure utilizing Tilt-Up concrete in whole or in part.
  • Housing should be slab-on-ground with no basement considerations.
  • Designs can investigate both form and finish for Tilt-Up construction.

A panel of judges reviewed entries for the following criteria:

  • Creative use of the design concept in overall solution,
  • Application of the Tilt-Up construction method, and
  • Appropriateness of response in the context.

Prizes were awarded to the winners during the Convention. The winners of the Storm Housing 2007 competition are:

  • First Prize: Jonathan McKearin — $4,250 (USD)*
  • Second Prize: Ritaart Marcelis — $3,250 (USD)*
  • Third Prize: Artur Marques Kalil — $2,250 (USD)*

In addition to the top three projects, nine additional projects received the honorable mention distinctions. Please sure to check out the next issue of Tilt- Up Today for more information on the winning submittals.

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