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2017 Scofield Decorative Concrete Award Winners

Cresting wave concrete precast to ward off ocean wave power."Innovation" was the word of the day for Scofield’s 10th annual Decorative Concrete Awards which were presented during the 2018 World of Concrete in Las Vegas. Grand prize-winning “Scofie” projects in six categories were unique in their design and execution, with several recipients pushing the limits of their experience to try new things.

Editors
Saw by the CSDA Code

how to read code marks on saw bladesIf you’re new to sawing concrete, or if your business only requires you to do the work occasionally, you might want to acquaint yourself with the Blade Application Code for Diamond Saw Blades from the Concrete Sawing and Drilling Association based in St. Petersburg, Florida.

K. Schipper
Apr 19, 2018
Church Street Gym Revived with Concrete Overlay

A little-known fact about New Castle, Indiana, (for everyone not a Hoosier) is that it's home to the world's largest high school gymnasium. Basketball fever is so rampant in this small town of 18,000 that the community raised the money needed to build a high school gym that seats 9,325 spectators.A little-known fact about New Castle, Indiana, (for everyone not a Hoosier) is that it’s home to the world’s largest high school gymnasium. Basketball fever is so rampant in this small town of 18,000 that the community raised the money needed to build a high school gym that seats 9,325 spectators.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
It's Time to CARE About Sales Silence

The sound of silence represents the ability to truly hear what prospects are saying. Small child drawing a chart with chalk on a blackboard.Shhhh… Close your eyes and don’t make a sound. The sound of silence is the sound of sales increasing substantially for you and your company. The sound of silence represents the ability to truly hear what prospects are saying, before worrying about your next statement. It also represents the lack of time salespeople spend honing their sales skills

Ken Lundin
Mix Design and Performance for Polished Concrete

Mix Design – What do those two words conjure up in our imagination? Architects randomly pulling ingredients off a shelf? Engineers wanting to prove they have the perfect solution? Owners going overboard in their expectations? Ready mix operators using what they have in their silos?An in-depth study on mix design for polished concrete.

Peter Wagner
Jul 8, 2006
Glass Acts: More Decorative Materials Made With Recycled Glass

Block-outs in this market fl oor were seeded with transparent, round and polished jelly bean glass and exposedNot all of the recycled glass aggregate used these days goes into concrete. Here’s a look at some decorative building alternatives made possible by recycled glass.

Editors
Sep 12, 2009
Decorative Concrete Panels Survive Decades of Weathering

The collection of 60 panels, each measuring 5 feet by 3 feet by 4 inches, was built to demonstrate seven production procedures popular at the time.The question of architectural concrete’s durability has finally been answered.

William C. Panarese
Dec 4, 2005
Shiny does not necessarily mean slippery concrete

Shiny floors that are not wet do not necessarily mean that they are slippery.At first glance, a shiny floor surface may seem to present slip-and-fall opportunity. In reality, a floor that has been ground, densified and polished can often provide a more slip-resistant floor than plain concrete.

Peter Wagner
Jan 14, 2006
How to Eliminate White Specks in Colored Concrete

Everyone knows you should use white cement to bring out brilliant colors in your concrete projects (see Concrete Decor's Feb./March issue). What isn't so widely known is how to prevent white specks from appearing in some of those deeper colors.Everyone knows you should use white cement to bring out brilliant colors in your concrete projects. What isn't so widely known is how to prevent white specks from appearing in some of those deeper colors.

Lee Dawson
May 26, 2006
Spectacular Outdoor Concrete Entertainment Space

For Scott Cohen, owner of The Green Scene Landscaping and Pools in Northridge, Calif., creating spectacular, outdoor entertainment and leisure spaces is second nature, but many of his jobs require much more than bringing a vision to life.For Scott Cohen, owner of The Green Scene Landscaping and Pools in Northridge, Calif., creating spectacular, outdoor entertainment and leisure spaces is second nature, but many of his jobs require much more than bringing a vision to life.

Natasha Chilingerian
Oct 21, 2012
Memorializing 9/11 with an Engraved Concrete Map

The simple yet powerful design of this memorial included the piece of wreckage from the World Trade Center and a map of the Northeast coastline of the United States on concrete pavement that approaches the tattered beam. The map identifies the coastline and the three crash sites of that dreadful date.The simple yet powerful design of this memorial included the piece of wreckage from the World Trade Center and a map of the Northeast coastline of the United States on concrete pavement that approaches the tattered beam. The map identifies the coastline and the three crash sites of that dreadful date.

Karen Van Heukelem
Oct 21, 2012
Seamless Floor Coatings Inc., A Family Business Since 1939

A Saleen car showroom with a metallic gun metal gray concrete floor coating.A head in the clouds is bad for business. Luckily, the Kolleck family does not have that problem. They have focused on floors for six decades, and their business, Seamless Floor Coatings Inc., is successful because of it.

John Strieder
Dec 3, 2005
Eco-friendly Reinforcement Fiber for Concrete

A skyline that is lit up with city lights.With all the talk about “green” products lately, it’s only natural that somebody has created an eco-friendly reinforcement fiber for concrete.

The synthetic fibers of NyconG, from New Nycon Inc., are made from 100 percent reclaimed post-consumer and post-industrial waste carpet.

Emily Dixon
Nov 16, 2008
Preparing for the Pump: Working With Pressure-Applied Concrete

Large structure in a pool that was created by rebar and shotcrete techniques.Decorative shotcrete is catching on, and as with any decorative concrete technique, there’s a learning curve. Here, we cover mix design, prep work and more.

Jack Innis
Nov 7, 2007
New Research Says Polished Concrete is the Most Slip-Resistant Flooring

Polished Concrete is the Most Slip-Resistant Flooring

Jennifer A. Faller
Decorative Concrete Contractor Finds Success By Staying Up On Trends

Decorative drain placed in stained concrete on pool deck.Networking and new techniques help keep John Belarde’s Seattle-area decorative concrete outfit on the sunny side.

Kelly O'Brien
Jan 7, 2010
World's Largest Decorative Concrete Outfit Wows Customers

A stone sitting wall surrounds this park in California.When a landscape architecture firm  drafted a plan to create playground trails and basketball courts for a Park California, it turned to one of the largest decorative concrete companies in the country, T.B. Penick & Sons Inc. of San Diego, to bring a wide range of cutting-edge decorative concrete systems to the project.

Rob Spiegel
Jun 19, 2008
Decorative Concrete Restoration Contest Winners

Polished Concrete Images, a division of K. Johnson Construction Inc., Sauk Rapids, Minn., for the Eich Motor Co. luxury auto dealership showroom in St. Cloud, Minn.From indoor pools to backyard fountains, the winners of Concrete Decor's first annual Concrete Restoration contest gave faded concrete a new lease on life.

Editors
Jan 11, 2007
Integrally Colored Concrete in Today's Economy

How integral color has continued to establish itself in a down economy - and what’s next.

Kelly O'Brien
Jan 7, 2011
Carlton's Corner: Hot New Markets in Decorative Concrete

The best training and the best products mean nothing if we can't find projects to prove our talent, right? I'm not going to sugarcoat our plight - I have been peddling decorative concrete for nearly 20 years and have never seen as many challenges as the ones we face today. Having said that, my goal is to have the best year possible, and I'm going to let you in on a secret as to how this will be done.

Doug Carlton
May 9, 2011
Secrets to Maintaining Concrete Color Consistency in Large Integral Installations

The most important thing with maintaining good color across a large job is consistency. From the obvious factors (color, admixture and water-to-cement ratios, temperature, humidity) to the less-tangible ones (soil type and moisture content of the subgrade, amount of time the concrete and color spend in the mixer, slump at the time of placement), document everything thoroughly and keep it the same from batch to batch.

Editors
Jan 1, 2011
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