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TCA Expands its Efforts

By: Ed Sauter | Executive Director, Tilt-Up Concrete Association

The economy may still be in the doldrums (although only until the second half of 2013 according to PCA chief economist Ed Sullivan), but TCA is moving forward with several broad initiatives.  The first is a major expansion in the distribution of the TCA magazine.  Beginning with this issue, the list of those receiving the magazine has gone increased significantly.  This will put the message of Tilt-Up in the hands of thousands of additional companies and individuals and will provide greater value for our Global Associations who advertise in the publication.

The second initiative is the launch of the TCA Company Certification program.  Two companies have undergone review and been approved in the beta period and several more will follow shortly.  We expect the number to expand to as many as twenty companies this year.  There is a more in-depth description of this program on page twelve of this magazine.

The third initiative is the new energy presentation developed by TCA Technical Director Jim Baty.  The new energy standards, when adopted by code authorities, will not only level the playing field but will give insulated Tilt-Up a distinct advantage over other building systems, in particular non-mass structures.  Jim has conducted several webinars focused on training members to deliver the message that Tilt-Up is an excellent way to meet the new energy code provisions.  The courses have been approved for AIA learning units and the application has been submitted for LEED-AP credits.  The combination of AIA and LEED credits make the presentation appealing to a wide audience – all the time selling Tilt-Up construction.  An article about the presentation is elsewhere in this publication.

Additionally, the long-awaited Engineering of Tilt-Up manual is finally available.  This completes the trilogy of publications began several years ago to replace the Tilt-Up Design and Engineering Manual as well as provide a treatise to showcase the architectural side of Tilt-Up.  This comprehensive manual takes up where the ACI-551 Design Guide leaves off.  The 551 Guide deals only with panels, the Engineering of Tilt-Up guides the designer through the design of an entire structure and includes design examples.

The 2013 TCA Convention, which will be held September 30 – October 1 in Houston, Texas, adds a new track for engineers expressly for the purpose of presenting the above manual and expanding its use.  The schedule has been revamped to include a luncheon presentation for local architects and developers and more focused exhibit time to encourage interaction.  Houston, in particular the Sugar Land area, has been especially busy in terms of development and construction.  A buildings tour will also be added back into the mix and we plan to have a Tilt-Up construction project to tour.

Last but not least, we are aiming at expanding our membership.  Our goal is 500 members in five years.  Several fronts are being pursued including the membership committee initiative, member volunteer efforts to contact or bring names forward, renewed contacts within our own database, and a concerted effort toward retention of our existing members and those who fell away during the recession.  If you know of companies you feel should or could be members, send us their names and contact information or, better yet, contact them yourselves and send us the information for follow-up.  The more members we have, the stronger our organization and the greater authority we carry in our efforts to be the voice of the industry.

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TILT-UP TODAY, a publication of the Tilt-Up Concrete Association, is THE source for Tilt-Up industry news, market intelligence, business strategies, technical solutions, product information, and other resources for professionals in the Tilt-Up industry. A subscription to TILT-UP TODAY is included in a TCA membership. Subscriptions for potential TCA members are also available. If you would like to receive a complimentary subscription to the publication, please contact the TCA.