Understanding the benefits and becoming an active member are two ways of maximizing your return on investment.
The convergence of the historical changes in the economy with the exploration of allied industries techniques such as “transfer technologies”, prefabrication and “Digi-fab”, speaks to the need for architects to find ways to continue to pursue creative form making with economical methods of building. Indeed it is the challenge that contemporary practice will face for some time to come.
As the Tilt Up Concrete Association transforms from a trade based organization to a movement, architects must take advantage of its reminders that innovative ways of making and conceiving built form also come from within the traditions of construction technology itself.
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Powers Brown Architecture
Our participation in the TCA has re-awakened our sense of connection to Gill and Schindler, to the idea that innovation is not always connected to increased complexity and that the architectural potential of Tilt-Up construction is as of yet emerging territory. The TCA has been a gateway to that little something different all architects are looking for.
As a TCA member, your firm will have the opportunity to submit for, and receive, highly acclaimed Tilt-Up Achievement Awards, which will provide you with industry- and world-wide recognition. The TCA Achievement Awards program was established to honor projects that use site-cast Tilt-Up concrete to introduce new building types, advance industry technology and provide unique solutions to building programs. The winning entries illustrate the variety, beauty, and flexibility of the Tilt-Up construction concept, as well as Tilt-Up's unique ability to get the job done faster and for less money.
Additionally, each year the TCA selects a recipient of the Irving J. 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.
Becoming a TCA member means that your firm will gain exposure to potential clients through the TCA Membership Directory and the TCA website. When owners, developers, and contractors are looking for design services in the Tilt-Up industry they often consult our membership first. Our online member map application allows you to view a map for each state, province or country where TCA members are located. You can click on each member on the map to get more information, including their address, telephone number and website.
Members receive preferred pricing on our wide variety of educational and networking events throughout the year, like the TCA Annual Convention, Local and Regional Seminars, the TCA Annual Meeting (held each year during World of Concrete), and other valuable events. The TCA is an AIA Continuing Education Provider; therefore you are able to fulfill your continuing education requirements while not only advancing your knowledge, but also promoting your practice to potential clients.
As a TCA member, your firm receives preferred pricing on the Tilt-Up Construction and Engineering Manual, The Architecture of Tilt-Up and other industry leading publications, multimedia resources, and promotional materials. Additionally, your membership includes a subscription to Tilt-Up Today, the quarterly magazine of the Tilt-Up Concrete Association.
The Architecture of Tilt-Up
Now in its 2nd edition, The Architecture of Tilt-Up is the industry's premier resource for design professionals and and owners.
This inspirational book includes new techniques, rendered three-dimensional details, a new chapter on sustainability, and new evidence of great strides of innovation in the Tilt-Up industry.
Perhaps the most important benefit of your TCA membership is that it allows you to play an important role in advancing the industry. Your involvement can be as simple as giving us a call with an idea or submitting firm news for inclusion in our weekly TILT-Update and publication on our website. To get further involved, serve on one of the many committees of the TCA, speak at our events, submit articles for our publications, and initiate new charges. This is your organization; shape it to be what you need it to be.