If you haven’t started thinking about which of your projects to enter into the Concrete Surfaces’ Polished Concrete Awards, now is the time to do so. The awards give concrete polishing contractors an opportunity to put their best foot forward and publicize their award-winning projects with architects, specifiers, and others in the construction community who might be undecided about what floor treatment to specify and install.
There are two major changes this year. We will divide each category into Existing and New Construction to allow entrants to compete on a level playing field. We also added a Concrete Countertops category. Winning projects will be featured in Concrete Surfaces and online.
Projects can fall within any of the following categories:
- Residential: single or multifamily structures
- Commercial: office buildings, sports and recreational facilities
- Industrial: manufacturing facilities, warehouses
- Retail: stores, restaurants, shopping centers
- Educational: school buildings, dormitories
- Institutional: hospitals, churches, government facilities
- Craftsman: decorative showcase projects
- New this year! Concrete countertops: kitchen, bath, and multipurpose countertops
Officials at Florida International University in Miami wanted a polished concrete floor without exposing the aggregate at its popular PG5 Market Station. To achieve this, contractor Artistic Services, of Pompano Beach, Fla., shotblasted the subfloor and applied a moisture mitigation membrane. Products used for the project included Mapei’s Ultra Top self-leveling, self-drying topping, and L.M. Scofield’s Gold and Inca Brown stains for color. L&M Construction Chemicals supplied FGS Hardener, PermaGuard SPS, and FGS Concrete Conditioner. The contractor and L&M provided the owner guidance and information for properly using a buffer for ongoing maintenance so the floor keeps its shine for years to come. This project was an entry in the 2011 Concrete Surfaces Polished Concrete Awards.