Defining Decorative Concrete

Biotechnology-Science-Engineering Building, University of Texas, San Antonio Braaksma Design, Denver, Colo.  Braaksma often uses concrete without color additions and exposes the local aggregate. Here, she compels our interest with science symbols embedded in the polished floor.

Biotechnology-Science-Engineering Building, University of Texas, San Antonio Braaksma Design, Denver, Colo. The three-dimensional cast GFRC balustrade pieces use the same science symbols that are on the floor. The 3x21-foot-long panels had to match the curve of the building.

Mariner's Church Plaza, Irvine, Calif. Trademark Concrete Systems, Ventura, Calif. The plaza's concrete surface with sand reveal is attractive and functional. It is part of a 46-acre church campus that serves as a center for social and religious activities.

Mariner's Church Plaza, Irvine, Calif. Trademark Concrete Systems, Ventura, Calif. Color hardener achieves bright color cost effectively. The Tile Red, Caution Yellow, and Wedgewood Blue colors keep the spirit in this play area.

Discovery Canyon Middle School, Academy School District 20, Colorado Springs, Colo. Colorado Hardscapes, Denver A battered concrete wall and science symbols in this 6000-square-foot plaza symbolize geologic time periods at Discovery Canyon Middle School.

Discovery Canyon Middle School, Academy School District 20, Colorado Springs, Colo. Colorado Hardscapes, Denver Topical blue, red, gold, and turquoise stain illustrates DNA strands in the Proto Plaza section.

Cinema 11 Theaters, Anderson Calif. Concrete by Gasser, Redding, Calif. Ralph Gasser custom designed patterns for the Cinema 11 floors—the camera, reel of film, and show tickets, including one that looks to have been torn in half.

Cinema 11 Theaters, Anderson Calif. Concrete by Gasser, Redding, Calif. Over half of the project—the 11 theaters, the restrooms, and the hallways, required a change in elevation.

7 for all mankind, Vernon, Calif. Demmert and Associates, Glendale, Calif. Design standards for the jeans company, 7 for all mankind, were met with Greg Demmert's beautiful transformation of the 30-year-old concrete floor.

The European Village Resort, Palm Coast, Fla. ArcusStone Distributors, Florida/Caribbean ArcusPlaster includes limestone fines and gives a unique European old-world mottled plaster look.

Towers of Kenwood, Cincinnati, Ohio Architectural Concrete Systems, Lockbourne, Ohio The work included the high-traffic building entrance and specified Lithocrete with black glass banded by aqua and cobalt blue glass.

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