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Carbon-based Concrete Additive Wins Civil Contractors Federation (CCF) Environment Award

Eden concrete additive made from carbon nanotubes Architecture and Design announced last week that a carbon-based concrete additive won the Civil Contractors Federation environment award. The technology uses carbon nanotubes to give concrete a flexural strength 200 to 300 times that of steel.

November 1, 2014
Concrete Walkway for a State Trooper's Widow

Concrete walkway in front of slain state troopers homeCorporal Byron Dickson visited Bart Sacco’s workplace at Kingdom Products in Throop, Pennsylvania, a week before he was killed in an ambush shooting by Eric Frein, asking Sacco for a few tips on what would be involved with replacing the sidewalks in front of his home.

October 30, 2014
Scientific Principles of Concrete

Schematic illustration of the pores in calcium silicate through different stages of hydration.The importance of concrete in modern society cannot be overestimated. Look around you and you will find concrete structures everywhere such as buildings, roads, bridges, and dams. There is no escaping the impact concrete makes on your everyday life. So what is it?

October 23, 2014
Concrete Dreamcatcher Takes Place of Honor in Marble Falls, Texas

Concrete dreamcatcher in placeWe met William David Reynolds at the 2014 Concrete Decor Show. He was helping Cory Hanneman from Element 7 Concrete with his entry into the Brawl in the Fall competition. Cory told us to find William David because he was working on some really interesting projects, so we went looking for him.

October 16, 2014
Concrete Polished Floor for Nike Retail Store in Puerto Rico

Polished concrete floor in a Nike retail store in Puerto RicoPolishing concrete on a tropical island may sound like a dream job, but there are some challenges to working in this environment. Brian Chafins is a project foreman at Preferred Global, where he maintains production levels on flooring projects and manages job installs.

September 11, 2014
Buddy Rhodes Uses Creative Concrete to Inspire Courage

Good Morning Sunshine by Aviya, age 13 a patient who is participating in Art for LifeThinking about cancer or another serious illness can leave people with a feeling of helplessness. There's just not much that the average person can do about serious illnesses. We're not researchers and we don't have tons of money to donate. So what else can we do? Buddy Rhodes Concrete Products has found a way to help by teaming up with an organization called Arts for Life.

August 11, 2014
Decorative Concrete Blooms in Children's Garden

Concrete garden outside library in WisconsinJ.C. Santy Construction, Pulaski, Wisconsin, uses metallic and mica powders from Crescent Bronze Powder Co. to bring brilliant color to decorative concrete. One prime example is The Children's Garden created by artisan and owner Brad Santy for the Brown County Public Library in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

August 6, 2014
Residential Concrete Project Mimics River Water and Starlight

bright blue colored concrete that mimics a river with brown banksMark Womack of Monster Constructors in Fort Worth, Texas, inadvertently became something of an expert when two back-to-back clients asked him for concrete work that included fiber optic lights.

August 4, 2014
2014 ASCE National Concrete Canoe Competition

Katana Concrete canoeThe 27th annual National Concrete Canoe Competition was held June 19 - 21. 2014 at the University of Pittsburg Johnstown. The National Concrete Canoe Competition is a project which allows civil engineering students an opportunity to get practical, hands-on experience in concrete design.

July 31, 2014
Thai Summit America Polishes Over 1 Million Square Feet of Concrete

polished concrete floors in a large sheet metal stamping plantThai Summit America Corp. is a multinational corporation with facilities in Asia and North America. The company has been a leader in the sheet metal stamping industry for the last 20 years. The company recently polished more than 1,000,000 square feet (yes, that’s more than 1 million square feet) in their Howell, Michigan, production plant.

July 24, 2014
Creativity Abounds in Friendly Concrete Competition

Concrete speaker amplification created with Buddy Rhodes mixA recent blog post on 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.

July 23, 2014
Color Flake System Chosen for Large Auto Dealership Job in Peru

color flake system installed on floor in dealership in PeruThe project at a new Toyota dealership took 10 days in October 2013. Because this 40,000-square-foot area encompassed outdoor service bays, customer waiting area and indoor parts department, this was an area that customers would see but also an area where the cars and trucks would be worked on.

July 16, 2014
Art Professor Devises Original Arkansas Razorback Design on Concrete

Arkansas Razorback mascot on acid stained floorSteven Ochs, who holds a master's of fine art degree and is a professor of art and chair of the department of art and design at Southern Arkansas University, shared these photos of his latest project.

July 3, 2014
Furniture Maker Transforms Concrete Through Design and Technology

Fibonacci Coffee TableKnown for his fusion of innovative creations and cutting-edge work with concrete, Los Angeles designer James DeWulf is introducing his Campaign table. The table will be sold exclusively at all Mecox Garden emporiums.

July 2, 2014
Sticks + Stones Furniture Wins 2014 IIDA/HD Product Design Competition

Sticks + Stones Furniture Wins 2014 IIDA/HD Product Design CompetitionThe winner of the IIDA award for Best Product Design in the Outdoor Seating category was Sticks + Stones' newest signature piece, the Social Circle. The new Social Circle Firepit is a versatile and low-profile concrete piece that sits up to six people comfortably on beautiful western cedar and can be installed both indoors or out.

July 1, 2014
Terrazzo Restoration Project at the Stockton Airport

Terrazzo Restoration Project at the Stockton AirportComplete replacement of the Terminal Building carpet was being considered, but a surprising discovery revealed that underneath the stained and worn carpet tiles laid a once gorgeous cement-based terrazzo floor.

June 26, 2014
Detroit-area Metropolitan Concrete Opens Decorative Concrete Showroom

Detroit-area Metropolitan Concrete Opens Decorative Concrete ShowroomMetropolitan Concrete, in the Detroit suburb of Sterling Heights, Michigan, recently completed their new decorative showroom. Leonard Bugli, president of Metropolitan Concrete, says that the new facility will showcase the many techniques that can be achieved with polyaspartics, metalic epoxies, dyes and stains.

June 12, 2014
Floor Remodel of Craig's Cruisers Family Fun center in Michigan

Frog on the floor of the retail space adds a playful element to the theme park.Ken Miedema, of Concrete Revival LLC, in Jenison, Michigan, was contracted to remodel the floorS at Craig Cruser's Grand Rapids location. He utilized V-8 High Performance Floors products by Xtreme Engineered Floor Systems to achieve several very unique applications and looks.

June 10, 2014
Foundation Armor Before and After of Stamped Concrete Floor

The after look has a glossy sheen that makes the different heights shine.A stamped concrete floor with a solvent-based acrylic that was applied one year ago. The applicator wanted to see what the floor would look like with Armor Blush Repair and Armor AR350 sealer before doing the entire floor.

May 30, 2014
Kingdom Products Treats Longtime Employees to a Mexican Vacation

Kingdom Products Treats Longtime Employees to a Mexican VacationConcrete Texturing Tool & Supply recognized head of customer service Colleen Washington and warehouse manager Anthony Fontini for 10 years of employment by offering to buy Colleen, Anthony and their spouses an all-expense-paid vacation to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

May 22, 2014