The Decorative Surface Solutions Group offers new AIA-approved continuing education course for architects

A course for architects offered by The Decorative Surface Solutions Group, "The Architectural Concrete Surfaces Today: Decorative Flooring, Artistic Hardscapes and Innovative Design Options," will explore the many applications of decorative concrete finishes for interior and exterior use.

The program will cover all of the design options available and outline the proper solutions for differing surface requirements and environments. We will discuss finishing techniques, systems and materials, while also considering benefits compared to alternative solutions as well as caveats and lessons-learned. Participants will learn about environmental and project planning impacts of various concrete solutions and safety assurances. The course will look at examples demonstrating the versatility in colors, textures, aggregate exposure, levels of diamond polishing, decorative inlays, architectural saw cuts and multiple solutions in providing graphic etching and design in concrete surfaces.

After completion of this course, participants will be able to select decorative concrete systems and solutions for interior versus exterior application, specify the proper decorative concrete finish techniques and use, assess general costs and impacts of architectural concrete solutions and define the benefits of utilizing concrete over other flooring/paving options.

“This new course will be taught by DSSG contractor member’s that go through our instructor training course and demonstrate that they can deliver the course up to AIA standards,” said Curt Thompson CEO of the Decorative Surface Solution Group. “This course and other courses to follow will all be available as tools our members can use to help educate the market on the latest materials, technologies and methods to deliver high quality decorative flooring solutions to the market. Contact me or one of our member companies to find out more.”

The Decorative Surface Solutions Group (DSSG) is dedicated to increasing the sales and profits of its members specializing in hard surface solutions such as polished concrete, concrete topping slabs, epoxies, terrazzo and other alternative flooring options both inside and out. The group connects the best manufacturers, contractors and products in each category in order to accelerate the overall growth of this relatively new industry segment while positively impacting our members and supply partners. DSSG is focused on aggregating the “best of the best” and bringing the commercial flooring markets and contractors together including carpet, hardwood, LVT, stone, tiles, concrete, terrazzo and the like. Its office is located in Livermore, California.

Call Curt Thompson at (925) 964-6377 or email him at [email protected]

Got more questions about your project?

  • Drop files here or
    Accepted file types: jpeg, jpg, gif, png, pdf, Max. file size: 50 MB.
      Allowed formats: jpeg, jpg, gif, png, pdf
    • How would you like us to respond?

    • Note: Some questions will be published anonymously with their answers at the end of this story to share with other readers.