Concrete Industry Affiliations + Awards

2008 Tilt-Up Achievement Award Winner!

Innovative Brick was proud to receive seven TCA awards at this year’s World Of Concrete Show in Las Vegas. We are fortunate recipients of these awards for projects that were all well designed, planned and constructed using the Innovative liner and Mbrick system to clad the exterior walls. Read below to learn how our Team contributed to the overall success with these achievement awards.

Brick Wall Panels used in retail construction

Maple Lawn Retail #1 and #2


2008 Tilt-Up Achievement Award Winner :: Retail Division
Submitted by Chesapeake Contracting Group, Inc. of Reisterstown, Maryland

The owner of this project wanted a retail development that would resemble an old-fashioned main street, but there was a catch: The one-story building needed to look like two stories. Using Tilt-Up allowed the large walls necessary for such a project to be raised economically, and also provided the architectural capabilities needed to achieve the main street aesthetic.

To deal with elevation changes, Chesapeake Contracting Group designed the panels to have different heights that would match the exterior grade. Because of site restrictions, the panels were cast in stacks four to six panels high, and thickened panel legs allowed for moment connections.

In keeping with the old-fashioned look, the buildings’ exteriors feature EIFS cornices and moldings, cast-in reveals and multiple brick veneers. Tilt-Up panels also were used to create an octagonal tower feature.

This retail development stands at the entrance to Maple Lawn, a 1,000-acre mixed-use community in the Baltimore/Washington area that also features 600 homes and 1.5 million square feet of office space.

Project Notes

Tallest Panel
35'-7"
Largest Panel
410 sq ft
Heaviest Panel
48,000 lbs

Participating TCA Members

Chesapeake Contracting Group, Inc.
Role: General Contractor
Precision Concrete Construction Co.
Role: Tilt-Up Contractor
Morabito Consultants, Inc.
Role: Project Engineer
Meadow Burke Products
Products: Lifting Hardware
Nox-Crete Products Group
Products: Bond Breaker, Form Release
Textured Coatings of America
Products: Paint
Innovative Brick Systems, LLC
Products: Cast-In Material

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American LaFrance Office and Warehouse Facility

2008 Tilt-Up Achievement Award Winner :: Corporate Headquarters Division
Submitted by Seretta Construction Mid-Atlantic, LLC

In celebration of its 175th anniversary, emergency vehicle manufacturer American LaFrance wanted a corporate office complex that would pay homage to its past, while equipping it for the future. They selected a Tilt-Up design with a vintage firehouse aesthetic, and chose Seretta Construction Mid-Atlantic, to construct the 59,110-square-foot office building and 449,850-square-foot warehouse.

The office building is highlighted by two 51-foot-tall brick inlay panels, connected by two spandrel panels at the top and eight accent panels at the base. The brick motif continues on the interior with exposed Tilt-Up panels featuring arched reveals and brick inlay. To create the wood radius reveals, Seretta’s drafting team created CAD drawings of the reveals, which were then milled to perfection.

Leading to the building’s retail space, Seretta poured an old-style city sidewalk inside the building that features hand-tooled joints and an integral curb. In total, the project is comprised of 141 panels, using more than 18,000 cubic yards of concrete and was completed on schedule in 150 days despite many inclement weather delays.

American LaFrance Office and Warehouse recently was the recipient of an Award of Merit from the Association of Builders and Contractors of The Carolinas for their 2007 Excellence in Construction Awards program.

Project Notes

Tallest Panel
51'-1"
Largest Panel
1,432 sq ft
Heaviest Panel
143,200 lbs

Participating TCA Members

Seretta Construction Mid-Atlantic, LLC
Role: Tilt-Up Contractor
Merriman Schmitt Architecture
Role: Architect
Dayton Superior Corporation
Products: Lifting Hardware, Braces, Bond Breaker
Innovative Brick Systems, LLC
Products: Cast-In Material
Greenstreak Group
Products: Tilt Up Accessories

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Petra, Inc.

2008 Tilt-Up Achievement Award Winner :: Office Division
Submitted by Petra Incorporated of Meridian, Idaho

When it came time for Petra Inc., a general contractor with more than 24 years of experience using self-performed Tilt-Up construction, to build its new corporate headquarters, the contractor put its experience to the test to create a one-of-a-kind Tilt-Up structure.

To entice potential clients with the possibilities of Tilt-Up, Petra designed a structure with maximum curb appeal, including an exterior brick veneer and dramatic cutouts at the tops of the exterior panels. To create the perfect imitation of brick, Petra constructed several test panels and paid special attention to detail when installing the brick veneer and insulation. Inside, the roof and a 20-by-20-foot skylight are supported by Tilt-Up beams (etched with the images of local mountain ranges), which were lifted into place with the help of two cranes.

Numerous floor-to-ceiling windows, featuring high-performance glass, flood the building with natural light and provide a pleasant working environment.

A showcase of innovative Tilt-Up techniques, Petra’s corporate headquarters provides its clients with a living testament to the possibilities of Tilt-Up construction.

Project Notes

Tallest Panel
41'-9"
Largest Panel
1,131 sq ft
Heaviest Panel
102,300 lbs

Participating TCA Members

Petra Incorporated
Role: General Contractor, Tilt-Up Contractor
Pinnacle Engineers
Role: Project Engineer
Meadow Burke Products
Products: Lifting Hardware, Braces, Bond Breaker, Form Release
Innovative Brick System, LLC
Role: Cast-in-Place Materials
Benjamin Moore and Company
Role: Paint

new school construction

Wiley Middle School

2008 Tilt-Up Achievement Award Winner :: Educational Division
Submitted by American Constructors, LP of Austin, Texas

The Leander Independent School District needed to maintain a fast-track schedule to adhere to budget constraints and open an energy efficient, durable facility for fall classes. The district and design team also desired an aesthetic effect that would match the current buildings of the University of Texas campus in Austin. This required blended colored brick and a recessed Flemish brick band. Much to the satisfaction of the entire team and community, the 176,000-square-foot school opened in August 2006.

The school district used the cost-effective Tilt-Up method because of its structural integrity, improved wind and fire resistance and mold elimination. The Tilt-Up elements used include spandrel panels, false beams, flat panel base and corners, and quoined pillars. Several innovative methods were applied using Tilt-Up. The three-story interior corridor walls created bearing for the second floor, mechanical platforms and the roof structure. A stepped panel corner detail mutes the impact of the caulked corner joint and provides for continuity of the insulation around each corner.

Care was required in the coordination of bracing for the parallel corridor walls, the fire walls and the elevator shaft walls. Some slabs were used three times for casting the three-story corridor side, the two-story corridor side and the exterior insulated panels. Cranes were also used on the slabs to facilitate panel erection.

Because no paint could be used for the exterior of the building, a special concrete mix was used for the exterior panels that included a mixture of special white sand, washed river sand and limestone aggregate.

Sandblasting was key to the visual outcome of the project. When sandblasted, the special concrete created a soft tan color. This project was completed below median cost and also below the average of the lowest-cost quarter of all tracked middle schools in the area.

Project Notes

Tallest Panel
44'-21⁄4"
Largest Panel
1,065 sq ft
Heaviest Panel
94,665 lbs

Participating TCA Members

American Constructors, LP
Role: General Contractor, Tilt-Up Contractor
Fields & Associates Architects, Inc.
Role: Tilt-Up Contractor
Pickett, Kelm & Associates
Role: Project Engineer
Dayton Superior Corporation
Products: Lifting Hardware, Braces
Innovative Brick Systems, LLC
Products: Cast-In Material
Composite Technologies Corporation
Products: Insulation System
CMC Construction Services
Products: Tilt-Up Accessories

church construction project

Community Bible Church of Beaufort

2008 Tilt-Up Achievement Award Winner :: Spiritual Buildings Division
Submitted by Citadel Contractors Inc. of Wando, South Carolina

The unique geophysical conditions in Beaufort, SC, played a crucial role in the Tilt-Up design of the Community Bible Church. Not only did the structure have to be able to resist seismic activity and hurricane-force winds (a major factor in the selection of Tilt-Up), but also the building site’s location over a 30-foot-deep marsh required Citadel Contractors to create a foundation that incorporated 380 wood piles. The crew also had to work around existing live oak trees, and all designs were subject to review by an architectural board.

By incorporating details such as thin-set brick, light gold paint, a standing-seam copper roof and a porte-cochere constructed from Tilt-Up spandrel panels atop cast-in-place columns, the contractor was able to pass architectural muster.

The building’s large assembly space posed construction challenges on a tight site—74,000 square feet of panels had to be cast on a 48,200-square-foot floor slab with two different elevations, and the 80-foot steeple, which isn’t directly supported by a foundation, required a steel-braced composite slab at 26 feet above the floor.

In the first six months after the building was completed, the church saw its attendance triple.

Project Notes

Tallest Panel
41'-6"
Largest Panel
834 sq ft
Heaviest Panel
110,670 lbs

Participating TCA Members

Citadel Contractors Inc.
Role: Tilt-Up Contractor
Meadow Burke Products
Products: Lifting Hardware, Braces
Nox-Crete Products Group
Products: Bond Breaker, Form Release
Innovative Brick Systems, LLC
Products: Cast-In Material

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Physicians Office Pavilion at WakeMed North Healthplex

2008 Tilt-Up Achievement Award Winner :: Institutional Division
Submitted by Citadel Contractors, Inc. of Apex, North Carolina

The decision to use Tilt-Up construction for an 80,000-square-foot office building at WakeMed North Healthplex was an easy one, as the owner was already well-versed in the benefits of the method. However, the surrounding hospital buildings had been constructed on steel frames with brick and EIFS façades, meaning that Citadel Contractors faced a challenge in matching the Tilt-Up structure to those around it.

To do this, the project’s architect conceived a design that includes a 14-foot retaining wall that supports three stories of curtain wall, taking advantage of Tilt-Up’s shear capabilities to overcome structural challenges. Thin brick was applied to the building’s façade to match the brick exteriors of the adjacent buildings.

A 20-foot retaining wall with an integral water feature further ties the new building into its surroundings, and demanded considerable precision and coordination from the contractor when connecting it to the existing hospital. Concrete benches were also added in the courtyard area, and the concrete on the retaining walls was left uncoated to allow its natural beauty to be displayed.

Project Notes

Tallest Panel
66'-9"
Largest Panel
1,939.8 sq ft
Heaviest Panel
145,050 lbs

Participating TCA Members

Citadel Contractors Inc.
Role: Tilt-Up Contractor
Brasfield & Gorrie, LLC
Role: General Contractor
Robert L. Hume, P.E.
Role: Project Engineer
Meadow Burke Products
Products: Lifting Hardware
Nox-Crete Products Group
Products: Bond Breaker, Form Release
White Cap Construction Supply
Products: Braces
Innovative Brick Systems, LLC
Products: Cast-In Material

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