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Decorative Concrete Winners Named During ASCC Ceremony at WOC

University of South Florida’s Polytechnic 555 Building on the campus of Florida Polytechnic University in Lakeland, Florida. Photos courtesy of American Society of Concrete Contractors
University of South Florida’s Polytechnic 555 Building on the campus of Florida Polytechnic University in Lakeland, Florida. Photos courtesy of American Society of Concrete Contractors

The Decorative Concrete Council, a specialty council of the American Society of Concrete Contractors, recognized the winners of its eighth annual Decorative Concrete Awards competition during a ceremony at the World of Concrete 2016 in Las Vegas.

This year’s WOW! Award for the best overall project went to Baker Concrete Construction in Fort Lauderdale for the University of South Florida’s Polytechnic 555 Building on the campus of Florida Polytechnic University in Lakeland, Florida (pictured above). The building, an elliptical-shaped structure highlighted with exposed concrete raker portals, impressed the judges and audience alike with its design by Santiago Calatrava and Festina Lente.

The first part of the facility to be built were its retaining walls — complete with integral concrete seating caps — which beautifully define the building’s perimeter from the reflection ponds. All total, the walls measure a mile long.

The main building’s architectural concrete features 142 column portals spaced at 8 feet on center in a curving layout, framing the long hallway and supporting the building perimeter’s second story. The shapely portals had to be braced with triangular-shaped, self-consolidating concrete monolithically poured every two columns. After the columns were built, the second-level elevated beams and slabs were completed and followed by ground-level polished concrete floors.

The two main entrances began with perimeter architectural concrete columns connecting to each of the 16 unique raker portals. These portals support the roof and tie into an oval concrete skylight that illuminates the grand entry’s polished concrete stairs.

Many are calling this building a modern architectural marvel. It was named the 2015 Global Project of the Year by ENR Magazine.

This year’s competition was judged by Clark Branum of Diamatic USA, Bob Harris of Structural Services Inc., Tanya Komas of the Concrete Preservation Institute and Todd Scharich of the American Society of Concrete Contractors. Scharich also served as the emcee during the event’s ceremony.

The Decorative Concrete Council is composed of contractors, manufacturers and suppliers of decorative concrete products. DCC is dedicated to improving the technical and business expertise of contractors who pursue this specialty market.

Other winners are:

The California city wanted a functional, decorative element to enhance its “old town” feel. Penick delivered a stunning project with Bomanite’s Ashlar Slate and Boardwalk patterns, the latter of which mimics the look and texture of wood.
Main Street Temecula Bridge

Cast-in-Place Stamped, Over 5,000 Square Feet, First Place
T.B. Penick & Sons, San Diego, California

Main Street Temecula Bridge

The California city wanted a functional, decorative element to enhance its “old town” feel. Penick delivered a stunning project with Bomanite’s Ashlar Slate and Boardwalk patterns, the latter of which mimics the look and texture of wood.

Cast-in-Place Stamped, Over 5,000 Square Feet, Second Place
Bulach Custom Rock, Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota

Edina Promenade


Greystone Masonry masterfully employed layers of hardscape to accommodate this sloping lot.
Creative Addition

Cast-in-Place Stamped, Under 5,000 Square Feet, First Place
Greystone Masonry, Stafford, Virginia

Creative Addition

Greystone Masonry masterfully employed layers of hardscape to accommodate this sloping lot.

Cast-in-Place Stamped, Under 5,000 Square Feet, Second Place
Salzano Custom Concrete, Centreville, Virginia

The Nokesville Residence


Texas Bomanite completed 21,725 square feet of concrete polished to a 1,500 grit finish. Judges were impressed at the magnitude of the project and the delineation of color. Seen here is a floor dyed with Bomanite Pineapple.
Preston Trail Community Church

Polished, Over 5,000 Square Feet, First Place
Texas Bomanite, Dallas, Texas

Preston Trail Community Church

Texas Bomanite completed 21,725 square feet of concrete polished to a 1,500 grit finish. Judges were impressed at the magnitude of the project and the delineation of color. Seen here is a floor dyed with Bomanite Pineapple.

Polished, Over 5,000 Square Feet, Second Place
Bay Area Concretes, Livermore, California

Stanford Linear Accelerator


Concrete Mystique Engraving, Nashville, Tennessee Legacy Learning Studios
Legacy Learning Studios

Polished, Under 5,000 Square Feet, First Place
Concrete Mystique Engraving, Nashville, Tennessee

Legacy Learning Studios

On the second floor of the famous Roy Acuff Building in Nashville, multiple dyes and an engraved pattern that matches an exterior wall help mask a major crack traveling through the studio’s main lobby. The floors were polished to an 800 grit and burnished to a 1,500 grit.


Salzano Custom Concrete, Centreville, Virginia Contemporary Summer Retreat
Contemporary Summer Retreat

Overlays Under 1/4 inch, Under 5,000 Square Feet, First Place
Salzano Custom Concrete, Centreville, Virginia

Contemporary Summer Retreat

This project involved a failed, exposed aggregate deck and bluestone coping that couldn’t be removed. The solution included working the bluestone color into an oversized quarry block pattern and subtly staining alternate tiles in varying tones.

Overlays Under 1/4 inch, Under 5,000 Square Feet, Second Place
Premier Veneers, Shelby Township, Michigan

Rochester Hills Residence


Honestone, Tuggerah, North South Wales, Australia Hype DC Huntsville
Hype DC Huntsville

Overlays 1/4 inch – 2 inches, Under 5,000 Square Feet, First Place
Honestone, Tuggerah, North South Wales, Australia

Hype DC Huntsville

An Australian shoe store, which reportedly had a floor with “more rolls than a Thanksgiving dinner,” was outfitted with a ramped entry floor that minimized materials and saved the client nearly $10,000. The end result was a rapid-curing floor featuring a French Grey polished overlay with river pebble aggregate.


Concrete Coatings, Hammond, Louisiana Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino Biloxi
Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino Biloxi

Overlays Under 1/4 inch, Over 5,000 Square Feet, First Place
Concrete Coatings, Hammond, Louisiana

Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino

Biloxi A three-color, classic texture pool deck is the centerpiece of the Gulf Coast’s newest hotel in Biloxi, Mississippi. The Golden Nugget, which also features a 17,500-square-foot casino floor, was completed in time for the grand opening despite plan changes and weather delays.

Overlays Under 1/4 inch, Over 5,000 Square Feet, Second Place
Sundek ADT Coatings, Arlington, Texas

Sunnyland Furniture


Hyde Concrete, Pasadena, Maryland Canapp Residence
Canapp Residence

Stained, Under 5,000 Square Feet, First Place
Hyde Concrete, Pasadena, Maryland

Canapp Residence

The owners, both veterinarians, wanted a beautiful floor that would mirror the beams on the home’s ceiling but be durable enough to withstand their many animals. Hyde broadcast patterns of shake-on color into a textured overlay and then acid stained and sealed the floor. The judges like everything about this project.

Stained, Under 5,000 Square Feet, Second Place
ADT Coatings, Arlington, Texas

Alex Akuagua Residence


Sinclair Construction Group, Marietta, Georgia Stealth
Stealth

Concrete Artistry, Under 5,000 Square Feet, First Place
Sinclair Construction Group, Marietta, Georgia

Stealth

With its twists and contorts, Stealth gleams like steel in Atlanta’s art district. The impressive concrete sculpture’s formwork was modeled in Rhino Software down to the bolt level and then created with a five-axis CNC router. Each individually numbered piece was built from three layers of 1/4 inch bent marine-grade plywood. The plywood face was sanded and filled with gypsum, then sealed and coated with urethane to create the smooth surface.

Concrete Artistry, Under 5,000 Square Feet, Second Place
Concrete Mystique Engraving, Nashville, Tennessee

Arthur


Tom Ralston Concrete, Santa Cruz, California Aruba Residence
Aruba Residence

Patio Cast-in-Place Special Finishes, Over 5,000 Square Feet, First Place
Tom Ralston Concrete, Santa Cruz, California

Aruba Residence

Transporting specialty supplies 4,000 miles and mixing 300 pails of color into three different blends were among the challenges involved with this project. The Aruba home’s 16,000 square feet of interior and exterior concrete was made from a 5,000 PSI mix designed to withstand extreme weather conditions. Extra cracking precautions also had to be in place because the architect’s design called for few expansion joints.

Cast-in-Place Special Finishes, Over 5,000 Square Feet, Second Place
Trademark Concrete Systems Inc.,Oxnard, California

a private residence in Los Angeles


Trademark Concrete Systems Inc., Oxnard, California Kaiser Panorama City
Kaiser Panorama City

Cast-in-Place Special Finishes, Under 5,000 Square Feet, First Place
Trademark Concrete Systems Inc., Oxnard, California

Kaiser Panorama City

Trademark Concrete used EcoCast paving in varying colors, some seeded with black granite walkways, seating and borders in the 72,000-square-foot courtyard of the Kaiser medical campus.

Cast-in-Place Special Finishes, Under 5,000 Square Feet, Second
Place Angus McMillan Concrete Ltd., Hastings, New Zealand

Mangakino Skatepark


Whereas the original design called for a 14-foot wall of stacked sandstone, the city park in Denver ended up with GFRC rock panels that better mimicked the desired Colorado terrain. The judges called the coloring “astonishing.”
Mehaffey Park

Vertical Application, Under 5,000 Square Feet, First Place
Colorado Hardscapes, Denver, Colorado

Mehaffey Park

Whereas the original design called for a 14-foot wall of stacked sandstone, the city park in Denver ended up with GFRC rock panels that better mimicked the desired Colorado terrain. The judges called the coloring “astonishing.”

Vertical Application, Under 5,000 Square Feet, Second Place
Bulach Custom Rock, Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota

Scheels Shopping Mall


Baker Concrete Construction, Fort Lauderdale, Florida USF Polytechnic 555 Building
USF Polytechnic 555 Building

Architectural Concrete, Over 5,000 Square Feet, First Place
Baker Concrete Construction, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

USF Polytechnic 555 Building

Architectural concrete included seat walls, 142 column portals spaced 8 feet on center in a curved layout and two main entrances with perimeter columns connecting to each of the 16 raker portals.


Trademark Concrete Systems, Oxnard, California Tarbut V’Torah Community Day School
Tarbut V’Torah Community Day School

Multiple Applications, Over 5,000 Square Feet, First Place
Trademark Concrete Systems, Oxnard, California

Tarbut V’Torah Community Day School

Concrete elements in a 7,000-square-foot outdoor teaching space included cast-in-place radius amphitheater seating, sub-slabs for flagstone and dry riverbed paving, meandering walkways, two basketball courts, a table and sandblasted vertical surfaces. The judges were impressed with the cleanness and crispness of each piece.

Multiple Applications, Over 5,000 Square Feet, Second Place
Colorado Hardscapes, Denver, Colorado

Johnson Habitat Park


Tom Ralston Concrete, Santa Cruz, California Santa Cruz Roundabout
Santa Cruz Roundabout

Multiple Applications, Under 5,000 Square Feet, First Place
Tom Ralston Concrete, Santa Cruz, California

Santa Cruz Roundabout

Featuring leaping dolphins pointing the way, this eye-catching roundabout is a combination of acid staining, vertical concrete, masonry and specialty concrete.

New category: Project Video, First Place
Tom Ralston Concrete

Santa Cruz Roundabout

Out of four entries, this video seen at https://vimeo.com/125967067 speaks for itself. The judges said it illustrates just some of the amazing possibilities of decorative concrete.


Scottworks Construction, Friday Harbor, Washington Floating Landing
Floating Landing

Architectural Concrete/Under 5,000 Square Feet, First Place
Scottworks Construction, Friday Harbor, Washington

Floating Landing

The client needed a way to access a newly constructed guest house from the main home but had to figure out how to get through a 300-year-old tree root mass. Solutions were further narrowed as the home was on an island, inaccessible to a ready-mix truck and not viable for a line pump option. In the end, the contractor cast one landing per day — each independent from the other — working from the bottom to the top.

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