For the 17th consecutive year, the Tilt-Up Association (TCA), Mt. Vernon, Iowa, is announcing the recipients of the 2008 Tilt-Up Achievement Awards.

The projects, reviewed by a panel of 13 judges, represent a combination of TCA membership categories, educational institutions, publishing, and industry management. Although submittals were judged on aesthetic expression, schedule, size, originality, finishes, and special conditions, 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. To qualify for consideration, projects must be submitted by a TCA member.

Projects were aligned into categories and subcategories including Manufacturing/Industrial, Corporate Headquarters Complex, Warehouse/Distribution (Small Business/Distribution, Speculative), Retail (Lifestyle centers—Walking Malls, Single Occupant, and "Big Box"), Office (One-Two Story, Three Stories and Higher, and Technology Centers), Spiritual Buildings, Educational (K-12 and Higher Education), Institutional (Detention/Correction, Low-Rise, Parking Garage, and Service Facilities such as Hospitals and Care Centers), Commercial (Hotels, Golf Clubs, Recreation, Theaters, etc.), Housing, Special Projects, and Innovative Application Techniques.

This year, the panel of judges recognized a total of 41 award recipients of the 100 entries submitted and selected three projects from across all categories to receive the exclusive title, Excellence in Achievement.

The Winners

Ave Maria University Oratory

A 24,000-square-foot spiritual building in Ave Maria Towne, Fla. Project submitted by Woodland Construction Co., Jupiter, Fla.

To create an oratory building on the campus of Ave Maria University that would not only provide an anchor between the college and the town, but also lend an Italian architectural air, the university looked to the versatility and durability of tilt-up. The complicated structure that features cast recesses and integral returns, required two years of planning, including preliminary panel designs and constructability studies, prior to construction. Panels were designed with a 5-foot-radius return wall and then welded to a steel frame that rose more than 100 feet above the finished floor. A 300-ton crane was used to handle the large and heavy panels.

Once panel construction was complete, an Italian stone block finish applied to the exterior matched the surrounding buildings. The completed oratory seats 1110 people and is the centerpiece of both Ave Maria University and the surrounding town.

Henry Medical Center Parking Deck

A 205,000-square-foot parking garage in Stockbridge, Ga. Project submitted by Nawkaw Corp., Watkinsville, Ga.

Although the owner had never worked with tilt-up before, a tight construction schedule and the need to maintain access for emergency vehicles and the public led to the selection of the method for a parking deck as part of a larger expansion to the Henry Medical Center in Stockbridge, Ga.

Custom-blended color applied to the clay brick pavers helped unite the new construction with the hospital's existing brick. When finished the 463-space parking structure created a cohesive medical campus without ever disrupting public access to parking.

Saint Louis University Walk

A 9500-square-foot special project in St. Louis, Mo. Project submitted by Concrete Strategies, St. Louis, Mo.

Originally designed as a cast-in-place structure, the 550-foot walkway connecting Saint Louis University's new Edward A. Doisy Research Center with the campus's other medical facilities was converted to tilt-up to save time and money, while making gains in safety and quality.

A special rigging system to lift the panels flat from the casting bed was created to handle the unique aspects of this project. The finished walkway, featuring interior and exterior radius reveals, complemented the existing buildings while making a bold statement.

In addition to the top three projects, 38 other projects were selected for 2008 Tilt-Up Achievement Awards. For more information on all of the award winners, go to