The Tilt-Up Concrete Association (TCA) has announced the recipients of the 2006 Tilt-Up Achievement Awards.

In its 15th consecutive year, the Achievement Awards program was established by TCA to honor projects that use site-cast tilt-up concrete to introduce new building types, advance industry technology, and provide unique solutions to building programs. This year's judges also placed an increased emphasis on the characteristics of the projects that would attract and hold the interest of architects and building owners.

Although 36 structures were selected, the judges rated three projects from across all categories to receive the exclusive title Excellence in Achievement. These projects stand out for their unique and inventive use of the tilt-up method.

Sibaya Casino: A 485,000-square-foot special project in Durban, South Africa, submitted by Tilt-Up Systems of Kwa Zulu-Natal, South Africa

Low maintenance, cost-effectiveness and quality made tilt-up the solution for this facility. Judges rated the Sibaya Casino as a favorite because this project serves as “a genuine iconic milestone for the site-cast concrete wall panel industry. The shear magnitude and complexity of the scope should inspire anyone involved with or contemplating using this construction method.”

Access Dental: A 44,575-square-foot office facility in Sacramento, Calif., submitted by Panattoni Construction, Inc., of Sacramento, Calif.

Wanting to centralize his company's Califor-nia operations into one complex and celebrate his passion for early 20th century modern architecture, the owner of Access Dental challenged the design team to create a facility rich with geometric exploration that would create a strong corporate image and portray an attitude about the company's place in the modern world.“The composition of materials, colors, forms and surfaces creates a building that just makes you feel good about architecture,” said one judge, “regardless of what those elements are individually.” In addition, the spatial qualities around and through the mass of the building elements add to the overall project, and the architecture was focused in the right places. In addition to the Excellence in Achievement projects, 33 other projects were selected for 2006 Tilt-Up Achievement Awards.

Freedom Towers at Walter Sisulu Square: A special project in Gauteng, South Africa, submitted by Tilt-Up Systems of Kwa Zulu-Natal, South Africa

Five of the Freedom Towers' columns are made of black concrete with white aggregate, and four of the columns are made of white concrete with black aggregate. This represents the new South Africa where black and white people stand together in harmony. Large floodlights inside and outside the columns of the Freedom Towers provide a spectacular illumination at night. The remarkable monuments caught the eyes of the judges. Judges cited the use of light, form, and special relationships that serve to create a landmark most observers could never forget.