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Vol. 12 No. 2 - February/March 2012

Sept. 11 Memorial Honors Loss with "Reflecting Absence" Design

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.

August 24, 2017
Decorative Concrete Hall of Fame: The 2012 Inductees

The Decorative Concrete Hall of Fame is pleased to honor its inductees for 2012: Mike Archambault, Brad Bowman, Clark Branum and Joe Nasvik.

By Natasha Chilingerian
February 19, 2012
Artisan in Concrete: Adrian C. Henry, Diacon Decorative Polished Concrete

Polished concrete in a grocery store in a rich brown color by Adrian Henry, Diacon.

Although Diacon Decorative Polished Concrete is only six years old, polishing contractor Adrian C. Henry’s years of experience, not to mention his infectious enthusiasm for both installing and teaching polished concrete, have made him something of a rising star in the polishing world.

By Kelly O'Brien
February 19, 2012
How-To: Designing an Oven Hood - Part 1

By Jeff Kudrick
February 19, 2012
Fundamentals of Business: Net Benefit and Increasing Your Value to Customers

Valuable products get your customers to see thatYour product is valuable. You know it. You hope your customers know it. But how can you be sure? How can you ensure that your product benefits your customers and, in so doing, benefits your company?

By Jacob Webb
February 19, 2012
San Antonio Decorative Concrete: The Alamodome


Contractor: Stone Care of Texas,  San Antonio, Texas

Stone Care of Texas, based in San Antonio, was called upon to restore the flooring to its original state and provide a low-maintenance solution.

February 19, 2012
Concrete Overlay with Hand Painted Flora at SAY Sí's Front Entrance

Concrete overlay in sea blue by Butterfield Color guides visitors to the entrance of an after school program in San Antonio, Texas.In order to complete the nearly 2,000 square feet of surface area in just one week, workers from Butterfield and Miracote teamed up with local contractors to take on the massive overhaul.

By Emily Dixon
February 19, 2012
San Antonio Decorative Concrete: Mission Trail Baptist Hospital

Contractor: All Ready Services, San Antonio

Wanting attractive outdoor concrete that would hold up to heavy use, San Antonio’s brand new Mission Trail Baptist Hospital called upon Ramiro Chavez and San Antonio-based All Ready Services.

February 19, 2012
Broadcasting Aggregate into Coatings for Safety and Beauty

A slip resistant floor coating for busy commercial applications.Many contractors are used to hearing this line from their clients: “I want a floor that’s slip-resistant, but I also want it to be easy to clean.”

By by Trevor Foster, with Natasha Chilingerian
February 19, 2012
Carlton's Corner: Getting an Early Start on a Profitable Spring

For some in the decorative concrete industry, this spring can’t come too early. The doldrums of winter take a toll not only on the pocketbook, but also on our creative juices as artists and promoters.

By Doug Carlton
February 19, 2012
The Right Rubber Material for Your Custom Molds

Some 25 or more years ago, when my father would tell me he needed help making a rubber mold, he meant only one thing - using latex. Liquid rubbers for making production-quality molds have come a long way since then. Science has continued to perfect specialty compounds for mold-making. These compounds are designed to address the very specific challenges associated with very different mold applications, including architectural and decorative precasting.

By Chris Karlik
February 19, 2012
How to use Self-Consolidating Concrete for Concrete Countertops

How to measure self-consolidating concrete with a slump test and what it means. Self-consolidating concrete is great to use for concrete countertops.Self-consolidating concrete (SCC), also known as self-compacting concrete, is an amazing and special type of concrete that is highly flowable and resists segregation. It is the perfect product to use for creating concrete countertops.

By Jeff Girard
February 19, 2012
Stamped Concrete Backyard Makeover in Stafford, Virginia

Tropical themed backyard with stamped concrete stained flagstone look

It’s doubtful that any homeowner has found a more elegant way of decorating a neglected piece of land whose main feature is a septic tank field than the owners of the “Hidden Oasis,” a tropical-themed project that blossomed in a residential backyard in Stafford, Va.

By David Searls
February 19, 2012
Family Christian Center, Clermont, Fla.

The new worship center at the Family Christian Center in Clermont, Fla. isn’t your grandfather’s church. It boasts sleek lines and contemporary design.

By Ted Uram
February 19, 2012
Learn the Hard Facts about Densifier

Densifier is a underutilized, misunderstood and overlooked key to producing a beautiful and durable polished concrete floor.

By Jennifer Faller
February 19, 2012
National September 11 Memorial Fountains, New York City

Construction of the National September 11 Memorial was progressing on schedule to meet its target Sept. 11, 2011, grand opening date, when a big problem emerged concerning the twin fountains and reflecting pools built within the footprints where the North and South towers once stood.

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
February 19, 2012
Decorative Concrete Overlays: The Power is in the Polymer

EVA is actually a blend of ethylene acetate and vinyl acetate. Not surprisingly, vinyl acetate's most recognized application is as the main ingredient in Elmer's glue and wood glue.There are two common polymer types used by most decorative overlay manufacturers: ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) and acrylic.

By Chris Sullivan
February 19, 2012
Creating Color Designs with Rachel Knigge-Bruce's Stencils
By Steven H. Miller, CDT
February 19, 2012
iPlay America, Freehold, N.J.

iPlay America Amusement ParkWhen Bob McDaid began making plans to build iPlay America, his 115,000-square-foot indoor family amusement park in Freehold, N.J., he envisioned flooring to complement two very different settings. On one side of the park, he wanted a boardwalk that would remind guests of playing arcade games and munching cotton candy on the famous New Jersey shore, and on the other, a worn asphalt road that would help depict a Tuscan village scene.

By Natasha Chilingerian
February 19, 2012
Concrete Books Line the Walls at Headquarters

Rows and rows of simulated shelved books crafted from glass-fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC)Rows and rows of simulated shelved books crafted from glass-fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC) line 1,500-plus square feet of the first-floor entrance and corridors, reflecting the Web-based megaretailer’s humble beginning as an online bookstore.

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
February 19, 2012