Concrete Coatings, Texas-based Sundek's dealer in New Orleans, was charged with beautifying the newly built Armed Forces Retirement Center in Gulfport, Miss. The center, erected to house the retired and disabled veterans, has more than 19,000 square feet of terraces and courtyards, as well as a pool deck. Six men and 22 days of maximum effort produced a splendid result.

The project was broken down into five areas throughout the property. The front terrace, which consists of two wings and 9000 square feet, is a Sundek Classic acrylic spray texture system in random tile design with Smoke Gray grout accompanied by Oyster White, Pewter Gray, and Cumberland tiles. The second and third floor courtyards, which encompass 1800 and 2400 square feet, respectively, are monochromatic random tile designs in Oyster White. The 6000-square-foot pool deck consisted of Oyster White.

"After meeting all of the OSHA requirements and the terraces scarified, prepped, and cleaned, the real work could begin," spokesman Joe Primavera says. "The layout for this project was the most labor-intensive endeavor we have ever tackled. Sundek installers put down more than 100,000 linear feet of 3/8-inch fibered tape, only to turn around and cut thousands of feet out to get the desired pattern. Keeping track of which lines to cut or keep constant was brain overload. After the design was complete, texture, prep, and spraying began with the three colors. The end result made all the long days well worth the effort invested in the project."

After 14 days on the terraces, the other areas proved to be a much easier task, Primavera says.

"We again donned our yellow vest, hard hats, and safety glasses and proceeded to knock out the other three areas in an eight-day span," he says. "On the second and third floor courtyards, we installed the same pattern as before, with the exception of the color changes. Twenty-two days of moving material, general contractors, subcontractors, stairs, out-of-service elevators, parking issues, 12- to 14-hour days, hotels, and safety inspectors can wear a crew down.

"Yet at the end of the day, it was all worth it as Sundek will be enjoyed by those who have fought for our country and our lives. That is truly rewarding."