From an airplane hangar to a bathroom floor, and from an art museum to a grocery store, polishing concrete contractors showed their innovation and skills in the first Concrete Surfaces Polished Concrete Awards.

Forty-five projects were entered in seven categories, in addition to the Readers’ Choice award. The projects display an impressive number of techniques and know-how demonstrating polished concrete as a dynamic floor covering that has grown from a small niche to a mainstream design element.

The contest is sponsored by the International Concrete Polishing & Staining Conference, where winners received their awards. Winners also will be recognized at World of Concrete 2012.

Click here for more details and slideshows of the winners and all of the entries. Look for details about entering the 2012 contest in Concrete Surfaces early next year.