TCA Announces Winner of International Design Competition — ‘TCA/PCA Fire Storm Housing 2008’

By: Wendy Ward, Constructive Communication, Inc. The Tilt-Up Concrete Association (TCA) – a non-profit international organization that serves to expand and improve the use of Tilt-Up as the preferred construction method – has announced the winners of “TCA/PCA Fire Storm Housing 2008,” an international design competition. Students in the field of architecture, currently in graduate […]

Thoughts from a LEED AP

Joe Piedimonte, a green building project manager and CFO of Castroville-based Ausonio Incorporated, is a LEED accredited professional with over 20 years experience in the construction and retail industries. His LEED accreditation is in New Construction as well as Existing Buildings. He coordinated LEED submittals for Ausonio on the Chartwell School Platinum LEED project. Piedimonte can […]

Connections in Tilt-Up Buildings

By: Ed Sauter, Tilt-Up Concrete Association Lifting panels is always the most exciting time on a Tilt-Up job, but what comes after lifting is perhaps even more important to the proper performance of the structure. The very nature of a Tilt-Up building, or any rigid wall flexible diaphragm structure, is the interaction between the walls, […]

Insulated Sandwich Panels

By: Darryl Dixon Composite Technologies Corp. TIPS FOR INSULATED SANDWICH WALL PANELS In the U.S., it is estimated that buildings consume 65 percent of the electricity generated and produce 30 percent of the national output of greenhouse gases. This has produced a shift in design and construction practices towards methods that significantly reduce the negative […]

Wall Bracing to Slab-on-Ground Floors

By: David L. Kelly, consultant — retired from Meadow Burke This article originally appeared in the July 2007 issue of ‘Concrete International.’ In the Tilt-Up construction method, concrete wall panels are typically cast in a horizontal position on a ground-supported slab. Because the size (and weight) of a typical Tilt-Up panel can be quite high, […]

TCA Announces Two Speakers for Annual Convention

TCA has announced two speakers for its fourth annual Convention to be held Oct. 1-4 in Phoenix, Ariz. Julie Buffenbarger, LEED AP, will be speaking on sustainability. An engineering and architectural sales specialist for Lafarge Cement, Buffenbarger will discuss how the practice of sustainable design involves the careful selection of building materials, design details and […]

New Heaviest Panel Tops TCA Top Ten List

TCA has announced a new heaviest panel on the Top Ten list. The new titleholder is the 339,000-pound panel for the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, Fla. “Tilt-Up continues to grow into a wide variety of markets and this project demonstrates all that innovative design and construction teams are doing to make projects a reality,” said […]

Message From the President: Tilt-Up Architecture With A Capital ‘A’

In 2005, the TCA published the first edition of “The Architecture of Tilt-Up”. The title was carefully selected from many possible choices such as “Architectural Design in Tilt-Up”, “Tilt-Up Design”, and other variations involving the words style, architectural, aesthetics, and design. I learned many years ago in school that architects often make a distinction between […]

Message From the Director: ‘Top 10’ Tilt-Up Projects

In this day and age everyone wants to know where they stand. Who is the best – not just now, but of all-time. After watching 8,000 hours of Olympics coverage (and that’s just prime time regular network coverage) and their discussion regarding the best Olympic athlete of all-time, I thought it would be a good […]

Thoughts from a LEED AP

Andrew S. McPherson is president of Seretta Construction in Orlando, Fla. and Charlotte, N.C. He is also a LEED AP certified professional. We’ve asked him to share his insights as well as some advice about LEED and sustainable design in the Tilt-Up concrete industry. McPherson can be reached at 407-290-9440 or TCA: What does […]

Project Profile: Bridging the Divide — Expanding the use of Tilt-Up for unique projects

By Ben Saltzman, Tilt-Up Concrete Association, When St. Louis University, a private Jesuit institution in St. Louis, Mo., decided to embark on the construction of a covered walkway connecting the South Medical/Research Campus to the brand new Doisey Research Center, they knew they wanted to make a statement. Inspired by his frequent trips to […]

Member Profile: TAS Commerical Concrete Construction

By: Wendy Ward Constructive Communication, Inc. In 1980, Mark Scully started a relatively small general contracting company in Houston with a team of 20 employees, now known as TAS Commercial Concrete Construction. Eventually, the company narrowed its services to concrete subcontracting, and expanded its market into Dallas. In 1995, TAS acquired American Concrete in […]

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