Stephanie Johnston
Stephanie Johnston

Hello there! I’m Stephanie Johnston, the new editor of Concrete Surfaces. It’s tough to follow Victoria K. Sicaras, but she’s with us in spirit, teaching me the nuances of anything and everything that’s done and/or applied to finished concrete.

I also edit Public Works. When I joined that magazine eight years ago, I hadn’t given much thought to infrastructure. Clean water, paved roads, garbage pickup … people in developed nations take our quality of life for granted. Boy, have I learned. And it’s fascinating! (Just ask a 5-year-old what happens to his poop when he flushes the toilet.)

I’m similarly fascinated by concrete. Like public works, it’s one of those things that’s everywhere without people being conscious of it. But it does so much! You can even build houses with it!

I’ve asked Public Works readers about their innovative surfacing projects, so I now have a question for you.

Farmington Hills, Mich., is building an addition to its fleet garage to make and store salt and brine for snow and ice control. Because the facility must provide secondary containment in case a tank ruptures, half the floor will depressed 6 inches to channel spills downward.

You know how corrosive salt is. What coating or other surface preparation and/or treatment would you recommend (if any – remember, this is secondary containment only)? If there’s a particular product you’d recommend, please be specific; i.e., manufacturer, brand name, and/or formulation. E-mail

In the meantime, feel free to send me story ideas, tips, anything that I can use to highlight the beautiful work you do. Our 2015 editorial calendar shows what topics we’re covering the rest of the year.

Looking forward to getting to know you.