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Let it Bee GFRC

Oversized bee created for a playground at the Smithsonian National Zoo made with GFRC.Doing museum-quality work doesn’t always entail fashioning blank backdrops to show items of interest at their best. Sometimes, as is the case of a pollinator-themed playground at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, D.C., it involves colorful GFRC carvings that are larger than life.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Jan 16, 2020
Monolithic, Minimalistic: Two Surfaces, One Canvas with Wall/Floor Concrete Finishes

Concrete floor that has a very minimal design with stains and concrete countertops.Imagine the convenience and versatility of a decorative concrete finish that can be applied to walls or floors.

Actually, it’s not a matter for the imagination. Such decorative finishes already exist.

Joe Maty
Jan 20, 2020
Turning Waste Glass into Expanded Glass Completes the Recover/recycle/reuse Circle

Glass flour next to a pile of other glass aggregate.Historically, repurposing glass for use in concrete mixtures has simply involved crushing and grinding the glass to a smaller size. Resizing alone doesn’t bring glass processing far enough to create a functional raw material for the concrete industry.

Traves W. Ogilvie, LEED AP
Jan 23, 2020
How to Excel at Concrete Countertop Sink and Edge Fabrication

A grinder smoothing the inside of a concrete sink.A review of tools and methods for sink polishing and edge profiling concrete countertops.

Nick Bertram
May 15, 2007
Growing Your Decorative Concrete Business by Offering Less

a concrete contractor sprays a driveway with concrete stain using a sprayerDecorative concrete has become the fastest growing segment of the concrete industry. But in part because of this, the decorative market rarely allows individual contractors to effectively master and install each type of decorative concrete.

Doug Carlton
Apr 9, 2007
Attractive Concrete Light-Rail Tracks that Discourage Pedestrians

Like any commercial building, the Charlotte Convention Center has a set of emergency exits that lead to the outside. However, the Convention Center had a unique problem in that its doors led towards the tracks for the Charlotte Light Rail.Like any commercial building, the Charlotte Convention Center has a set of emergency exits that lead to the outside. However, the Convention Center had a unique problem in that its doors led towards the tracks for the Charlotte Light Rail.

Emily Dixon
Feb 27, 2013
Protecting Your Crew from Silica Dust and Lead

If it's silica, its not just dustThis column covers a topic that could determine the sustainability of your business: indoor air quality both during and after construction. Although air quality for your workers and your clients has always been your responsibility, new federal rules are making it essential.

William D. Palmer Jr.
Jul 8, 2010
A New Technology Turns Iron Ore Waste Into Cement

Dry Slag Granulation (DSG)An Australian company is harvesting blast furnace waste and converting it into a new product to make cement in China, where 60% of the world’s iron waste is found.

Editors
Mar 16, 2015
Creativity Abounds in Friendly Concrete Competition

Concrete speaker amplification created with Buddy Rhodes mixA recent blog post on BuddyRhodes.com talked about wanting to make bigger, better objects. But because they strive to do the unexpected, they put forth a challenge to see what artists could do to make smaller objects instead.

Editors
Jul 23, 2014
Well-placed Joints in Concrete Help Channel Cracking

When it comes to concrete -- as with so many other things in life -- people tend to judge a book by its cover.When it comes to concrete — as with so many other things in life — people tend to judge a book by its cover. There’s nothing like a giant crack or a crumbling corner in a recent concrete placement to make an unhappy customer.

K. Schipper
Jan 20, 2019
Transitioning Your Concrete Business into Pool Construction

Pouring concrete pool decksThe success of your decorative concrete future hinges on one word: anticipation. The ability to anticipate where to find the potential buyers of services over the next year or two is one few professionals even consider.

Doug Carlton
Nov 6, 2014
Decorative Concrete Technique: How to Create Realistic Stone Effect with Concrete Stain

Pool deck made of concrete that more than one color is used on to create a natural lookWhen stamping, California contractor Lee Levig likes to use more than one color as the base color, usually different shades of the same color.

Editors
Dec 4, 2001
Mottled by Design: One Company's Technique for Imitating the Look of Acid Stain

Unlike acid stains, which achieve their natural good looks with a chemical reaction, today's water-based copycats often rely on employing proper techniques.Unlike acid stains, which achieve their natural good looks with a chemical reaction, today’s water-based copycats often rely on employing proper techniques.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Mar 18, 2009
A Colorful Transformation of a Transit Stop Using LithoMosaic Designs

Decorative concrete on a bus stop“The imagery was kind of inspired by the playfulness of the site,” Lucking says. “It’s like psychedelic cactuses, which is what Fourth Avenue is like.” They decided Lucking would execute the design in a mosaic on the pavement, and Goldlust would render it as cutouts in the station’s steel benches and partitions.

Gail Elber
Apr 15, 2014
The Questions You Should Ask When Considering Decorative Concrete

Frequently asked questions about decorative concreteThere is nothing more stressful than deciding on the best path for your business. Making the right decision at the right time is very important in growing and in perfecting the decorative craft. I had to answer each of the questions below at some point in my decorative journey and I’m guessing so will you.

Doug Carlton
Feb 13, 2008
Using Concrete to Restore A Hotel To All Its Former Glory.

Intricate details of this hotel in Canada were brought to life using ductal productsA high-strength cementitious material gave contractors exactly what they needed to restore this venerable and historic building.

Chris Mayo
Mar 18, 2009
Art Museum Installs Polished Concrete Floors to Enhance Exhibits

A pit of black rocks sits underneath the stairwell.At the Tampa Museum of Art, all eyes are on the compelling paintings, photographs and sculptures. And the building itself evokes an essence that’s subtle and serene so as not to detract from the art on display.

Natasha Chilingerian
Jul 9, 2011
A "Cracked-earth" Concrete Mezzanine Overlooks the Rainforest Habitat

Surely you've heard the phrase concrete jungle, but what about concrete in the jungle?Surely you’ve heard the phrase “concrete jungle,” but what about concrete in the jungle? In this case, the jungle is the Rainforest Habitat at Discovery Place, in uptown Charlotte. The exhibit boasts wildlife ranging from birds and reptiles to vegetation such as palms and epiphytes.

Emily Dixon
Feb 27, 2013
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