Polishing institute launched

Brad, David and Daniel Padgett, the brothers who founded Concrete Polishing Technologies, have launched the International Polished Concrete Institute, created to educate architects, engineers and contractors about polished concrete.

By enrolling with IPCI for a complimentary membership, architects gain access to polished concrete specifications that cover the entire polishing process, from slab flatwork and sheen level applications to decorative options. The IPCI member Web site allows architects to find qualified polishers, solicit bids for projects, receive details on bidder credentials, and view ASTM and other quality-testing data. Other benefits include a free quarterly subscription to the IPCI Journal, a trade publication dedicated to industry trends, and the opportunity for AIA/CES training.

Flooring contractors that wish to become IPCI members must successfully complete a Craftsman Certification. Held monthly at IPCI headquarters, Craftsman Certification Training educates polishers on proper application techniques for either topical or mechanical polishing. Benefits for polishers include the same access architects have to ASTM data and specifications, plus 200 marketing packets on polished concrete, access to bid sheets, and more.

The International Polished Concrete Institute is based in Norris, Tenn., and affiliated with CPT, the parent entity to Perfect Polish, a leading polished concrete services company.

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