November 2009 Table of Contents

EDITORIAL COMMENT
Editorial Comment What Are You Doing?

The evolution of your business involves constant improvement by challenging the traditional concrete contracting business model. Rather than asking your peers “How are you doing?” perhaps the question should be “What are you doing?” Read more

FEATURES
Where Do We Stand? Features Where Do We Stand?

Each year, Concrete Construction holds its Annual Industry Roundtable prior to the American Society of Concrete Contractor's Annual Meeting. Following are some excerpts from the discussions. Read more

ICFs for Energy Efficiency Features ICFs for Energy Efficiency

Building a home that makes as much energy as it consumes requires extreme attention to detail and a willingness to do everything possible to minimize the building's power requirements for heating, cooling, hot water, and lighting. But some things just make more sense than others. Read more

DECORATIVE CONCRETE PROJECT OF THE YEAR
Flor De Vida Decorative Concrete Project of the Year - Winners Flor De Vida

This year's Decorative Concrete Project of the Year is Flor De Vida, which means “the flower of life” in Spanish. Read more

Decorative Concrete Project of the Year - Nominees 2009 Decorative Concrete Project Honorees

The ten 2009 Concrete Construction Decorative Project of the Year Honorees Read more

Decorative Concrete Project of the Year - Nominees Arkansas River Mural

The sidewalk was poured to replicate the shape of the Arkansas River from Fort Smith, Ark., to the Mississippi River. Read more

Decorative Concrete Project of the Year - Nominees Artista Plaza

The design for this water feature mimics crop and irrigation fields found across the Colorado plains. Read more

Decorative Concrete Project of the Year - Nominees Anchorage Museum

The 38,000-square-foot expansion of the Anchorage Museum in Alaska complements the museum's new “Gold” exhibit with dark gray matte floors. Read more

Decorative Concrete Project of the Year - Nominees Studio 15

T.B. Penick & Sons was contracted to construct a new affordable housing project in downtown San Diego's East Village neighborhood. Read more

Decorative Concrete Project of the Year - Nominees Booster Pump Station #179

A combination of monolithic-colored concrete slabs, integrally colored concrete walkways, and retaining walls create this unique setting in Scottsdale, Ariz. Read more

Decorative Concrete Project of the Year - Nominees Zinex Mining Corporate Office

Zinex Mining and the building designers wanted Liquid Stone Studios to do something dramatic with regard to the reception area desks and the bathroom vanity tops in the client bathroom. Read more

Decorative Concrete Project of the Year - Nominees True North

From the onset of this project, challenges were aplenty. The floor, located 20 feet below street level, had moisture problems. Read more

Brady Commons Decorative Concrete Project of the Year - Nominees Brady Commons

When University of Missouri campus administrators decided to renovate and expand the Brady Student Commons into a new Student Center, they wanted to improve the usability of the space and show some school spirit. Read more

Decorative Concrete Project of the Year - Nominees Red Rock Canyon Visitor Center

Armada Construction was hired to construct a Red Rock Canyon Visitor Center that would match the splendor of the actual Red Rock Canyon. Read more

Decorative Concrete Project of the Year - Nominees Specialty Shops on the Park

Incorporating decorative concrete into the modernization plan of one of Charlotte's most exclusive retail outdoor shopping plazas is a tall order. Read more

Decorative Concrete Project of the Year - Entries Woodland Elementary School

Woodland Elementary School will open fall 2009 for kindergarten through fifth grade, as well as Head Start and district offices. Read more

Decorative Concrete Project of the Year - Entries Waves of Wheat and Wine

The homeowners of this project, Tracy and Mark Halbersleben, live on the California coast and spend most of their summers in Hawaii. Read more

Decorative Concrete Project of the Year - Entries First Team Realtors

A welcoming round table awaits your arrival as a reception desk at First Team Real Estate in Newport Beach, Calif. Read more

Decorative Concrete Project of the Year - Entries Surfer Bath

The homeowners for this project live on the California coast, and spend most of their summers in Hawaii. Read more

Decorative Concrete Project of the Year - Entries Hudson YMCA

The Hudson YMCA's carpets were worn out and had visible stains and water damage, which hurt the building's overall appeal. Read more

Decorative Concrete Project of the Year - Entries Raising Cane's
Decorative Concrete Project of the Year - Entries Ranch House

Here is one of our latest retroplate diamond-polished, acid-stain jobs. Read more

Decorative Concrete Project of the Year - Entries Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyard

The building was constructed in a hillside with concrete masonry block and 832 yards of concrete as its starting point. Read more

Decorative Concrete Project of the Year - Entries San Elijo Nature Center

Zagrodnik + Thomas Architects, San Diego, designed the San Elijo Nature Center with the goal of increasing awareness and education of both the nature preserve and the environment. Read more

Decorative Concrete Project of the Year - Entries The Simpsons Ride (Universal Studios)

Universal Studios' The Simpsons Ride's decorative concrete surface began to crack and peel just two weeks after the attraction opened in May 2008. Read more

Decorative Concrete Project of the Year - Entries Sea World Manta "Ride the Flying Ray"

Edwards Concrete Company, Winter Garden, Fla., started the "Ride the Flying Ray" roller coaster at Sea World in Orlando, Fla., in January 2009 and completed work April 30, 2009. Read more

Decorative Concrete Project of the Year - Entries Hitchcock Residence

The concept for this project was to paint the ocean floor, including sand, shoreline, coral, and sea life, on the floors of this residence. Read more

Decorative Concrete Project of the Year - Entries Taylor Residence

When the Taylors of Upland, Calif., decided to remodel their kitchen, they wanted a project that reflected their personal and professional commitments to the green movement. Read more

Decorative Concrete Project of the Year - Entries Poolside Pergola

Rick Barba, the homeowner and owner of Barba Concrete, Frankfort, Ill., called Vertical Artisans, New Lenox, Ill., because he had some pillars he wanted to have decorated around his pool, and wanted Vertical Artisans to train his crew in vertical handcarved concrete. Read more

Decorative Concrete Project of the Year - Entries All Star Resorts

At a popular theme park resort in Florida, vacationers are treated to an all-star experience of their choice. Read more

Decorative Concrete Project of the Year - Entries Green Envy

This project by CounterCrete, Van Wert, Ohio, was completed November 20, 2008. Read more

Decorative Concrete Project of the Year - Entries Highway 275

This project started about three years ago, and may continue in the future, but is complete for now. Read more

Decorative Concrete Project of the Year - Entries Crossroads Community Church

Crossroads Community Church in Kearney, Mo., was an initially minor job that became a challenge for Lodder Concrete, Kansas City, Mo., due to an unlevel floor. Read more

Decorative Concrete Project of the Year - Entries Hart Project

This project by Unique Concrete, West Milford, N.J., includes a pool surround, connecting sidewalks, and concrete work on top of an existing elevated wooden deck. Read more

Decorative Concrete Project of the Year - Entries Cardinale Project

This project by Unique Concrete, West Milford, N.J., includes a pool area, a set of steps, and a connecting sidewalk. Read more

Decorative Concrete Project of the Year - Entries Snake Bite

This project by CounterCrete, Van Wert, Ohio, was completed in March 2009. Read more

Decorative Concrete Project of the Year - Entries Bouchard Residence

Joe Bouchard of Las Vegas came to Seasons Inc., North Las Vegas, Nev., after a flood ruined his hardwood flooring. Read more

Decorative Concrete Project of the Year - Entries Sunroom

The first step in this project was finding a desirable brick for replication. Read more

Decorative Concrete Project of the Year - Entries The Design Center

Cement Elegance, Bend, Ore., used GFRC technology with fiberglass mesh on the surface and back to create the large 3/4-inch-thick facade cladding panels on this fireplace. Read more

Decorative Concrete Project of the Year - Entries White Beauty

This project was completed June 4, 2009. Read more

Decorative Concrete Project of the Year - Entries Coronado Rotary Plaza

Rotary Park, in Coronado, Calif., is a centrally-located triangular spot along the city's main avenue. Read more

Decorative Concrete Project of the Year - Entries Salt Man

The Dri-Rite Company, which packages salt and oil-absorbing products, wanted to remodel the front entrance of its Chicago location. Read more

Decorative Concrete Project of the Year - Entries Concrete Tile

This project by Concrete Dream Works Ltd., Calgary, Alberta, Canada, was completed on an existing driveway pad that was approximately five years old. Read more

Decorative Concrete Project of the Year - Entries Nazarro Project

This project by Unique Concrete, West Milford, N.J., was constructed to support a very large motor home. Read more

Decorative Concrete Project of the Year - Entries Residential Fireplace

This residential fireplace was made entirely out of concrete. Read more

Decorative Concrete Project of the Year - Entries Union Hill

The Union Hill Homes Association contacted Artistic Concrete Surfaces, Olathe, Kan., because it wanted to revive its historic area in concert with the revitalization of the rest of downtown Kansas City. Read more

Decorative Concrete Project of the Year - Entries Burton Residence

The pool coping, planters, and wall caps on this project by Ozark Patterned Concrete Inc., Lowell, Ark., were colored using bone color hardener and sand release, then imprinted with slate skins, and jointed to provide a cut stone appearance. Read more

Decorative Concrete Project of the Year - Entries Campbell's

This project by Colour, Placerville, Calif., began with an almost 80-year-old floor that was so deteriorated it looked like old exposed aggregate. Read more

Decorative Concrete Project of the Year - Entries Chateau Victoria - Clive's Lounge

This project was a major renovation of Clive's Classic Lounge and the public washrooms at the Chateau Victoria Hotel & Suites in Victoria, British Columbia. Read more

Decorative Concrete Project of the Year - Entries Chino Creek Wetlands and Educational Park Center

Beeson Masonry and Concrete Inc. had the opportunity to participate installing a pervious parking area for the Chino Creek Wetlands & Educational Park Center in Chino Hills, Ca., in part with the Inland Empire Utilities Agency. Read more

Decorative Concrete Project of the Year - Entries Cub Foods

When a new Cub Foods was being built in Eagan, Minn., the owners decided polishing was a smarter and more cost-effective option than tile or stained flooring due to its durability and ease of maintenance Read more

Decorative Concrete Project of the Year - Entries Downtown Civic Space

Located in the heart of Phoenix, this project was designed by the architectural team at EDAW. Read more

Decorative Concrete Project of the Year - Entries The Fallout Art Co-op, Studio 3

This project is located at The Fallout's art co-op building in Studio 3, which is used for performing arts. Read more

Decorative Concrete Project of the Year - Entries The Fallout

This project was done at the The Fallout's urban art center building, in a room off the art gallery. Read more

Decorative Concrete Project of the Year - Entries Horton Farms

A Running Bond Cobblestone imprinted concrete drive between natural stone walls leading to a board-imprinted covered bridge provide the entry to Horton Farms. Read more

Decorative Concrete Project of the Year - Entries Johnny McGuire's

Johnny McGuire's is a deli in Las Vegas that Floor Season Inc., North Las Vegas, Nev., was contracted to do in Las Vegas in May 2009. Read more

Decorative Concrete Project of the Year - Entries Marriott Camelback Inn

The Marriott Camelback Inn is located along the prestigious Lincoln Drive in Paradise Valley, Ariz., which is home to some of the most luxurious resorts in the southwestern United States. Read more

Decorative Concrete Project of the Year - Entries Mavarkis Custom Water Structure

This custom structure was built for a client ON-CRETE concepts did previous overlay work for. Read more

Decorative Concrete Project of the Year - Entries MedAmerica Billing Services Inc.

Renovations of the MedAmerica Billing Services office in Modesto, Calif., by Concrete by Hallack, Turlock, Calif., began with the removal of the tile and carpet flooring. Read more

Decorative Concrete Project of the Year - Entries Mexico Bath

The clients for this project once lived in Mexico. Read more

Decorative Concrete Project of the Year - Entries Pacific Wok

Pacific Wok is a Japanese-style dine-in or takeout restaurant with a unique look and feel. Read more

GREENSITE PROJECT OF THE YEAR
CC's GreenSite Projects of the Year GreenSite Project of the Year - Winners CC's GreenSite Projects of the Year

A project was chosen as CC's best of 2009 in each of the following categories: Best Landscaping Project, Best Industrial Project, and Best Transportation Project. Read more

Harold D. Rider Family Media, Science & Fine Arts Center GreenSite Project of the Year - Winners Harold D. Rider Family Media, Science & Fine Arts Center

With the addition of the Harold D. Rider Family Media, Science & Fine Arts Center, Elgin Academy of Elgin, Ill., set for itself some lofty goals. Read more

Progressive Concrete Works Inc. GreenSite Project of the Year - Winners Progressive Concrete Works Inc.

To quell the frustration and annoyance of traffic in the Phoenix metropolitan area, the city of Glendale (Ariz.) constructed a new park-and-ride facility across the street from the Arizona Cardinals' stadium. Read more

High Concrete Group GreenSite Project of the Year - Winners High Concrete Group

When precast fabricator High Concrete Group, Denver, Pa., decided to construct a $4.1 million, 16,200-square-foot maintenance building, it wasn't a big surprise that they went with precast concrete. Read more

RESIDENTIAL CONCRETE
Converting Builders Residential Concrete - Features Converting Builders

People in the concrete construction industry tend to believe the values and benefits of concrete make it the best for home construction. But structural concrete is a difficult concept to sell to owners, architects, and builders for many reasons. Read more

Concrete for Sustainable Housing Residential Concrete - Below The Grade Concrete for Sustainable Housing

When you consider that residential structures contribute 21% of all the CO2 produced in the U.S. and commercial structures add another 18%, it stands to reason the construction industry and its products play a critical role in sustainability. Read more

READER RESPONSE
Reader Response Letter to the Editor

Read Thomas Adams', American Coal Ash Association's Executive Director, Letter to the Editor about how an EPA ruling on fly ash could affect the concrete industry. Read more

NEWS & EVENTS
Bauma 2010 is Coming Soon News & Events Bauma 2010 is Coming Soon

Bauma 2010, the 29th International Trade Fair for Construction Machinery, Building Material Machines, Mining Machines, Construction Vehicles, and Construction Equipment, will take place April 19–25, 2010, at the New Munich Trade Fair Centre in Munich, Germany. Read more

ACPA 2009 Award Winners News & Events ACPA 2009 Award Winners

The American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA), Skokie, Ill., announced the winners of its 20th Annual National Excellence in Concrete Pavement Awards. Read more

ERLIN & HIME ON CONCRETE
Hime & Erlin On Concrete An Expansion That Failed

We have learned to live with drying shrinkage, one of the scourges of concrete, and have learned to accommodate it, compensate for it, control its magnitude, and dissipate stresses associated with it. Read more

SLABS ON GRADE
Ensuring Success Slabs on Grade Ensuring Success

Ultimately, success means getting paid on time. If the owner and general contractor are both solvent and reputable (items one and two on the due-diligence checklist), then the flatwork subcontractor's success will depend most upon the owner's satisfaction. Read more

DECORATIVE CONCRETE
Stamps for Patterned Concrete Decorative Concrete Stamps for Patterned Concrete

Most decorative contractors buy stamps because they want a new pattern—perhaps something realistic or aesthetic—to add to their offering. Few contractors consider the stamps' physical properties, but they should, because there are differences between products that can affect your work. Read more

JOBSITE PRODUCTS
HCCS HeavyBid Jobsite Products HCCS HeavyBid

Make the bidding job easier by automating the process with HeavyBid. Read more

Maxwell Systems QuestMX 8.6 Jobsite Products Maxwell Systems QuestMX 8.6

QuestMX 8.6 combines the company's Estimator, Digital Takeoff, and Earthwork programs into one system. Read more

Sage North America Project Lifecycle Management Jobsite Products Sage North America Project Lifecycle Management

This Web-based collaborative project management service platform simplifies workflow with accessible information and documentation. Read more

Jobsite Products ProEst Estimating 2010

ProEst Estimating 2010 combines an intuitive user interface, easy-to-use screens, and estimations into one program. Read more

PRODUCTS SOLVING PROBLEMS
CPR Saves Oklahoma Freeway Products Solving Problems CPR Saves Oklahoma Freeway

A survey of the Oklahoma City section of I-44 proved to the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) that it was in desperate need of repair. Their solution: concrete pavement restoration (CPR). Read more

PROBLEM CLINIC
Using Stainless Steel Tie Wire With Standard Rebar Problem Clinic Using Stainless Steel Tie Wire With Standard Rebar

Can stainless steel tie wire be used with standard rebar? Read more

Problem Clinic What Yield Can Do For You

I've heard guys on jobsites talking about yield and they don't mean “get out of the way.” Is this something I should care about? Read more

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