Each year, TCA honors five individuals or companies with professional achievement awards at the annual meeting that is held in conjunction with the World of Concrete. Below are the award recipients for 2013, selected by the Association's Board of Directors after nomination by the general membership and recommendation by the TCA’s Awards Committee.
- Preston Haskell, of Haskell for the Peter Courtois Memorial Award
- Alliance Architects, Inc. for the Irving Gill Distinguished Architect Award
- Thermomass for the Robert Aiken Innovation Award
- Roger Meyer of Summit Concrete for the Murray Parker Memorial Award
- Joe Steinbicker of Steinbicker & Associates, Inc. for the David L. Kelly Engineering Award
Below are brief descriptions of the five professional TCA awards:
Peter Courtois Memorial Award
This award honors Peter Courtois, who died in 1992 after serving as senior vice president of engineering for Dayton-Richmond Concrete Accessories (formerly Dayton-Superior Corporation). Courtois immeasurably contributed to the Tilt-Up industry and he served as the initial president of TCA.
Murray Parker Memorial Award
Named in honor of Murray Parker who died in 2000, this award was created to recognize a contractor who has significantly contributed to the Tilt-Up industry. Parker is credited with introducing Tilt-Up to an area of the world where many thought it was impossible to use the medium.
Robert Aiken Memorial Award
Honoring the achievements of Robert Aiken -- one of the founding fathers of site-cast Tilt-Up construction, the TCA created the Robert Aiken Innovation Award. Known for his inventive spirit that initiated a more architectural direction for Tilt-Up, Aiken is credited with the concept of casting the panels face-up to provide a medium for developing craftsmanship in the Tilt-Up construction method. This award honors those whose individual creativity has led to the advancement of the Tilt-Up industry.
Irving Gill Distinguished Architect Award
The TCA’s Distinguished Architect Award was renamed in 2008 to honor Irving J. Gill. Early in the history of concrete construction, Gill—a prominent architect in Southern California—designed and constructed a house in Hollywood employing Aiken’s method for Tilt-Up in 1912. Without the architectural mindset of Gill, the industry may very well have taken a much slower time to rise to its current dominance.
David L. Kelly Distinguished Engineer Award
The TCA's Distinguished Engineer Award was renamed in 2008 to honor the career-long commitment by Dave Kelly of Meadow Burke to the Tilt-Up industry. As past president, board member and inspirational mind of the Tilt-Up industry; the TCA hereby honors his contributions with this annual engineering award program so the Tilt-Up industry will know of his dedication for years to come. This award recognizes members of the Tilt-Up industry who are committed to pursuing engineering excellence and advancing the industry.