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Leroy Caldwell Featured in “The Structural Engineer Newsletter”

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Leroy Caldwell, P.E. (22) has been with CMC Construction Services since July 2009 and recently had an article published in The Structural Engineer Newsletter. His article identified the challenges faced by tilt-up construction engineers and crews with newer “flag shaped” panels and how to successfully manage the process.

Leroy is a graduate of The University of Texas at Arlington and was with Dayton Superior for 28 years before joining us. He is highly esteemed among his colleagues for his work ethic, knowledge, field experience, and his sense of humor.

We would like to congratulate Leroy on this accomplishment and thank his for all of his hard work. If you would like to read Leroy’s featured article click here.

2013 TCA Convention

2013 TCA Convention

The TCA Annual Convention is THE premier gathering of the global tilt-up industry. This year’s event is packed with outstanding education that you are sure to find inspirational and incredibly valuable. The opportunities to improve your product are abundant at convention. Whether it is receiving feedback on a new adhesive, learning a new foundation detail, discovering efficient methods for troubleshooting cracks or saving money on rebar caps by ordering your steel with a hook, your work WILL improve as a direct result of your participation.

Hope to see you Monday!

iFly Indoor Skydiving Landing in Frisco

I Fly - TAS

Frisco, TX

Opening in late 2013 Frisco is set to land an iFLY Indoor Skydiving facility. When complete this 8,500-square foot facility will feature a 14-foot diameter vertical wind tunnel capable of speeds over 170 mph.

Russell Frank (24) is working with Haskell Construction and TAS Dallas to provide lifting inserts and brace rental along with Silcoseal 2000F Bondbreaker, Mega Shore shoring, and Thermafoam EPS for Block Outs. Engineering services were provided by the group in Dallas.

A special thanks to Russell Frank (24) for the information and pictures for this story.

Kelsey-Sebold Houston Administration Expansion

Pearland, Texas

Pearland, Texas

The new 170,000 sq. ft Kelsey-Sebold administration complex in Pearland, Texas is set to open in August 2013. When complete, this $21 million project will house 600 full time employees. The complex will become a central location to support Kelsey-Sebold’s physicians and clinics throughout the Houston area.

Bill Plouse rented Symons Steel Ply for the tunnel system and the complete tilt-up package including engineering, inserts and braces for the building. Gamma Construction also purchased vapor barrier, redwood expansion joints and lumber for the panels.

Thank you to Bill Plouse for your hard work and the information on this project.

Wheatland Towne Crossing

Dallas, Texas

Spring Valley Construction is expanding the Wheatland Towne Crossing shopping area with nine (9) additional buildings. The shopping area will include: PetsMart, Office Depot, Dollar Tree, Party City and 4 additional retail shells. The CMC Construction Services Engineering Department in Dallas was given the 220-panel job on July 11, 2011 and was able to step up to the challenge of completing the first “for approval” drawings in four (4) working days.

This job allowed our Dallas location to demonstrate services outside of the typical consumables such as liquid color, stamp designs, tube cutting, in the field panel layouts and engineering’s ability to design projects with minimal use of strong-backs.

A special thanks to James Caldwell (22) for his above and beyond attention and hard work on this project.

The American Institute of Architects 2011 Conference

New Orleans, Louisiana

On May 12-14, the AIA hosted its national convention in New Orleans, Louisiana.  Commercial Metals participated with a booth that represented CMC divisions from throughout the company.  Jimmie Ballard, National Tilt-Up Product Manager, represented CRP and educated architects & engineers about the benefits of CMC’s tilt-up products and services.

The (3) day event brought in the top design professionals and more than 800 exhibitors from around the country.  Along with the expo there were 200+ planned program offerings, including pre-convention workshops, theme presentations and continuing education learning units (CEUs).  AIA is the leading professional membership association for licensed architects, emerging professions and allied partners and has nearly 300 state and local chapters.

SC Electric and Gas Operations Building

Charleston, South Carolina

Branch 82 in Charleston, South Carolina is working with Citadel Contractors on the SC Electric and Gas Operations Building, a new tilt-up construction project in Charleston. Donald Jackson (80) and Kyle Weeks (82) aka “The Dynamic Duo” worked with Jason Swagert (VP), Ted Powell (PM) and Superintendent Glen Griffith to provide the total package of construction products and services on this project.

Products include:

Thanks to Jim, Charlie, Robbie, Matthew, Ryan and Gene for making it happen each day!

2010 TCA Convention

Each year the Tilt-Up Concrete Assocation (TCA) holds its annual convention for tilt-up professionals to share ideas and learn new methods on how to grow their business. This year’s convention was held in Irvine, California and the theme was “Building for Disaster Protection”.

Jimmie Ballard, National Tilt-Up Product Manager and current TCA President said, “we were very pleased with the attendance at this year’s TCA Convention. While there were fewer exhibitors at this event there were significantly more attendees compared to last year’s convention. I think the program that was put together for this convention, as well as the quality of speakers, brought in a better audience than anticipated.”

During the convention, the 2010 TCA Achievement Award Winner’s were announced. View the video below to see all of this year’s winning projects.

CMC Construction Services Receives Five Tilt-Up Achievement Awards from the Tilt-Up Concrete Association

02.04.2010 – HOUSTON, TEXAS (Feb. 4, 2010) CMC Construction Services (CMC), a long time member and participant in the Tilt-Up Construction Association (TCA), was the recipient of five Tilt-Up Achievement Awards announced at the 2010 World of Concrete convention. The awards were in several different categories, including Office, Education, Warehouse and Manufacturing/Industrial Tilt-Up Construction.

Projects were reviewed by a panel of 15 judges representing all aspects of the TCA membership association (education, management and publishing). The buildings were judged on aesthetic expression, schedule, size, originality, finishes and special conditions, as well as the buildings ability to attract and hold the interest of architects and building owners.

In the Office Building category The Spaw Glass Construction Corporate Headquarters in Houston, Texas was chosen. This tilt-up building was the first LEED certified building in Houston. The SpawGlass Construction Corporate Headquarters building is a 20,000-square-foot corporate facility built to achieve efficiency and was completed in seven months.

The Osprey Fountains Residential Hall located in Jacksonville, Florida was recognized in the education building category. The building was constructed at the University of North Florida and is a 1,000 student residential facility is complete with 20 resident assistant rooms, four guest apartments, two area coordinator apartments, laundry facilities, lounges and study areas.

CMC was a part of two buildings recognized in the warehouse category, The Keegan Center and The Office Pavilion, both located in Houston, Texas.

The Keegan building was built by the End Hunger Network and is now part of the Houston Food Bank – the largest source of free and low-cost food for hungry people in 18 southeast Texas counties. On the side of the building facing I-45, the words ‘End Hunger’ are cast in red corrugated sheet metal, and the exterior of the building is painted to resemble a plaid tablecloth, which creates a unique fun appearance for all those who pass by.

The Office Pavilion was constructed to function as a showroom for Office Pavilion products. Along the length of the front facade, horizontal red sunshades help define the entry into the building. Theses sunshades are not only integrated with the exterior of the building but continue into the interior as a exhibition space for Office Pavilion products.

Advance Polybag, Inc. in Sugarland, Texas was awarded the Tilt-Up Achievement Award in the manufacturing/industrial category. This 165,000 square-foot building includes office space, manufacturing and warehouse space for a manufacturer of plastic bags.

About TCA
TCA was founded in 1986 to improve the quality and acceptance of site cast Tilt-Up construction, a construction method in which concrete wall panels are cast on-site and tilted into place. Tilt-Up construction is one of the fastest growing industries, combining the advantages of reasonable cost with low maintenance, durability, speed of construction and minimal capital investment. For more information about the TCA, visit or contact TCA headquarters at 319-895-6911 or

North Weslaco Wastewater Treatment Plant


Weslaco, Texas

L & G Concrete ,, is a major concrete sub-contractor in South Texas and a longtime CMC Construction Services customer. Their primary area of construction has been commercial paving and tilt-up construction. L&G also provides engineering services and concrete pumping services.

With the downturn in the tilt-up market, L & G has had to re-invent itself and is looking for new market segments to gain business. The first of such project is the North Weslaco Wastewater Treatment Plant in Weslaco, TX.

Ryan VonGlahn (77) provided L & G with the drawings for the treatment plant.  Ben Pratt (02) rented Meva Imperial for the aeration basins, Symons Flex-Form at the clarifier and Hi-Load shoring to support the headworks structure. These are all new systems to L&G crew, but with hands on training, they are well on their way to successfully completing the job.  Adding these systems and the knowledge of how to use them will allow the company to expand its line of equipment and projects.

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