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Photos by Dick Krach
This elegant overlay provides a touch of modernity at the new Dunn Loring Metro apartment complex, in Dunn Loring, Va.

Sundek of Washington, Chantilly, Va., installed about 7,500 square feet of Sundek Classic Texture in Pewter Gray, Mission Tan and Clear for architect Adam Steiner, of Kimley-Horn and Associates Inc., and developer Mill Creek Residential Trust.

The project is an entrant in the 2014 Decorative Concrete Awards, given out by the American Society of Concrete Contractors’ Decorative Concrete Council. The winners will be announced at the 2014 World of Concrete.

The installers described the project on their entry form:

“This featured Sundek Classic Texture project brought the elegance of Adam Steiner’s creative design work into a stunning reality. The Sundek Classic Texture overlay system with an array of patterns and blended colors achieved a level of visual artistry that matched the newly built high-end apartment complex at Dunn Loring.

“Working with the contractor, Mill Creek Residential Trust, it quickly became apparent that Sundek would have to take the lead in certain aspects of the project. Though Sundek was specified for the overlay portion from the design phase, Dick Krach, Sundek sales representative, was instrumental in working with Mill Creek to bring in (Mill Creek’s) Joe Neto for the concrete portion of the project. Joe Neto, in turn, was the head consultant in the form-and-pour portion of the pool deck and one of the patios, using Dick Krach’s suggestion on expansion joint placement to best suit the concrete’s needs but also intertwine with the pattern designed by Adam Steiner.

“The project itself is on the fifth floor of the new high-rise and posed some unique logistics features. Sundek installation began after the first residents had already moved into the building. With this in mind, it was crucial to be discreet and professional at all times to ensure a seamless and nonintrusive installation. The install itself took five days — to complete the pool deck and the patio — with one of those days being a nonwork rain-delayed day.

“The patterns involved were custom and therefore difficult in nature to ensure they matched perfectly to the specified design from Mr. Steiner. All in all, the project went smoothly, and with the project manager being so impressed, Sundek was referred to another Mill Creek project in progress.”