Alfred State Architectural Students Win the Storm Housing 2008 TCA/PCA National Design Competition

The junior class of architectural technology students at Alfred State College participated and placed first in a National Design Competition sponsored by the Tilt-Up Concrete Association and the Portland Cement Association.

Jamie Woods, John Velo, and ASC Professor Richard CarloOf the 23 entries submitted by Alfred State architectural students, the following were recognized: First Place: John Velo, Rochester, and Jamie Woods, Canisteo (winning citation read:  "The judges found your design to have the highest architectural value and one of the most reflective of the intent of the competition"); Third Place: Carlos Colon, Cicero (citation read: "The judges found your design to be a quality architectural solution that expressed an interesting understanding of the Tilt-Up process and a creative way to establish an out-of-the-box design proposal.").

Honorable mentions included ASC students: Dominic Bisone, Tonawanda, and Michael Maglic, Parma, OH; Christopher Kolasa, Eden, and Lindsay Montondo, Corning; Minica DiBella, Endwell; and Taylor Brady, Greenwood Lake.

David Carli and Carlos ColonThis competition challenges entrants to creatively solve the problem of producing a fire-resistant, custom, single-family residence for a model home in one of the most severely affected areas in California, the Santa Ana region. Current rebuilding efforts demonstrate that left to the existing knowledge base, these homes will be reconstructed using the same combustible materials and little, if any, systems to limit or prevent future damage from repeating firestorms.

Students in the field of architecture, currently enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate program, were invited to present conceptual designs for firestorm-resistant housing using site-cast concrete panels known as "Tilt-Up" for their shell components. The projects were both honored and displayed at the Tilt-Up Concrete Association Convention in Phoenix, AZ, and will be published in an issue of Tilt-Up Today magazine.

The following design conditions were required: site development should be considered for view, orientation, and access; homes must incorporate a minimum of two bedrooms, two-and-one-half bathrooms, kitchen with or without integrated dining, living space, two-car garage; and the structural integration of Tilt-Up concrete in whole or in part should be detailed; designs can investigate both form and finish for Tilt-Up construction.

ASC students received honorable mentions.Students were required to submit a one-page narrative which explained both the process rationale and the design solution.  Additional submission components included a 30-in x 30-in board or PDF which graphically embodied the design solution, including conceptual site plan, unit floor plan, elevations/sections/details; sketches or 3-d views; diagrams or other information to explain solution; and brief bullet-point descriptions.

A panel of judges reviewed the entries for the creative use of the design concept in overall solution; application of the Tilt-Up construction method; and appropriateness of response in the context. Announcement of the competition winners was made at the TCA Annual Convention in Phoenix, AZ.

Prize packages included cash to students and sponsoring departments as well as one free registration ($750 value) to the 2009 TCA Convention and a $500 travel allowance.

Student cash awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd were $1,500, $1,000, and $500 respectively. Cash awards to sponsoring departments (where applicable) for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd were also $1,500, $1,000, and $500 respectively.

ASC students received honorable mentions.Prize winners, honorable mentions, and any additional projects deemed deserving of recognition by the jury will be published in an issue of Tilt-Up Today.  Sponsoring departments will receive a complimentary copy of the TCA resource library consisting of one The Architecture of Tilt-Up and one 6th Edition Tilt-Up Construction and Engineering Manual.

The Tilt-Up Concrete Association (TCA) is a non-profit international organization that serves to expand and improve the use of Tilt-Up as the preferred construction method.

Tilt-Up concrete is one of the fastest growing construction techniques in the United States. It is a method by which building elements (typically, but not limited to, walls) are site-cast and set into final position with a crane. Over the last decade the sophistication and aesthetic quality of Tilt-Up buildings has risen dramatically. Tilt-Up panels can be formed into any shape, and can be very large, more than 30 ft. wide and several stories tall. Concrete has inherent durability, thermal mass properties, and fire resistance capabilities exceeding all other standard building materials. The creativity of architects and contractors is resulting in the application of this method to a wealth of new uses, new forms, and new building types.