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TCA Conference

Building a Tilt-Up Market

Several projects will be profiled and the methods he employs to market, sell, and deliver Tilt-Up including Building Information Modeling (BIM) and in-house engineering.

Francisco (Frank) Adames
Contratistas Civiles Y Mecanicos S.A.
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Site cast Tilt-Up Construction is relatively new to the Latin American market when compared with traditional construction methods. New ideas and concepts can be a difficult sell, in particular in the construction market. The seminar presented by Mr. Adames will address the hurdles that he overcame in the market, how he dealt with sceptics and old-fashioned idea and how he embraced the true value of Tilt-Up as a load bearing wall system to position his company as the leader in his market.

Several projects will be profiled and the methods he employs to market, sell, and deliver Tilt-Up including Building Information Modeling (BIM) and in-house engineering.

Biography

Mr. Adames is the president of Contratistas Civiles Y Mecanicos SA, a full service design and construction company founded in 1992 and headquartered in Santo Domingo.  CCM pioneered the use of Tilt-Up in the region and has expanded the uses and technology of the method, employing the Tilt-Up load-bearing walls to construct a wide variety of award winning Tilt-Up structures.  He is the recipient of several Tilt-Up Concrete Association Achievement Awards and has developed numerous important projects in the Dominican Republic and Latin America.

Adames received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Santo Domingo Technological Institute in 1981. The next three years was serving as Structural Engineer, designing low and medium rise building for commercial application.

Frank Adames has more than 30 years of experience designing and managing concrete and steel projects. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Dominican Republic since 1982. He became a member of ACI International and ACI Dominican Chapter, since 1987, serving in the ACI-551 and ACI-650 committees. He has been a member of the Tilt-Up Concrete Association (TCA) since 1995 and currently serves on the TCA Board of Directors. He is also a member of the Precast/Pre Stressed Concrete Institute (PCI), the American Welding Society (AWS) and the American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC).

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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