Decorative Concrete at the Crossroads
I got started in the decorative concrete industry in the early 1980s. In the past 25 years, this subset of the much larger concrete industry has been growing—recently exponentially.
Has Concrete Repair Work Changed in 50 Years?
When Zera Construction began in 1957, a cubic yard of concrete cost approximately $12; today a basic mix is $70 to $80.
Quantum Leaps in Slab Construction
When I think back on changes in concrete slab construction during my 50 years,...
The Laser Revolution
When laser technology was first developed in 1960, manufacturers scrambled to...
Diamond Tool Impact on the Concrete Market
Cutting concrete with diamond tools began in North America in the late 1940s when...
In the early 1960s small line pumps came out of the grout and plaster business....
Fiber Reinforcement Makes Good Concrete Better
The concrete industry was introduced to the benefits of synthetic fiber...
The first U.S. use of post-tensioned concrete was on the Walnut Lane Bridge in Philadelphia in 1949 with precast post-tensioned girders. The first post-tensioning in buildings was in the late 1950s in lift-slab construction.
Fifty Years of Shotcrete Progress
Shotcrete has been around for 100 years. While the early gunite, or dry-process...
For a concrete man, Chicago was a great city in which to work and learn.