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ASCC Council Honors Winners of 2017 Decorative Concrete Awards

swirling walls at park
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 ninth annual Decorative Concrete Awards competition Jan. 17 at the World of Concrete in Las Vegas.

Member contractors can enter 13 primary categories, which are mostly divided by size: projects less than 5,000 square feet and those 5,000 square feet and more. Judges may award a first and second place in each category. In some cases, there is a first place awarded, but no second based on the judges’ decision.

This year’s best overall project — the WOW! Award — was given to Sundeck of San Antonio in Texas for Mission Concepcion Park, also in San Antonio.

The park, also known as River Return, was designed by environmental artist Stacy Levy. Her design features a walkway that mimics the river’s eddy and swirls that morph into a stylistic version of the frescos within Mission Concepcion. The concrete was first acid stained before the contractor spent months using a needle scaler to partially remove the surface of the concrete to expose the aggregate.

“As you walk into the park you’re being brought in by these swirling vortices of walls,” says Levy. “It’s an architecture that relates more to the way nature moves, with curving lines.” Not to mention, it’s great fun for kids to run around in, she adds.

River Return is at the northernmost end of Mission Reach and likely the first place to be encountered by visitors. The project took about a year to complete.

heated driveway with unheated paving

Cast-In-Place Stamped, Over 5,000 Square Feet, First Place

Alchemy Concrete, Nelsonville, Wisconsin
Berard Residence Driveway
This home’s slopes called for more complex forming than your typical driveway. The 13,000-square-foot heated driveway and walkway, along with 25,000 square feet of unheated paving, required about 600 cubic yards of integrally colored concrete. Note the consistency of color and texture in this project and how well the coloring complements the natural surroundings.

Cast-In-Place Stamped, Over 5,000 Square Feet, Second Place
Greystone Masonry, Stafford, Virginia
Inn at Beach Club

 

stamped concrete pool deck with fireplace, outdoor kitchen and pavillion Cast-In-Place Stamped, Under 5,000 Square Feet, First Place

Greystone Masonry, Stafford, Virginia
Owens Residence

The homeowners wanted a family-friendly environment where they could entertain and relax. The contractor delivered a sophisticated and stylish backyard transformation, despite an 18-foot elevation difference from one side of the yard to the other. The makeover envelops a stamped concrete pool deck with a fireplace, fire pit, outdoor kitchen, pavilion, and sitting and retaining walls.

Cast-In-Place Stamped, Under 5,000 Square Feet, Second Place
Salzano Custom Concrete, Centreville, Virginia
Bristow Village Fireplace Retreat

 

elevated airport deckPolished, Under 5,000 Square Feet, First Place

Colorado Hardscapes, Denver, Colorado
Denver International Airport, South Terminal Expansion

Abundant challenges had to be overcome with this nontraditional polishing project on an elevated airport deck that involved straight and curved bench seating, some with electrical boxes and integrated wiring. Custom-made Styrofoam forms and blockouts were made and special equipment used to polish the bull nose edges and tops of each bench.

Polished, Under 5,000 Square Feet, Second Place
Dancer Concrete Design, Fort Wayne, Indiana
The Golden

 

four dye combination on floorPolished, Over 5,000 Square Feet, First Place

Dancer Concrete Design, Fort Wayne, Indiana
Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum

Remaining open while the floor was installed and finished to an 800-grit was part of this project’s challenge. The crisp, detailed line work required more than 2 miles of tape and plastic. The new section’s colors and pattern were achieved with a four-dye combination to match the existing floors.

Polished, Over 5,000 Square Feet, Second Place
Bay Area Concretes, Livermore, California
University of California, Berkeley – Eshleman Hall

 

Overlays Under 1/4 Inch, Under 5,000 Square Feet, First Place

Sundeck of Washington, Chantilly, Virginia
Westside Parcel C

A colorful design was central to this upscale apartment community in Northern Virginia. Although the judges disliked the chosen colors, they applauded the significant details in the project’s layout and design. They cited the overlayment texturing as “textbook” and were impressed how the running patterns continued across the pool to maintain consistency.

 

Overlays Under 1/4 Inch, Over 5,000 Square Feet, First Place

Surface Archetypes, Flinders View, Queensland, Australia 480 Queen

More than 37,000 square feet of wall and ceiling in a 32-story office tower in Brisbane, Australia, was resurfaced with panDomo, an overlay made by Ardex. The decorative plaster-like material was skillfully applied by a crew of eight, who managed to maintain a consistent texturing style throughout the interior expanse. The judges noted this was no easy feat.

Overlays Under 1/4 Inch, Over 5,000 Square Feet, Second Place
Sundek National Accounts/Sundeck of Washington, Arlington, Texas
Skyhouse in Charlotte, North Carolina

 

Overlays 1/4 Inch – 2 Inches, Under 5,000 Square Feet, First Place

Honestone, Tuggerah, North South Wales, Australia
Pyrmont Fire Station

This four-level urban fire station doubled in size as the project carefully blended new with old. As a historic-listed Heritage building, existing finishes had to be protected and left intact and a new overlayment installed that would all work together. Material delays were plenty and the polishing tedious to create the correct amount of aggregate exposure.

Overlays 1/4 Inch – 2 Inches, Under 5,000 Square Feet, Second Place
Dancer Concrete Design, Fort Wayne Indiana
Lincoln Financial Group

 

Countertops, First Place

Dylan Myers Design, Columbia, Maryland

Heavy Lifting Table

This 17-by-11-foot table serves as the centerpiece of a new corporate headquarters, with ample seating room for a dozen or more. The Millau Viaduct bridge in southern France inspired the owners to commission the over-the-top executive table.

 

Cast-in-Place Special Finishes, Over 5,000 Square Feet, First Place

Shaw & Sons, Costa Mesa, California
The Water Garden

With a goal to decrease water usage by half and modernize an outdoor entertainment area, the contractor placed 3,800 yards and built three water features. Materials used include LED lights, white cement, seeded mica and glass, Presto Wall finish, integral colors and light washes. The overall design merged basic colors and finishes with a few elegant applications for a fantastic outcome.

Cast-in-Place Special Finishes, Over 5,000 Square Feet, Second Place
T.B. Penick & Sons Inc., San Diego, California
San Diego International Airport Rental Car Center

 

Cast-in-Place Special Finishes, Under 5,000 Square Feet, First Place

Bomanite Toronto, Vaughn Ontario, Canada
Patterson Residence

Citing how well the design and material choices complement the house, judges also loved how this project used grass borders on the courtyard patio to create a softness around so many hardscape features. About 3,000 square feet of concrete was placed for the driveway, with the bands poured separately and finished with a limestone texture.

 

Vertical Application, over 5,000 Square Feet, First Place

T.B. Penick & Sons, San Diego, California
Fashion Show Mall, Las Vegas

An iconic fixture on the Las Vegas strip, the Fashion Show Mall required special attention to logistics and details with the area’s constant temperature fluctuations. Some 18,000 square feet of poured-in-place and precast concrete walls and benches lined the walkways and featured a proprietary troweled-on finish that complemented the quarried stone flatwork.

 

Vertical Application, Under 5,000 Square Feet, First Place

Hyde Concrete, Pasadena, Maryland
625 H St.

Located in Washington, D.C., where the modern concrete look is very popular, a downtown facility’s makeover started with a cementitious wall finish and detailed, sealed columns. The application included multiple layers of cementitious plaster with integral color and hard troweling. The cost-effective finish celebrated the look and feel of concrete throughout the project’s common areas.

Vertical Application, Under 5,000 Square Feet,
Second Place

Trademark Concrete Systems, Anaheim, California
Ford Theatres

 

Concrete Artistry, Over 5,000 Square Feet, First Place

Sundek of San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas
Mission Concepcion Park

A combination of sandblasting and acid stain in a 7,000-square-foot area creates a swirled design that mimics the motion of the eddies of the San Antonio River. The acid stain was applied first, followed by months of needle scaling to remove the concrete’s surface. The surface had to be durable enough to withstand constant bike and foot traffic.

 

Concrete Artistry, Under 5,000 Square Feet, First Place

Fisher Cos., Midland, Michigan
Midland Community Aviation Discovery Area – Compass Rose

The intricate details in the 8,500-pound compass rose at the Barstow Airport has received citations from Congress and Michigan’s attorney general, and was largely responsible for Michigan naming the facility Airport of the Year. As the key piece for the airport’s new education attraction, the compass rose exceeded everyone’s expectations in all areas of craftsmanship.

Concrete Artistry, Under 5,000 Square Feet,
Second Place

Progressive Hardscapes, Phoenix, Arizona
Friendship Park Splash Pad

 

Multiple Applications, Under 5,000 Square Feet, First Place

Tom Ralston Concrete, Santa Cruz, California
DeWhitt Residence

The treatments in this home were the result of a year-long effort that conjure up images of an Indiana Jones thriller. Countertops have blue veins and more than 300 individual fiber optics that twinkle like stars. Large bronze snakes with blue LED eyes slither across green backsplashes. A fire pit outside includes smaller bronze snakes, also with LED-glowing eyes.

Multiple Applications, Under 5,000 Square Feet, Second Place

Nobel Concrete Inc., Jenison, Michigan
Langeler Residence

 

Multiple Applications, Over 5,000 Square Feet, First Place

Trademark Concrete Systems, Anaheim, California
TV Academy

A new landmark building on the Television Academy campus in Anaheim features a state-of-the-art theater commemorating the academy’s 70th anniversary. The theater and media center feature radius stairs, planter walls, curbs and nearly 15,000 square feet of sand-finished paving with alternating bands of hand-seeded white aggregate. This is the second consecutive year that Trademark has won this category.

 

Stained, Over 5,000 Square Feet, First Place

Trademark Concrete Systems, Anaheim, California
Highway 299 Curve Improvement

Along a curve next to a well-traveled two-lane highway, an 11,500-square-foot concrete retaining wall features stones of many colors. The wall, that ranges in height from 5 feet to 48 feet, features “rocks” that were colored by hand with a primary color and at least one secondary color. Five different colors of stain were used for this project.

 

Stained, Under 5,000 Square Feet, First Place

Concrete by Hallack, Turlock, California
Museum of Art of Sonora (MUSAS)

A combination installation/training program in Sonora, Mexico, the museum project kicked off at a World of Concrete and was led by Julio Hallack. School of Architecture students at the University of Sonora created the floor by mimicking the Seri Indian design seen in the ceiling lights. The building remained open during installation, which made it difficult to keep the floor clean.

Stained, Under 5,000 Square Feet, Second Place

Nobel Concrete, Jenison, Michigan
Bravo Cucino Italiana

 

Decorative Environmental, First Place

T.B. Penick & Sons, San Diego, California
Battery Park

New for 2017, the Decorative Environmental Award recognizes projects that combine function and aesthetics that are environmentally friendly. This category’s first winning project spotlights Battery East, where the National Parks Conservancy added pedestrian and bike paths, stadium-style seating and accessible viewing areas so visitors could enjoy the park’s stunning vistas. The work was done in anticipation of the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge.

To comply with California’s new sustainability regulations, T.B. Penick chose a permeable paving material that would reduce storm water runoff but still be durable enough to deal with 7,000 daily visitors.

 

Architectural Concrete/Under 5,000 Square Feet, First Place

Concrete Strategies, St. Louis, Missouri
Railroad Depot Staircase

The contractor duplicated the Grand Railroad depot staircase, a gateway between the depot and Main Street in downtown Poplar Bluff, Missouri, with only the measurements of a deteriorated staircase. Great lengths were taken to create molds of the Grand staircase listed on the National Historic Register and deliver a product to match the original design and artwork.

 

The other 2017 winners are:

Project Video, First Place

T.B. Penick & Sons Inc., San Diego, California

Reconstruction of 1805 Direct Access Ramp

The DAR project at East Palomar Street in Chula Vista involves 133,000 square feet of pervious concrete and 21,000 square feet of Lithocrete. T.B. Penick crews worked with CalTrans’s pervious mix design in lieu of their own. They had to use a telescopic belt conveyor and occasionally had stuck trucks due to the subgrade bed.

Project Video, Second Place

Dancer Concrete Design, Fort Wayne Indiana

The Golden

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