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Tilt-Up Achievement Award Winners
According to the judges of the 11th Annual Tilt-Up Achievement Awards, the 22
winners represent the most unique applications of the site cast Tilt-Up construction
Excellence in Achievement
The top three projects, selected based on securing the most points from the
judges, are as follows:
1. Gleneagles Community Centre: 23,000-square-foot special project in West
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Submitted by Fast + Epp Structural Engineers
of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
2. Morinda/Tahitian Noni Manufacturing Plant: 141,085-square-foot manufacturing/
industrial facility in American Fork, Utah. Submitted by Dunn Associates, Inc.
of Salt Lake City, Utah.
3. Dade Paper: 224,000-square-foot distribution/warehouse facility center in
Miami, Fla. Submitted by Woodland Construction Co. of Jupiter, Fla.
New to this year’s program is a Technical Innovation award, judged by the
Association staff based on technical merit of the project. The two winners are:
1. EPA Region VII Science and Technology Center: 72,100-square-foot special
project in Kansas City, Kan. Submitted by Needham and Associates of Overland Park,
2. Applied Biosystems: 184,471-square-foot special project in Pleasanton, Calif.
Submitted by Structural Engineers, Inc. of Los Altos, Calif.
In addition to the three top scoring projects and the two Technical Innovation
awards, the following structures were also selected for Tilt-Up Achievement Awards:
1. The Daugherty Residence: 15,000-square-foot housing project in Henderson,
Nev. Submitted by JD Construction, Inc. of Henderson, Nev.
2. Bedford Baptist Church: 4,200-square-foot religious facility in Bedford, Nova
Scotia, Canada. Submitted by B.D. Stevens Limited of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia,
3. Security Central: 15,134-square-foot office in Centennial, Colo. Submitted by
Saunders Construction, Inc. of Centennial, Colo.
4. CitiMortgage Operations Center: 515,000-square-foot office in O’Fallon, Mo.
Submitted by Clayco Construction Company of St. Louis, Mo.
5. Chevron/Texaco: 145,300-square-foot office in Bakersfield, Calif. Submitted
by Teter Consultants, LLP of Fesno, Calif.
6. Iron Bridge 1401 Building: 24,772-square-foot spec office in Spokane, Wash.
Submitted by DIVICON, Inc. of Spokane, Wash.
7. The Berkeley Building: 77,342-square-foot spec office in Columbia, S.C.
Submitted by CON/STEEL Tilt-Up Systems of Dayton, Ohio.
8. Mercedes Benz: 79,231-square-foot retail project in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Submitted
by Tilt-Con Corporation of Altamonte Springs, Fla.
9. Shops at Boardwalk: 136,000-square-foot retail facility in Kansas City, Mo.
Submitted by CON/STEEL Tilt-Up Systems of Dayton, Ohio.
10. St. Anthony High School: 29,444-square-foot educational facility in
Effingham, Ill. Submitted by Superior Concrete Constructors, Inc. of Evansville, Ind.
11. Vista Ridge High School, Leander ISD: 387,528-square-foot educational
facility in Cedar Park, Texas. Submitted by American Constructors, L.P. of Austin,
12. Central West Palm Beach High School: 256,000-square-foot educational
facility in Wellington, Fla. Submitted by Woodland Construction, Co. of Jupiter, Fla.
13. Hoover High School Event Center: 27,522-square-foot educational facility
in Fresno, Calif. Submitted by Teter Consultants of Fresno, Calif.
14. Mia Shoes: 87,418-square-foot distribution/warehouse facility in Miami, Fla.
Submitted by Tilt-Con Corporation of Altamonte Springs, Fla.
15. Vistakon Research and Development Lab: 154,662-square-foot manufacturing/
industrial facility in Jacksonville, Fla. Submitted by Tilt-Con Corporation of
Altamonte Springs, Fla.
16. Brown Industrial Building: 13,345-square-foot manufacturing/industrial facility
in Truckee, Calif. Submitted by Faulkner Architects of Truckee, Calif.
17. Dependable Heating and Air: 49,500-square-foot manufacturing/industrial
facility in Dixon, Calif. Submitted by Panattoni Construction of Sacramento, Calif.
2004 TILT-UP ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS REPRESENT TECHNICALLY INNOVATIVE AND UNIQUE APPLICATIONS
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Technology and unique applications are the themes for 11th annual Tilt-Up
Achievement Awards, recently announced by The Tilt-Up Concrete Association (TCA).
Established to honor projects that use site cast Tilt-Up concrete to introduce new building types, advance industry technology and provide a unique solution to a building problem, the panel of five judges characterized this year’s entries as innovative. Submittals were judged on aesthetic expression, schedule, size, originality, finishes and special conditions.
According to Jim Baty, Technical Director of the TCA, the judges routinely commented on the commitment to innovation and technical detail that this year’s award submittals displayed.
Although all 22 structures selected are recognized as winning projects, three received further distinction for their excellence across all categories. According to Baty, these projects received the highest overall scores of all submittals.
Excellence in Achievement
Recognized for the highest overall score, the Gleneagles Community Centre in West Vancouver, British Columbia is a 23,000- square-foot facility constructed on an extremely tight site in the restrictive Rocky Mountain area. The owner desired a sustainable building and Tilt-Up allowed for this goal to be met in a distinct and holistic manner. This project was designated a Blue Ribbon project and received the highest overall rating because it rigorously pursued green building design standards. The project not only proves Tilt-Up’s viability in the green arena, but also demonstrates the effectiveness Tilt-Up can have in remote locations, small project types and extremely tight sites.
Designed to handle the bottling and distribution functions of the Tahitian Noni Juice Company, this 141,085-square-foot manufacturing/ industrial facility in American Fork, Utah boasts the second highest overall score in the awards competition. To allow for the construction of a new facility and the remodel of the existing building at the same time, this massive project included the demolition of three buildings and partial demolition of a fourth building. Judges commented on how well-designed the facility is and the striking aesthetics of the project.
One of the client’s goals was to create a piece of architecture that would enhance the marketing of Tahitian Noni Juice. As such, the tallest, largest and heaviest Tilt-Up panel, seen from the neighboring highway, contains a 16-foot wide by 20-foot high cast-art piece that is similar to the Tahitian Noni’s bottle label. Requirements to keep portions of the building open and transparent necessitated that the Tilt-Up panels be designed to interact with braced frames at glazed areas in order to provide one unified seismic resistant system.
The 224,000-square-foot Dade Paper distribution center in Miami, Fla. received the third highest overall point total. Tilt- Up is credited by the owner, as well as the design and construction team, for disguising this distribution facility and making it appear more like an office. This was an important priority for the owner because he sought a higher-end look for his clients, employees and the community at-large, and therefore chose to focus on creating a unique entranceway, highlighting the office and removing the focus from the distribution space. The monument sign outside of the building also is constructed from curved Tilt-Up panels. In addition to the radius panels, extensive use of reveal patterns and EIFS molding on the parapet of the radius panels accent this facility.
The 2004 Awards program also includes, for the first time, the Technical Innovation category. Judged by the Association staff based solely on technical merit, the category was created to recognize the growing number of projects featuring unique approaches to design challenges and products applied to solve them. Two projects, the EPA Region VII Science and Technology center in Kansas City, Kan. and Applied Biosystems in Pleasanton, Calif. received this distinction.
project well-suited for the Special Project category and the honor of the Technical Innovation award, the EPA Region VII Science and Technology Center is centered around an extremly bulky
concrete wall dividing the Center. Tilt-Up allowed for the wall to be constructed during the winter, as well as meet extremely stringent budget and architectural finish requirements. Judges selected this project for the creative thinking employed by the team on this atypical project. Further, this project is representative of the growing green design trend as it obtained a LEED™ Silver Certification rating.
Design features included construction of a massive wall boasting 28 panels that were 16-inches thick, with one 32-inch thick panel. The design-build team created a “void” in the panels and filled them with Styrofoam insulation to create sandwich panels with the overriding goal of alleviating weight concerns. By using the “void” system, the team was able to reduce the amount of concrete used by approximately 35 percent. Even with this reduction in weight, the heaviest panel on the project weighed 186,720-pounds and is listed on the TCA’s “Top Ten List” for Heaviest Panel.
Beyond the construction of the sandwich panel, the project posed many special architectural concerns. Both faces of the panel were to be exposed on the interior, which necessitated a smooth finish and reveals to enhance the aesthetic appeal of the facility. Tackling the challenge of reveals on both faces, the Tilt-Up subcontractor developed a ladder system that used plastic reveal strips with PVC pipe and long threaded rods to create the reveal strip on the upper face.
Concrete’s inherent durability made
the choice for a unique project — a basement that houses the mechanical equipment for the campus of a leading life science research company. Once complete, the 80-acre Applied Biosystems campus will encompass nearly one million square feet of laboratory, office, assembly and support spaces. In order to maximize the efficiency of the buildings on the site, it was decided to house the 46,118- square-foot Central Utility Plant (CUP) within a basement beneath the three-story building. Judges selected this project for the Technical Innovation award because it presented Tilt-Up as a structural element in a new way. The contractor determined that Tilt-Up provided a distinct advantage over competing building methods; approximately 90 days were saved in the construction schedule with a construction cost savings of approximately $300,000.
The critical nature of the CUP dictated that it be designed to a higher seismic performance level than conventional buildings, which created larger lateral design forces that had to be considered in the interaction between the steel superstructure and the concrete basement. Panels were cast individually in approximately 20-foot long segments and interconnected with cast-inplace closures, approximately three-feet wide. In some areas, there were as many as 20 penetrations within a five-foot square area.
A New Pallet of Creativity for the Future
Long regarded as a proven solution for fast and efficient construction, today’s
project is anything but typical. In fact, today’s design and construction professionals take “thinking outside the box” beyond the use of unique architectural treatments on traditional structures commonly found in previous years. The new vernacular of
Tilt-Up serves as a solution for everything from basement and interior walls to homes and new-age offices. Baty said he looks forward to seeing what next year’s awards will bring to the marketplace.
TCA was founded in 1986 to improve the quality and acceptance of site cast Tilt-Up construction, a construction method in which concrete wall panels are cast on-site and tilted into place. Tilt-Up construction is one of the fastest growing industries, combining the advantages of reasonable cost with low maintenance, durability, speed of construction and minimal capital investment. For more information about the TCA, visit
www.tilt-up.org, call Ed Sauter or Jim Baty at 319-895-6911, or e-mail TCA at
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