Tilt-Up Project Honored for Natural Appeal

Many building owners want their projects to harmonize with their external environments. Sometimes that’s easier said than done.  For its new headquarters in Kemptville, Ontario, Grenville Mutual Insurance tapped into the architectural flexibility of tilt-up construction to ensure the building fit in with its natural surroundings. The owner’s vision was brought to life with a […]

Tilt-Up Reduces Total Cost of Building Ownership

Although the building industry tends to focus heavily on initial costs of construction, those costs actually become insignificant in the grand scheme of long-term building ownership. Studies conducted by national research organizations have proven that the initial capital cost is only 10-15% of the total cost of building ownership. Energy, maintenance and alterations each have […]

Light Cycling: Making Glow-in-the-Dark Sophisticated

As a kid, playing with glow-in-the-dark toys was far from sophisticated.  The “magic” of seeing something transform in the dark was surprising and unexplainable. Today, the same concept is being applied to concrete to create unique and sustainable architectural features. Companies in Germany and Australia are introducing new technologies that capture energy from the sun […]

Not Your Father’s Tilt-Up Office

When developers and tenants think of Class A office space, they envision high-end, state-of-the-art, architecturally attractive space. A generation ago, tilt-up construction would not be in the conversation for such a project. Today, tilt-up is delivering these spaces faster, better and cheaper than competing construction methods. Riverside Five, a Class A office space in Frederick, […]

Tilt-Up Innovation Showcased in CON/STEEL Building of the Year Competition

Tilt-up construction has been used throughout the United States for nearly a century, but every year contractors push the envelope of what can be built with tilt-up. The 2013 CON/STEEL Building of the Year competition showcases tilt-up innovation, marketplace diversity and architectural versatility. Two winners were selected from this year’s finalists: Architectural Achievement – Grenville […]

Charter school opens on time with designer-led design-build

When land negotiations for a new charter school were delayed more than three months, opening in time for the new academic year seemed virtually impossible. But, one solution made the impossible a reality. LJB offered a designer-led design-build delivery method to Ryan Companies, the developer and construction manager for the project.  The agreement promised delivery […]

Tilt-up Provides “Affordable Elegance” for Outpatient Facilities

In recent years, outpatient facility construction has grown significantly and isn’t showing any signs of slowing down. A recent article in Building Design + Construction, “5 Radical Trends in Outpatient Facility Design,” takes a closer look at the changing dynamic of building for the healthcare market. Delivering “affordable elegance” is one trend that I was […]

Building Protection from Severe Weather

At the beginning of this week, FEMA and NOAA launched the second annual National Severe Weather Preparedness Week.  With Superstorm Sandy, the Joplin, Missouri, tornado, and other weather events fresh in everyone’s minds, FEMA is encouraging families and communities to develop emergency plans and put together emergency supply kits.  But, how much thought do we […]

Matt Bell Named to TCA Board of Directors

Congratulations to Matt Bell for his election to the Tilt-Up Concrete Association’s (TCA) Board of Directors. Matt joins 14 other design and construction professionals serving on the board. This announcement was made today at the TCA Annual Meeting during World of Concrete. Matt was nominated for the board by the TCA’s Executive Committee, in part […]

One of Tilt-Up’s Finest Earns Industry Honor

Congratulations to Shawn Hickey of SiteCast Construction, a long-time partner of LJB as well as a personal friend of mine.  Shawn was recently named one of the five most influential people in the concrete industry for 2013 by Concrete Construction magazine. One of the things that has always set Shawn apart is his innovative spirit […]