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2007 TCA Student Design Contest Results

Storm Resistant Housing

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The TCA/PCA Storm Housing 2007 competition sought to challenge entrants to creatively solve the problem of replacing large volumes of single-family housing for lower income levels in Biloxi, Miss. – one of the regions hardest hit by recent hurricanes along the Gulf Coast.

First Place: Putting the Pieces Together

This proposed solution carefully responds to both the tragic disaster which precipitated this project and the intrinsic nature of tilt-up concrete construction. The individual townhomes are articulated by overlapping, interlocking volumes of bold color, with each volume constructed of interlocking concrete panels. Through the tectonic expression of interlocking planes and volumes, the project quietly speaks to the role of each individual in the composition of a diverse, integrated community while figuratively enabling the members of the community to reassemble their lives.

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Second Place: Card House

This project attempts to address the housing problem caused by Hurricane Katrina by using Tilt-Up panels in combination with recycled steel frame walls, floor, and roof assemblies.

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Third Place: Biloxi House

The house stands on “stilts” to allow a safety buffer from storm surges while allowing the ground floor to be used for porch and garage area. Decorative “punched” openings in ground floor utilizes design freedom of tilt-up concrete while providing ventilation.

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Honorable Mention: Storm Resistant Housing

The use of additive and subtractive forms in design help form a more aesthetically pleasing home.  The incorporation of different material and hoe they are used also help soften the feel of a building.  Concrete is a very cold and rigid material that is usually used in commercial applications.

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Honorable Mention: Storm Resistant Housing

The roof is formed from concrete and the insulation of the roof will be located on the inside of the building. The Tilt-up walls will also have insulation located on the inside of the walls. This will make it so the insulation will be almost impossible to be blown away from the building during a storm since the concrete walls have a skin of protection over the insulated layer.

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Honorable Mention: Storm Resistant Housing

The large Tilt-Up pieces that form the corner only have three slim windows in them. This emphasizes the punch out look in tilt up walls. Tilt-Up is not typically used for residential housing. The misconception is that concrete is not a comfortable look for residential environments. I added several wooden elements that relate to the overall vertical look. These element help to bring a personal aspect to each unit while still using a strongly concrete base.

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Honorable Mention: Storm Resistant Housing

Due to the site, flood heights and flood rescue were a focus of the design. Building raised 12 feet in order to keep families’ valuables away from flood waters and provide a place for families to park their cars.

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Honorable Mention: Storm Resistant Housing

The lower levels are modeled from the Creole tradition of the deep front porch as a shading device and as a two-way proscenium for the community and its members. The upper level provides private retreat, above the street, above the mound, and above the tide. With the appended stairwell sealed at the slab, the upper level becomes a secure zone for essential supplies and belongings, as well as safe access to rescue.

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Honorable Mention: Storm Resistant Housing

This design, other than furniture, is made entirely out of metal, concrete, and ceramic. If flooding ever occurs again it would be very possible that the only necessary objects that would need to be replaced would be any broken glass and furniture. Since the walls are made out of such a permanent material house insurance bills will lower. Therefore building with more durable materials will not only save the home, it will also save money over time.

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Honorable Mention: Storm Resistant Housing

The basics of this design are to create a solid mass that will not be blown away. The roof was the major influence to provide a sleek curve to allow wind to travel above the home, rather than pick it up. The roof is precast concrete setting on the tilt up concrete walls to secure the home. Likewise; the roofs provide an overhang to shade windows in this warm sunny climate.

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Honorable Mention: Storm Resistant Housing

Four tilt-up pre-cast concrete panels perpendicular to the three parallel panels used for lateral support and to denote areas of public and private. Private areas would exist between and behind the walls for lateral support whereas the public areas would remain closest to the water on the south end of the house near the Gulf and the outdoor porch. Additional perpendicular walls can be added for more private space.

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Honorable Mention: Storm Resistant Housing

Each duplex house is 3,640 sq. ft., with two dwelling units. The design anticipates family activities in related to the outdoor space.

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About the TCA

Founded in 1986, the Tilt-Up Concrete Association (TCA) strives to improve the quality and acceptance of site-cast Tilt-Up construction, a method in which concrete wall panels are cast on-site and tilted into place. Tilt-Up construction is one of the fastest growing industries in the United States, combining the advantages of reasonable cost with low maintenance, durability, speed of construction and minimal capital investment. At least 10,000 buildings, enclosing more than 650 million square feet, are constructed each year using this construction method.

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