November, 2011—Columbia, MD—In recognition of their superior work in Tilt-Up concrete construction, Costello Construction has received the 2012 TCA Tilt-Up Achievement Award – Municipal Division for The National Museum of Health and Medicine project.
Located in Silver Spring, Md., the Museum is one of the first blast resistant Tilt-Up buildings in the United States. The sculptural 20,000 square-foot structure is innovatively framed using a combination of cast-in-place, Tilt-Up concrete walls and structural steel.
Completed in June of 2011, The National Museum of Health and Medicine is home to thousands of national, highly sensitive, one-of-a-kind artifacts which are irreplaceable. In order to preserve these artifacts, humidity levels inside the Museum must remain very high, creating construction concerns that required insightful solutions, such as the site-cast concrete spandral panels and the use of Tilt-Up concrete to provide a substrate with minimal penetrations.
“At the end of the day, the use of Tilt-Up construction took this project from being virtually unbuildable to reality,” said David Costello, owner and president of Costello Construction. “The innovative use of Tilt-Up on the National Museum of Health and Medicine is a testimony to the versatility of Tilt-Up construction.”
In order to ensure quality control and complete the project on time and under budget, Costello Construction self-performed the excavation, site/building concrete, setting of Tilt-Up and hung concrete spandral panels, site utilities, building layout/survey and some carpentry.
For 21 years, the TCA has honored those organizations, people and projects that have successfully illustrated the variety, beauty and flexibility of Tilt-Up construction. The 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.