Presented by The Face Cos., Norfolk, Va., the Golden Trowels recognize the flattest and most level floor slabs placed in the world. The awards are announced each year at the World of Concrete. A special Golden Trowel—The “Sam” Award—was established in 2002 to honor outstanding accomplishments in and contributions to the art and science of high quality horizontal concrete construction. The special award is named in honor of Samuel A. Face, Jr., the late chairman of The Face Cos.

This year, McCarthy Building Cos., Newport Beach, Calif., set a world record in taking its 11th Golden Trowel in the 22nd year of the competition, achieving an FF 59.6 in the category “Unshored Elevated Slab over 100,000 square feet.” The project was the 512,952-square-foot Kaiser Fontana Medical Center, Fontana, Calif.

The “Sam” Golden Trowel was awarded to Bob Simonelli, who has more than 35 years of experience in placing and finishing superflat and high-tolerance concrete floors, as well as in consulting and teaching placing and finishing in many countries over four continents.

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