April 2007 Table of Contents

How Do You Decide? Editorial Comment How Do You Decide?

When I walk into a Starbucks, I find I have a lot of decisions to make. What do I order? I can't just walk up and order “coffee.” Read more

Paving in the Fast Lane Features Paving in the Fast Lane

Walsh Construction Co., based in Chicago, has been at work on the Dan Ryan Expressway for the last two years getting perimeter walls in place and paving entrance and exit ramps. Read more

Unclogging An Urban Artery Features Unclogging An Urban Artery

Urban planning legend Daniel Burnham once said, “Make no little plans.” He would be proud of the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), which currently is reconstructing the Dan Ryan Expressway through the heart of Chicago. Read more

Hotels Are Hot Features Hotels Are Hot

Although concrete has been a primary material in hotels for many years, there has been a shift toward newer techniques, especially for mid-rise hotels. Hotel construction today often uses tilt-up concrete and insulating concrete forms. Read more

Ralph Gasser Artistry in Decorative Concrete Ralph Gasser

Involved in the concrete industry for more than 45 years and architectural and decorative concrete for 35 years, many refer to Gasser as one of the grandfathers of the decorative movement. Read more

Julie Thompson Artistry in Decorative Concrete Julie Thompson

Thompson said her company got started by accident. “I saw a chemically stained floor in an Einstein Bagels store and wanted the look in our new home,” she recalls. Read more

Wayne Sellon Artistry in Decorative Concrete Wayne Sellon

For the past 15 years, father and son duo Wayne and Morgan Sellon have focused primarily on the residential home market, installing decorative wall surfaces, and interior and exterior finishes over almost any substrate to simulate rock masonry and wood be Read more

Ben McCarthy Artistry in Decorative Concrete Ben McCarthy

He is part of a 5-year-old family owned company. His mother is the president, his sister serves as the estimator, his father manages the structural portion of their contracting business, and McCarthy handles the decorative concrete portion, which is mostl Read more

Tommy Kolleck Artistry in Decorative Concrete Tommy Kolleck

Now the company owner, Kolleck is the fourth generation in the 1939-founded family business. Read more

Randy Klassen Artistry in Decorative Concrete Randy Klassen

Klassen's father started their company in 1956. Randy took over the reins in 1986 when he finished his college education with a degree in education. Over the next five-year period, he switched the focus of their business from plain concrete flatwork to de Read more

Tamara Taylor-Clark Artistry in Decorative Concrete Tamara Taylor-Clark

Taylor-Clark started her company in 1999 to do furniture painting and quickly graduated to lime plasters and cementitious materials to complete her current frescos and artwork. Tamara comes from the art world and therefore doesn't place concrete or do any Read more

Mark Foreman Artistry in Decorative Concrete Mark Foreman

Foreman is also a partner in Apex Concrete Designs whose principal decorative product is stamped concrete. He started AK-4 a couple of years ago to focus on diamond polished concrete. Read more

Janet Brown Artistry in Decorative Concrete Janet Brown

Janet Brown asked her son, a fifth year architecture student, to design a complete bathroom that would be on the cutting edge of design and would fit in a 10x10-foot space. The result was a truncated spiral wall that leads you in a circular path to a show Read more

Chris Becker Artistry in Decorative Concrete Chris Becker

Becker became very interested in decorative concrete and in 2002 decided to start his own construction company. He reports that it was the hardest thing he has ever done—being glad that he didn't know this when he began. Read more

Dave Blasdell and Scott Hogue Artistry in Decorative Concrete Dave Blasdell and Scott Hogue

Blasdell and Hogue don't work together on contracted projects but they team up to provide training for contractors in the northwest and both of them love to do themed concrete work. Read more

Handheld Breakers Tools for the Concrete Pro Handheld Breakers

Governmental regulations are forcing manufacturers to change the way breakers are made, reducing vibrations felt by the operator and noise heard by those nearby. And new technologies are making breakers lighter and more powerful than ever before. Read more

Safety with Saws Tools for the Concrete Pro Safety with Saws

A cutoff saw is an essential tool for every concrete contractor. Read more

Going Cordless Tools for the Concrete Pro Going Cordless

You probably own all the corded tools you need to perform your company's work. So why would you discard that investment to buy into the latest cordless trend being promoted by tool manufacturers? As it turns out, there are many good reasons to go cordless Read more

News & Events Technology Performs

As architects and builders look for sustainable solutions and new ways to work with concrete, it is more important than ever to understand innovative products. Read more

News & Events Your Online Career

The American Concrete Institute (ACI) announced the launch of its all-new ACI Career Center. Read more

News & Events TCA Announces New Board

The Tilt-Up Concrete Association (TCA) announced the election of its board members and officers for the 2007 year. Read more

Dig Smart News & Events Dig Smart

The Common Ground Alliance (CGA) recently launched a new national “Call Before You Dig” Web site. Read more

News Briefs News & Events News Briefs

Concrete used to halt mud flow from volcano, termites attack concrete in Malaysia, carbon-dioxide emissions from concrete decreased, Concrete Technology Forum announced and more. Read more

Reality Check on Measurements Tolerances Reality Check on Measurements

Tolerances are critical and must be addressed. But like many other things, this issue boils down to communication. Read more

Engineering A to Z, Part 1 Tilt-Up Engineering A to Z, Part 1

Site cast tilt-up—a construction method in which concrete wall panels are cast onsite and tilted into place—has gained rapid acceptance in recent years due to its speed of construction, cost-efficiency, and advanced architectural treatments. Read more

Silicosis: The Silent Construction Disease Safety Matters Silicosis: The Silent Construction Disease

Construction zones are dangerous; we all know this. We wear hardhats to protect our heads and gloves for our hands, but what are we doing to protect our lungs? Read more

Formwork in Hotel Construction Products Solving Problems Formwork in Hotel Construction

Three hotel projects around the country are using formwork. Read more

Problem Clinic Cold-Weather Cracking

We have had a number of slabs placed in our area lately that are experiencing severe surface cracking. Our finisher says it's the concrete's (and therefore the ready-mix producer's) fault. The ready-mix producer says it is a result of failure to follow ap Read more

These Women Get It Women in Concrete These Women Get It

Women may be a minority at World of Concrete, but gather them all together and you'll have one noisy room. That's because there are a lot more women in the industry to talk to now more than ever. Read more

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