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Vol. 20 No. 1 - January 2020

Discover the Many Facets of Concrete at the Fourth Annual Decorative Concrete LIVE!

A look from above of the entrance to the 2019 Decorative Concrete LIVE! space at World of ConcreteBe prepared to see a lot of color and whimsy at the fourth annual Decorative Concrete LIVE! during the World of Concrete Feb. 4-7, 2020 in Las Vegas. On the flip side, also be prepared to appreciate the subtleties and sophistication the same material can offer.

Editors
January 20, 2020
The American Concrete Institute Names 2019 Excellence Winners at Annual Convention.

The building was awarded for excellence by the ACIThe American Concrete Institute honored the winners of its 2019 Excellence in Concrete Construction Awards during the institute’s concrete convention and exposition in October in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Editors
January 26, 2020
How to Dominate on Instagram

Pictures on instagram should be branded with logos to ensure that brand is always consistent.To some, Instagram may seem like a platform where you go to look at pretty pictures all day. But did you know it can be a powerful money-making marketing tool that brings project opportunities for your decorative concrete business? What if I told you that by using Instagram correctly for your business, you can get discovered and dominate your market?

By Danny Barrera
January 23, 2020
Architectural Elements featuring Concrete and Other Materials in Clean, Geometric Forms

Inspired by urban living, Eric Weil, sculptor and founder of Oso Industries in Brooklyn, and his team individually handcraft multi-functional furniture and architectural elements featuring concrete and other materials in clean, geometric forms.Inspired by urban living, Eric Weil, sculptor and founder of Oso Industries in Brooklyn, and his team individually handcraft multi-functional furniture and architectural elements featuring concrete and other materials in clean, geometric forms.

Editors
January 23, 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.

By Traves W. Ogilvie, LEED AP
January 23, 2020
Why Mock-ups of Polished Concrete Overlays Matter

Shiny, white, polished concrete floor reflect the lights from abovePolishable overlays are a popular alternative to polished concrete where the existing concrete slab isn’t a good candidate to be polished. Infilling trenches, patching, spalling and removing existing modular floor coverings often result in a concrete surface that doesn’t meet with customer approval.

By Craig Morris
January 20, 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.

By Joe Maty
January 20, 2020
Large Designs are a Top Trend in Decorative Concrete

A large stained concrete driveway in front of a large hotel.The first time I delivered “Trends in Decorative Concrete” was at the Concrete Decor Show in Fort Worth, Texas, in February 2014. It was initially created to present a quick snapshot of what was trending in our industry, targeting primarily the design community. At the time, I never anticipated the presentation would grow into the program it is today.

By Chris Sullivan
January 16, 2020
Leave a Mark on Concrete with Specially Made Stencils and Stains

Stenciled wall at a metro stationContractors and artisans use specially made stencils and stains to leave their marks on decorative concrete.

By Mike Dougherty
January 16, 2020
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.

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
January 16, 2020
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