Tilt-up construction is often perceived as only the best solution for large warehouse buildings. But, this year’s CON/STEEL Building of the Year winners and finalists show that tilt-up construction can be used for nearly every facility type. The 2011 CON/STEEL Building of the Year finalists include schools, office buildings, manufacturing facilities, federal installations, medical buildings, technology complexes and restaurants all built with tilt-up concrete wall panels.

Two winners were selected in this year’s competition. The National Cancer Institute’s Advanced Technology Research Facility, constructed by Morgan-Keller, Inc. of Frederick, Md., was selected for Architectural Appeal. Marine Corps Support Facility was constructed by Woodward Design+Build of New Orleans, La. and was selected for Technical Innovation. CON/STEEL Building of the Year winners and finalists are featured on the CON/STEEL Tilt-Up Systems YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/user/CONSTEELtiltup. Below are brief overviews of the winning projects.

The National Cancer Institute’s Advanced Technology Research Facility is three-story, 332,000-square-foot building houses a development and manufacturing facility, research and development laboratories, administrative offices and an advanced computing center. The project was built using tilt-up concrete construction enabling the team to meet the tight schedule and save the owner $1.4 million. The expansive windows and metal paneling provide a crisp counterpoint to the concrete panels. The three wings of the building were arranged to optimize scenic views and natural light.

Marine Corps Support Facility serves as the national headquarters for the Marine Forces Reserve. The secure installation includes a 417,000-square-foot four-story main building, two-story band annex and detached warehouse. More than 190 panels were poured including panels as tall as 72 feet high and weighing more than 130,000 pounds. Progressive collapse avoidance requirements and other federal design criteria were met with tilt-up wall panels. Textured paint, intricate rustication patterns and cast-in thin brick accent this massive structure. Tilt-up construction saved the owner $2 million and accelerated the schedule by three months.

The winners were selected from 12 Building of the Year finalists by CON/STEEL Alliance members.

Other finalists include:

  • 48ROCK (Lincoln, Neb.) – Ayars & Ayars, Inc.
  • ATK (Beavercreek, Ohio) – MV Commercial Construction
  • Canadian Bank Note (Ottawa, Ontario) – SiteCast Construction Corp.
  • Donnewald Distributing Headquarters and Distribution Center (Greenville, Ill.) – The Korte Company
  • Dresser Rand Olean Technology Complex (Olean, N.Y.) – Welliver
  • Mosaic Florida Operations Center (Lithia, Fla.) – Sunshine Structures, Inc.
  • Northern Ohio Medical Specialists (Sandusky, Ohio) – Star Inc.
  • Olathe Junior High No. 9 (Olathe, Kan.) – Meyer Brothers Building Company
  • SRI at Rockingham Center (Rockingham County, Va.) – Nielsen Builders
  • The Spot/Spirits Unlimited (Point Beach Pleasant, N.J.) – Bedrock Concrete Corp.

For more information about the finalists, go to www.youtube.com/CONSTEELtiltup.