Showing that the acceptance of concrete polishing is gaining favor with the design community, Don Brown and his team at Brown Contracting Inc. in Eugene, Ore., won first place in the Commercial Division at the Oregon Concrete & Aggregate Producers Association/American Concrete Institute's Excellence in Concrete program. The annual awards salute the best industry professionals working with
concrete in southwest Washington and Oregon.
Brown Contracting worked on the entire 30,000-square-foot floor installation at the Market of Choice grocery store in Eugene. After placing, finishers integrally colored the concrete with multiple colors and gradations of local river rock, marble, and glass aggregates seeded into the surface.
Subsequent to water curing, the marble and glass were exposed, polished, and hardened. The result was a “green” flooring option for environments such as supermarkets.
Convincing the owner of a polished concrete floor's value was easy. “Considering the medium- to long-term floor maintenance savings and payback, as well as surface durability for retail foot traffic, high traction certification through the National Floor Safety Institute, and the shear ‘awe' power of the look, no other flooring option measures up,” says Brown, the contractor.
Brown and his team used the FGS/PermaShine process which is a dry-grind installation method used to conserve water and eliminate messy slurry disposal at landfills. The Green-Spec-listed system contains no VOCs. The high-gloss finish, in conjunction with the surface application shake-on pigments during concrete placement, can significantly increase light reflectivity. This reduces the need for lighting, lowers overall energy demands of the building, and provides Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) potential for building teams.
Contractors wanting to learn how to become certified in the FGS/Perma Shine dry polishing system should telephone L&M Construction Chemicals for more information at 800-362-3331. You can visit the manufacturer's Web sites at www.lmcc.com or www.fgs-permashine.com .