America's Car Museum Wins Building Design Award

Oct 29, 2012

ACM takes first place in Tilt-up Structures category at
2012 Excellence in Concrete Construction Awards


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TACOMA, Wash. (October 24, 2012) – LeMay – America’s Car Museum (ACM), the newly built, 165,000-square foot structure along I-5 in Tacoma, is already an award-winner. The museum received first place recognition in the ‘Tilt-up Structure’ category at the 2012 Excellence in Concrete Construction Awards banquet.

Tilt-up concrete construction secures panels in a slanted manner along a structure’s wall. Instead of being supported by a structural frame, tilt-up panels are put in beforehand and reinforced directly by the foundation.

“The class and character of ACM’s tilt-up concrete construction has created another memorable structure upon the city of Tacoma,” said Bruce Chattin, executive director of The Washington Aggregates and Concrete Association (WACA), the organization that presents the annual award.

Each year, WACA recognizes exceptional use of Ready Mix Concrete in structural and architectural design throughout Washington State. This year ACM was among 37 projects competing for awards in more than 10 categories.

“The award is a great accomplishment for a building not even a year old,” said Paul Miller, chief operating officer for ACM. “We truly appreciate all the architects, engineers and contractors who contributed to this spectacular, unique structure.”

The architectural projects competing for the award were judged on many different factors, including design elements, construction efficiency, incorporation of environment, unique solutions and complexity of elements and concrete. ACM’s first place award recognized Grant Price Architects Inc., Magnusson Klemencic Associates (engineers), JTM Construction (general contractors), SAK & Associates (concrete contractors) and CalPortland (Ready Mix supplier).

ABOUT America’s Car Museum (

State Farm Presents LeMay – America’s Car Museum, which opened on June 2, 2012 in downtown Tacoma, Wash., explores how the automobile has fulfilled a distinctive role at the core of the American experience and shaped our society. The spacious Museum with rotating exhibits is designed to be the centerpiece for automotive history as well as an educational center and library. The campus, located adjacent to the Tacoma Dome, also contains a 3.5-acre show field, theatre, café, banquet hall and meeting facilities. To become an ACM member, volunteer or make a donation, visit


Official Providers

State Farm Mutual Insurance Company Napa Auto Parts AAA Washington Titus Will Automotive, Inc.
Hagerty Insurance Arscentia, Inc. BMW Northwest Bardahl
BNY Mellon Wealth Management Coca - Cola Columbia Bank Flex-a-lite Consolidated
Getty Images, Seattle Griot's Garage Hedges Family Estate Hemmings
Inde MotorSport Ranch Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Michael Craft Photography Microsoft
Hotel Murano New York International Auto Show Olympic Eagle Distributing Pacific Raceways
Passport Transport Puyallup Tribe of Indians Charitable Trust Sameday Scratch and Dent Repair Seattle International Auto Show
SiteCrafting, Inc. Sports Car Market Magazine TriArc True Collection
U.S. Bank Washington Liftruck, Inc. Washington State Independent Auto Dealers Association

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