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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 Memorial Award
  • Victory Bear for the Robert Aiken Innovation Award
  • Hughes General Contractors for the Murray Parker Memorial Award
  • Powers Brown Architects for the Irving Gill Distinguished Architect Award
  • BBM Structural Engineers for the TCA Distinguished Engineer Award


Peter Courtois Memorial Award

This award honors Peter Courtois, who died in 1992 after serving as senior vice president of engineering for Dayton Superior Concrete Accessories (formerly Dayton-Richmond Corporation). Courtois, an employee of Dayton Superior for 32 years, immeasurably contributed to the Tilt-Up industry through his tireless effort and dedication to several industry associations. He served on seven ACI committees, most notably the ACI-551 Tilt-Up Construction Committee. In addition, he was a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and served as the initial president of TCA, for which he was made an honorary member in 1991. Past recipients include: Robert Tobin, Dave Kelly, Dr. Koladi Kripanarayanan, Bill Lockwood, Sam Hodges, Bill Simpson, Murray Parker, Bob Truitt, Jesse Wyatt, Don Musser, Tom Collins and Hugh Brooks.

A pioneer in the truest sense of the word, Malcolm Davis sponsored many programs in conjunction with the design and construction industry in Australia to promote Tilt-Up in the early 1980s. When Davis began these promotional efforts, there were only a handful of Tilt-Up projects in Australia, but by 1985, his efforts had resulted in about 200 projects. He helped launch and then served as the first president of the Australian Tilt-Up Concrete Association. He has also been an instrumental pioneer for Tilt-Up development in South Africa and other regions.


Robert Aiken Innovation Award

This award honors Robert Aiken – a founding father of Tilt-Up construction. Known for initiating a more architectural direction for Tilt-Up, Aiken is credited with the concept of casting panels face-up to provide a medium for developing craftsmanship in the construction method. Past recipients include: Accubrace Shoring, Tex-Cote, Elmer Payne (Dayton Richmond), Composite Technologies (Thermomass) and Scott System.

The acceptance of Tilt-Up by the architectural community is certainly aided by the architectural products supplied by Victory Bear. The firm continues to respond to the needs of the industry by providing a leading catalog of reveal profiles, sister forming/ chamfer products, non-chemical retarders and a myriad of other fine detailing products. The Victory Bear line of PVC extrusions from Fukuvi has made a huge impact on the Tilt-Up industry. An active member of the TCA, they have contributed greatly to the industry by hosting seminars about the merits of Tilt-Up.


Murray Parker Memorial Award

Named in honor of Murray Parker who died in 2000, this award was created to recognize a contractor who has significantly contributed to the Tilt-Up industry. Parker was regarded for his development and promotion of Tilt-Up throughout the industry, especially in the Atlantic Provinces region of Canada. As General Manager/Vice President of B.D. Stevens, Ltd. in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Parker is credited with introducing Tilt-Up to an area of the world where many thought it was impossible to use the medium. His contributions and commitment to excellence helped the method gain credibility in the area and paved the way for future Tilt-Up projects. Past recipients include Tilt-Up Systems (S. Africa), Balch Enterprises, L.D. Clark and Citadel Contractors.

Hughes General Contractors has long been associated with pioneering Tilt-Up applications and aesthetics. They have pushed the Utah market to accept the implementation of Tilt-Up as the preferred method for school construction in major markets in Utah. Their pioneering use of pigmented concrete to establish a modern aesthetic for concrete buildings in the red Utah landscape has been readily shared throughout the Association. A longtime TCA member, Hughes has contributed significantly to the educational mission of the Association by sharing details, procedures and business models.


Irving Gill Distinguished Architect Award

The TCA’s Distinguished Architect Award is newly named this year honoring Irving J. Gill. Early in the history of concrete construction, Gill—a prominent architect in Southern California—designed and constructed a house in Hollywood employing Aiken’s method for Tilt-Up in 1912. This led Gill to purchase the patent rights of the bankrupt Aiken Reinforced Concrete Company forming his own Concrete Building and Investment Company. Without the architectural mindset of Gill, the industry may very well have taken a much slower time to rise to its current dominance. His crowning Tilt-Up achievement remains as one of the great early examples of modern concrete, the La Jolla Women’s Club. Past recipients include RMW architecture, Intergroup Architects, Kovert Hawkins Architects and The Haskell Company.

Without a doubt, one of the biggest names in Tilt-Up architecture today is Powers Brown Architecture. A frequent participant in the Tilt-Up Achievement Awards, the firm continues to push the envelope in Tilt-Up construction and has been recognized with multiple winning projects. Their accomplishments include four projects in the 2008 crop of Achievement Awards.


TCA Distinguished Engineer Award

The TCA created this award to recognize members of the Tilt-Up industry who are committed to pursuing engineering excellence and advancing the industry. Past recipients include Alan Reay Consultants (New Zealand), John Lawson, Jeff Griffin and Gerry Weiler.

BBM Structural Engineers (formerly Burton, Braswell, Middlebrooks) is a well-known engineering leader in the Tilt-Up industry, as evidenced by their perennial involvement in many award-winning projects. BBM also has committed significant energy to the betterment of the industry through involvement in such activities as the ACI 551 Tilt-Up Concrete Committee to develop state- of-the-art industry practices through construction and design guides. The dominance of Tilt-Up in the state of Florida is certainly partially credited to the engineering expertise and creativity demonstrated by the founding partners of BBM.

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