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ICFs Play Big Part in Energy-Efficient Schools' Design

Construction worker moving insulated concrete forms on a construction site.Construction using insulated concrete forms (ICFs) doesn’t instantly turn design and building projects “green” or “sustainable” all by themselves.

Joe Maty
Apr 25, 2018
Concrete: Guaranteed to Crack

concrete does crackConcrete is going to crack and contractors should be prepared to handle certain issues when they happen.

David Stephenson
Apr 16, 2018
Contractor Finds Cure for Vintage-Car Studio's Coatings Headache

Contractor finds cure for vintage-car studio's concrete coatings headacheAudiences in France loved the comedy of Jerry Lewis in his Hollywood heyday. Go figure. So, should it be a baffling head-scratcher to learn about a billionaire Italian jewelry and luxury goods magnate being smitten with vintage Buicks?

Joe Maty
Apr 28, 2018
The Lorenzo Los Angeles

Meditteranean themed decorative concreteDecorative concrete doesn’t come on a bigger scale than this. Developer Geoff Palmer has built more apartments in downtown Los Angeles than anyone else — more than 3,000 — all in the same faux-Italian style.

John Strieder
Jan 22, 2015
How to Color Concrete Sealer with Metallic Powder

Adding a concrete stain after a sealer has been applied will not affect the concrete. Removing a stencil after adding a concrete sealer.Adding a metallic color treatment to interior decorative concrete floors or cementitious overlays is a simple step and adds a very distinctive look with concrete stenciling applications.

Editors
Dec 1, 2005
Artisan in Concrete: Nolan Mayrhofer, Szolyd Development Corp.

Decorative Concrete by Nolan Mayrhofer

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Hot New Markets in Decorative Concrete

New markets in decorative concrete are open and ready for business.The best training and the best products mean nothing if we can't find projects to prove our talent, right? I'm not going to sugarcoat our plight - I have been peddling decorative concrete for nearly 20 years and have never seen as many challenges as the ones we face today. Having said that, my goal is to have the best year possible, and I'm going to let you in on a secret as to how this will be done.

Doug Carlton
May 9, 2011
Thinset Terrazzos Open More Doors for Terrazzo Use

Terrazzo floor can be highly intricate in its designs. Once place, the surface is ground down to reveal stunning designs like the fish and circles seen here.In indoor applications, terrazzo has a ground and polished surface that lends itself to creative design. The use of divider strips allows the material to be mixed in different colors and applied in a process similar to paint-by-number, so you can incorporate designs, logos, borders and just about anything.

Susan Brimo-Cox
Jun 5, 2004
Elegant California Concrete Home and Fireplace

Blue gray concrete sink with the edges ground down and polished to expose the aggregate within.At their showpiece house, the artisans at Flying Turtle Cast Concrete let their imaginations soar.

Christina Camara
Dec 18, 2008
A Makeover in a Mall Covers Outdated Tile

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Decorative Concrete Takes Center Stage in Westminster, Colo.

Decorative fountain in city center in Denver, ColoradoIn suburb located northwest of Denver a new park sits on 9 1/2 acres of open land across from its city hall. Built to give the community a gathering spot where children could play and families could stroll, take in art and view live performances.

Natasha Chilingerian
Aug 2, 2011
How This Company Fixed A Paste Cap Separating From Concrete

polished concrete floor with craze cracking

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Vertical Polished Concrete Condo Touted to be World's Largest

Florida's Miami Beach is a part of the country known for its high real estate prices, but the penthouse condominium sales price of $60 million for the Faena House Saxony Condo set a new high. Florida’s Miami Beach is a part of the country known for its high real estate prices, but the penthouse condominium sales price of $60 million for the Faena House Saxony Condo set a new high.

Vanessa Salvia
Sep 5, 2016
Salting your Concrete Slab 

Hand rollers for concrete to make the appearance of a rock salt finish.To get the look, Ralston scattered rock salt here and there on the fresh pour, along with drops of retardant. After washing away the salt and retardant the next day and attacking the concrete with an acid-water solution and a wire brush, his team had the aged, corroded effect they wanted.

Amy Johnson
Oct 8, 2010
New HEPA Certification and Hazardous Dust Regulations

Filters on vacuums can be the difference between good and really, really bad.Several pages into the Environmental Protection Agency's new Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule, there is a statement pertaining to the use of HEPA certified vacuums:

Editors
Nov 8, 2010
The New Trend Towards Green Concrete

Green was a hot topic at this year's World of Concrete show. It seemed that every exhibitor had some mention of green in their displays.Green was a hot topic at this year's World of Concrete show. It seemed that every exhibitor had some mention of green in their displays. In some cases this seemed to be little more than lip service, but in other cases, some very real steps are being taken towards greener concrete.

William D. Palmer Jr.
Mar 18, 2009
Concrete Forms and Form Liners for that Natural Look

Form liner textures from Symons enhance the appearance of concrete walls and columns. Hundreds of standard patterns, in four different materials, are available for specifi-cation to create appropriate and attractive architectural finishes.If you’re going to erect a long molded concrete wall, you’re going to be doing a lot of vertical pouring, and one of the most cost-effective ways to do that is with a decorative form liner.

Editors
Jan 25, 2006
Decorative Concrete in the Greater Indianapolis Area: Automobile Museum in Auburn Replaces Waxed Floor with Polished System

Dancer’s company, Dancer Concrete Design, offered another solution to waxing the scuffed-up floor in the events center — polished concrete.

Vanessa Salvia
Concrete Streetscapes in Carmel Improve Safety

In 2011, the city of Carmel, Indiana, revamped its major roadway, the Keystone Parkway, as part of a multiphase project to lower the grade under six major intersections. This created new interchanges and no traffic lights for north-south traffic over a five-mile stretch, while six new roundabouts managed east-west traffic.

Vanessa Salvia
Aug 6, 2015
JW Marriott Art Plaza Becomes A City Landmark

Catty-cornered northwest of the Indiana Convention Center, the JW Marriott Art Plaza has become a city landmark and a tribute to Hoosiers statewide since its grand unveiling in March 2010.

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