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Wine Caves Built with Bridge System

In the heart of northern Michigan wine country near Traverse City, Mari Vineyards opened for business in May 2016.In the heart of northern Michigan wine country near Traverse City, Mari Vineyards opened for business in May 2016. The 31,000-square-foot facility was equipped with the usual amenities of a first-rate winery as well as an extensive underground barrel-aging area that has the qualities of a cave.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Oct 16, 2018
How to Use Sponges to Color Concrete

Applying an overlay to concrete with a rollerI’m not a fan of overlays unless they’re necessary, I continually compete against knockdown finish companies that prefer them. Most of my competition uses overlays on pool decks and patios no matter what. This gives me a unique spin to compete against them.

Rick Lobdell
Oct 16, 2018
Former Preschool Teacher Now Masters the Trowel

Carved concrete by Cindee LundinAbout 25 years ago, Cindee Lundin took a leave of absence from her job as a preschool teacher and enrolled at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota to work on her bachelor’s degree in early childhood education. She already had two associate degrees — one in art and the other in child development — but state laws were changing back then and she needed a more advanced degree to continue to teach in public schools.

Vanessa Salvia and Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Oct 16, 2018
Xtra-Flex Concrete Forms by Metal Forms Corp.

Xtra-Flex bendable concrete forming materialPeople who work with concrete know that creative forming is essential for a high-quality finished product. It can sometimes be the most arduous part of concrete work, especially when curves and circles are involved.

Jan 11, 2007
Map of Connecticut River Watershed Installed on Custom Concrete

Schulz and de Wit also installed deer and coyote tracks as a wayfinding system that runs from the classrooms to the bathroom in a realistic pattern that looks like the coyote is chasing the deer in concrete.When EnnisArt was contacted to install a map of the Connecticut River Watershed for the Hitchcock Center for the Environment in Amherst, Massachusetts, it was up for the challenge — specifically the Living Building Challenge. Based in Asheville, North Carolina, EnnisArt specializes in custom concrete flooring and concrete innovation, with a penchant toward artistic projects that maintain a green focus.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Oct 19, 2016
Which Concrete Countertop Casting Method is Best for the Job?

Casting concrete countertopsConcrete is a fantastic material with which to work and design. It is one of the few building materials we can create and control to suit our wants and needs. Mix design, reinforcing technique and casting method are interrelated and influence everything from performance, cost and ease of fabrication to aesthetics and transportability.

Jeffrey Girard
Jan 1, 2015
Young Professional Finds Success with Long Time Friend in Concrete

Stamped concrete patio with a square fire pit.When you’re 22 years old, it’s hard to seriously imagine that you could be one of the founders of your own business with some friends and succeed in doing it.

Jacqueline Valle
Oct 15, 2016
How to use Shotcrete to Create Artificial Rock

Concrete contractor spraying shotcrete on a hillside from a lift.Contractors are increasingly using shotcrete for making artificial rock. The equipment is expensive, but the results are spectacular.

Susan Brimo-Cox
Apr 23, 2006
Lafarge's decorative concrete products grace a new home in British Columbia

Two men with yellow bucket mixing concrete using a product from Lafarge.Tim Higginson is not just a decorative concrete sales manager, he's also an enthusiast incorporating many concrete design features both inside and outside of his home.

John Strieder
Nov 10, 2005
Applications and Techniques that Affect the Temperature of Concrete

What they may not know is how these applications and techniques affect the temperature of the concrete.Decorative concrete contractors know how to turn plain concrete into works of art using various applications and techniques. What they may not know is how these applications and techniques affect the temperature of the concrete.

Natasha Chilingerian
Jul 9, 2011
The Mission of the Concrete Polishing Association of America

The CPAA logo - Concrete Polishing Association of AmericaEach job brings a unique set of challenges to the polishing process. Understanding what concrete is, how it is placed, and the many variations that can take place from region to region are just a few of the crucial steps when specifying or contracting.

Brad Burns
Jul 18, 2010
A Leather-look Concrete Fireplace

Leather look fireplace reflecting lightTwelve feet high when stacked and installed, the black panels on either side of the center were poured against fabric. They look somewhat like roughened metal or steel.

Liz Schick
Sep 4, 2012
Transforming Poorly Polished Concrete Floors for Profit

How to update poorly polished concrete floors.All concrete polishers are aware of the many subpar polished floors out there that are giving polished concrete a bad name. I get several calls each week asking how to fix a bad floor, so I am sure that you are dealing with this as well.

Jennifer A. Faller
Mar 18, 2011
Applying Concrete Color Hardener as an Accent

Using concrete color hardener to create light and shade effects on a slab.Lee Levig of Concrete Works shows how applying color hardener to create light and shade effects on decorative concrete.

Lee Levig
Jan 19, 2007
Maintaining Decorative Concrete Garage Floors

Garage floor systems can be a challenge, but they are also very rewarding projects to complete because of their dramatic results.A garage floor is one heck of a challenging place for the beautiful artwork and skillful craftsmanship of a decorative concrete application. Hot tires, oil, battery acid, brake fluid and strong coffee make daily assaults on an applicator’s masterpiece.

Mike Dawson
May 7, 2008
Sept. 11 Memorial Honors Loss with "Reflecting Absence" Design

A look across the Memorial Fountains at Ground Zero in New York City.Architect Michael Arad, along with landscape architect Peter Walker, designed the memorial to honor the nearly 3,000 people who lost their lives in the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks at the World Trade Center, at the Pentagon and in a field near Shanksville, Pa. The memorial also honors the six people killed in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

Feb 15, 2012
How To Remove Sealers From Concrete

Removing sealer from a pool deck can be a nightmare, but it is important in the process of lasting concrete applicationsConcrete Sealers can be removed with mechanical means such as sandblasting or grinding. But for many contractors, it's a last resort.

This is probably not your favorite way to spend a day, but sometimes it’s a necessary evil.

John Strieder
Jul 15, 2004
Mind-Body-Soul and Concrete at the Benesse Healing Garden

Benesse Healing Garden at the Benesse Oncology Center, part of the Major Hospital system in Shelbyville, is an integral part of Benesse's mind-body-soul treatment philosophy.Benesse Healing Garden at the Benesse Oncology Center, part of the Major Hospital system in Shelbyville, is an integral part of Benesse’s mind-body-soul treatment philosophy. The almost one-acre park has four water features, meandering walkways, lush plantings and several seating areas that allow for social interaction or privacy. 

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Aug 25, 2015