The Tilt-Up Concrete Association (TCA) has announced its Call for Presentations for the 2007 Tilt-Up Convention, to be held October 3–6 in College Park, Md. With the theme “Tilt-Up—It's a System,” the association is inviting industry experts to submit abstracts of approximately 100 words, a list of main objectives, and a speaker biography, as well as tilt-up and speaking experience for consideration. Topic ideas include detailed building cost comparisons, time-savings analysis, life-cycle costing, scheduling, engineering efficiency, selling to educational boards, case studies, design options, and more. Presentations should be 45–60 minutes in length. Submissions should be sent via e-mail to James Baty, TCA technical director at

The three-day Tilt-Up Convention features intensive training and education seminars for contractors and engineers, architects and marketing personnel, as well as a construction demonstration. CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION is the Official Media Sponsor of the TCA convention. For more information, visit

The Concrete Counter-top Industry Conference (CCIC 2006) took place on Nov. 6–7, 2006. Folks from throughout the United States, as well as Puerto Rico, Mexico, Canada, and Denmark, attended the 2006 event in Raleigh, N.C. Attendees and exhibitors alike raved about the conference, which focused on providing education on concrete countertops, along with networking opportunities.

The two-day conference featured seminars covering topics such as kitchens and baths, finishing techniques, marketing, design, troubleshooting, sealers, precast versus cast-in-place, and business success. For photos of this year's conference or information on next year's event, visit

The National Association of Home Builders' Concrete Home Building Council (RESIDENTIAL CONCRETE is the official publication of the CHBC) has announced that Catherine “Kate” Driscoll has accepted the position of senior manager. With her prior managerial experience and work with associations such as Amnesty International USA and The Human Rights Campaign, Driscoll will lead CHBC allowing it to carry out its 2007 objectives. For more information about what's in store at CHBC, read At Home with Concrete on page 16 of this issue, or visit

Pieter VanderWerf, president of Building Works Inc., recently was awarded the 2006 Insulating Concrete Form Association (ICFA) Richie Scott Award. The award honors an individual who distinguished himself as a leader in the insulating concrete form (ICF) industry over the past year. VanderWerf, often cited as one of the pioneers in the ICF industry, has created numerous publications and courses to educate contractors and designers and to promote the use of ICFs in the construction industry, design profession, and the public at-large.

After winning the award, VanderWerf said, “When I consider the other people nominated for this award and the other people who could have been nominated, I'm honored and humbled. There is amazing talent at the vanguard of the ICF industry. There is also an electric excitement among us at being involved in one of the truly revolutionary developments in construction of the present day.”