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Vol. 10 No. 1 - January 2010

The Illuminator Creates the Magic For Fiber Optics in Concrete

The illuminator is a sort of "magic box" that performs several functions in a fiber-optic concrete installation. The illuminator is a sort of "magic box" that performs several functions in a fiber-optic concrete installation. First, it is the place where the light source illuminates the fibers. Second, it is the matrix that holds the fibers in place in the order required to create a desired effect. Third, it houses the equipment that controls the color, brightness and sequence of the lights.

By Amy Johnson
January 6, 2010
Maritime Museum Gets a Decorative Concrete Upgrade

Maritime museum with woodplank concrete floorsHurricane proof concrete planks made to look like the original wood floor of the museum were the perfect touch. Durable, easy to clean and homey, the North Caroline Maritime Museum couldn't have asked for a better fit.

By David Searls
January 10, 2010
Polished Concrete Floor Reflects Local Culture at Knight Museum

Polished concrete floor with aggregate trucked from nearby areas to give perfect effect.You've heard of Stonehenge, right? How about Carhenge? It's an installation of half-buried cars, all laid out in a circular pattern that mimics the site's much older and more famous cousin. The pocket of western Nebraska that includes Carhenge and the nearby town of Alliance can seem about as windblown and mystically alien as the legendary British Isles site itself.

By David Searls
January 9, 2010
Decorative Concrete Ready For Lift Off

Polished concrete floor gives off perfect reflection for the US Space & Rocket Center in AlabamaA Tuscaloosa, Ala., company landed the contract to polish some 12,000 square feet of concrete poured as part of a major renovation to the US Space & Rocket Center, which serves as home to the internationally known Space Camp for bright and cosmically focused kids.

By David Searls
January 11, 2017
A Concrete Stupa, A Blessed Build

A stupa made from concrete for the Buddhism religion.A stupa is one of the most venerable icons in Buddhism. It's a structure steeped in symbolism, and building or maintaining one is said to bring a person close to enlightenment.

Editors
January 7, 2010
Must Haves in Concrete Stamps and Texture Mats

Concrete Texture mats and Concrete Stamping tools, a compass rose concrete stamp from Increte.Meet a few of the newest in texture mats and stamping tools for concrete.

Editors
January 7, 2010
Tru-Tex Complete Contractor's Kit for Vertical Concrete

A complete kit for making vertically carved concrete available from waltools used to create vertically carved concrete.As demand for vertical concrete work in the residential sector expands, more decorative concrete contractors and artisans are taking on vertical projects with the goal of achieving creative looks.

By Erik Pisor
January 7, 2010
Building Relationships with Architects

Building relationships with architects in the construction industryAn underutilized opportunity for potentially creating more jobs and visibility for your company exists within the design community. Architects and landscape architects are key members of the project team for commercial and high-end residential installations.

By Howard Jancy, CSI
January 7, 2010
Unique, One-of-a-Kind Decorative Concrete

Unique concrete home with unexpected angles and texutresMike likes his concrete the same way he likes his breads and cheeses, with every bit of the material exuding something interesting and reflecting the character of the ambient conditions and personalities that shaped it. And he's not the only one who feels like this.

By Mike Miller
January 7, 2010
How To Navigate the Craziness of Troubleshooting

Troubleshooting questionsInformation has become the currency of the 21st century. Just look at how fast and easy obtaining information has become. Most of us can access the world from a hand-held phone or PDA. In contrast, it seems like providing basic information when you're the one asking the question can be like pulling teeth.

By Chris Sullivan
January 7, 2010
Successful Concrete Businesses No Matter Where You Call Home

An outdoor kitchen project by Elements, a decorative concrete company in Sheridan, Wyo.Doug Carlton discusses his favorite trait of the decorative concrete industry: Passion.

By Doug Carlton
January 7, 2010
Using Fabric in Concrete Formwork

Green, clean, relatively inexpensive and incredibly practical, fabric formwork can be used with concrete to produce structurally efficient and architecturally compelling components in all shapes and sizes, ranging from footings, columns and beams to walls, sinks, furniture and an array of accessories.Pouring concrete into fabric instead of the usual rigid formwork represents, for some, the shape of things to come.

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
January 7, 2010
How Admixtures Affect Integrally Colored Concrete

This walkway in Florida was created with integral color. The integral colors used are Cranberry, Marina Green and Powder Blue, which were originally produced by QC Construction Products.Something has to give when pigments interact with pozzolans, plasticizers and other additives in your mix.

By Chris Mayo
January 7, 2010
Let it Shine: Installing Fiber Optic Light Effects

Whether you are embedding a shimmering logo in a front counter or spreading a galaxy of stars across a bar top, you need to master fiber optic lighting. Here's how some experts get the job done.Whether you are embedding a shimmering logo in a front counter or spreading a galaxy of stars across a bar top, you need to master fiber optic lighting. Here’s how some experts get the job done.

By Amy Johnson
January 7, 2010
Experience and Expertise Prove to be the Winning Combination for Puerto Rican Skatepark

Construction of skatepark in Puerto Rico using rebar and concreteThe working conditions weren’t those of a stateside project, but the objective was the same: Build a skate park that had the smooth curves and flawless finishes of any topnotch park in the U.S. Learn how this contractor skated to perfection.

By Kelly O'Brien
January 7, 2010
Perfectly Unpretty: Concrete Work in Illinois Holocaust Museum Speaks to Design Aesthetic

The front entrance of the Illinois Holocaust Museum Concrete Re-Surfacing Technologies Inc. of Palos Park, Ill., was brought in to finish 8,000 square feet of plain concrete floor at the new Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, one of the nation's largest memorials to the loss of millions of innocent lives during some of Europe's darkest hours.

By David Searls
January 7, 2010
Medical Lobby Decorative Concrete Makeover - Modesto, California

Mosaic art placed into concrete creates a focal point of this medical lobbyIn two weeks' time, Julio A. Hallack and his crew of four transformed what he calls a "mail lobby" - a ho-hum, run-of-the-mill 1,500-square-foot space - into a warm and inviting receiving area that everyone who sees it can't help but admire.

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
January 7, 2010
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.

By Kelly O'Brien
January 7, 2010
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