It took almost a year and a half to finalize almost 100,000 square feet of space, but the Petersen Automotive Museum is back. The famous Los Angeles landmark houses some of the most recognizable and interesting works of vehicular art in the world.
When buildings like this are rebuilt from the ground up, the ground is the most important piece of the equation. Mark Beamish Waterproofing created a polished concrete look that helped patrons get from vehicle to vehicle and soak in every inch of chrome and steel. Using Ardex Polish Concrete Topping (PC-TTM), they created more than 100,000 square feet of showcase floors on which many of the most iconic cars in the world are displayed. They also completed miles of lineal cementitious patching where walls once stood, and while the phased project took nearly a year to complete, the scope of work was around five to six months.
The job required us to level the floor with some areas being 2 inches deep. There were some areas on a ramp that required us to pour the Ardex PCT on a slope, requiring unusual manipulation of the material to get it to stick to the slope. Before they polished, they had to pull off the job for three months allowing the Ardex PCT to harden to its full strength making it more difficult to stain and polish.
They were asked to provide a custom stain of the white Ardex PCT. The stain was to be a gray, but not a standard gray from most dye color charts. This required custom mixture of acetone and colorant with a random spraying technique. Also they had to provide two installations of stain due to the hardness of the concrete. The first installation was after the second cut of metals and the last was before the last steps of resins.
MBW is honored to execute the vision of the architecture team at Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) and create a true showstopper of polished concrete, breathtaking architecture, and unbelievable automotive machinery.