West Career & Technical Academy in Las Vegas, NV, is the newest technical academy in the Clark County School District opening to students for the first time this 2010–2011 school year. The school district’s architect originally spec’d a pigmented color stain for the floors similar to what had been used at some of the other academies in the district but the floors had not been holding up due to the wear and tear.

We were selected to finish the floors and while meeting with the general contractor, Sletten Construction, and the school district, we recommended using a polished concrete floor for its durability and finished look. We submitted samples and did mockups on-site in the gymnasium that was under construction. The architect’s plans called for five different colors to be used in the eight different buildings totaling more than 50,000 square feet.

Once the colors were approved, a crew of eight from our decorative team set out working on the project for the next eight weeks. We used Scofield’s Formula One system for both the dyes and polishing the floor. The areas that we colored and polished ranged in size from 5,000 square feet to 11,000 square feet in the cafeteria. The cafeteria was a particular challenge as we wanted to ensure that the finished color and polish was consistent throughout the floor. In preparing the floors, we used a terrazzo grout for joint filler to ensure we had a smooth working surface. Some of the floors had oil stains from trade damage that were not visible until the dyes were applied. We were able to use faux techniques to blend over the stains and make them less noticeable.

The school district was so pleased with the final product that they are working on creating a polished concrete spec for future projects.