Visitors entering Big Sandy Elementary School find themselves walking on top of the world map. This begins the "Seek-Explore-Find, Discover Earth" journey. Each major corridor explores different parts of the world and the animals indigenous to those habitats. Each character within the polished concrete floor was laid out using stencils and dyed by hand.
During the course of approximately eight weeks, a five-man crew equipped with three planetary grinders performed all of the diamond polishing and joint work while another two-man crew laid out all of the stencils and performed the detailed dye work within each piece of artwork.
The diamond polished concrete flooring was spec'd to use the Consolideck LS & LS Guard system with 20 different dye colors from three manufacturers, Consolideck, Ameripolish & L.M. Scofield. Progressive Fastening Hi-Tech materials were used on all joints, spalls, and floor repairs. Bama Signs & Banners of Tuscaloosa, Ala., provided the stencils used to bring the characters to life.
This project originally consisted of 46,912 square feet of diamond polished and dyed concrete flooring. The gymnasium was later added, which consisted of 4,449 square feet.
Upon completion, all parties involved were pleased. They knew that the finished product would capture the imagination of children for many years to come.