LP Field Fun Zones by Concrete Mystique Engraving, Nashville, Tenn.
The contractor applied a green polyaspartic coating over 13,000 square feet, followed by broadcasting a green flake over the wet coating to make the floor look like a football field. It’s located in the Tennessee Titans’ stadium.
Godsey Chattanooga by Concrete Mystique Engraving, Nashville, Tenn.
The judges called the finishes for these three basement bedrooms “wild” and “unique.” The contractor engraved the three spaces with separate designs that match fabric patterns in the rooms, and then used metallic-colored epoxy coatings.
Big Sandy Elementary School by Jeffco Concrete Contractors Inc., Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Jeffco polished and dyed almost 47,000 square feet of flooring, and laid out, stenciled, and hand-dyed various graphics to engage children. Beginning with a world map in the entry, each hallway explores a different part of the world.
Kapnos by Hyde Concrete, Annapolis, Md.
This Greek restaurant wanted a floor with a tribal feel. Hyde Concrete used an enormous custom stencil to create a swirled smoke motif. The contractor used 117 stencils averaging 5x3 feet to cover 1,650 square feet. The concrete was stained in two separate layers in two colors.
Highway 101 by T.B. Penick & Sons Inc., San Diego
T.B. Penick & Sons created eight “pathways of well-being” throughout Solona Beach using quarried stone finish and sawcuts. Applications included seeded aggregate, sedimentary walls, and stains. Bicycle chains and brackets were embedded into a wall that serves as a meeting place for cyclists.
Turowski Pool Deck by Tom Ralston Concrete, Santa Cruz, Calif.
This is also the WOW! Award winner for best overall project.
Dunn Loring Metro by Sundek of Washington, Chantilly, Va.
The contractor installed this overlay on the fifth floor of a high-end apartment complex after some residents had already moved in. The classic texture system, with its array of patterns and blended colors, complements its urban setting.
Brentwood Dental by Concrete Mystique Engraving, Nashville, Tenn.
The contractor raised the floor 3/8 inch and started with a clean, white canvas before adding hand-cut templates of aquarium animals and staining water areas. Children use 3D glasses to enjoy the floor, which helps ease their anxiety.
Charlotte Rescue Mission by Concrete Mystique Engraving, Nashville, Tenn.
The contractor said this floor was “nasty” before the overlay installation, which occurred during a 16-hour training class. The facility is a haven for people trying to stop using drugs; the dove design provides hope and inspiration.
Kennekuk County Park Environmental Education Center by Creative Construction by Design, Danville, Ill.
The GC placed and finished 7- to 8-inch-slump concrete. So when polishing began, Construction by Design performed three passes at 30-grit metal bond diamonds and three passes at 80. The crew densified at 800-grit resin and polished to 1,500. The contractor used four- to seven-layer stencils for each image; all were air- or hand-brushed without gel.
Nike at The Grove by Mark Beamish Waterproofing, Anaheim, Calif.
Nike wanted a seamless floor with random, yet balanced aggregate, to mimic the look of natural concrete. This floor makes the argument for polished concrete in retail. This project is also a 2013 Polished Concrete Award winner.
Eden Park Pump Station by Patterned Concrete of Cincinnati, Fairfield, Ohio
The park’s design called for staining a 5,000-square-foot CIP formlined wall—ranging from 10 to 25 feet tall on a sloping hillside—to match an 80-year-old stone pump house. Stone depth was 1 inch with recessed concrete remaining as the grout joint; the contractor stained areas of exposed stone in a multicolored pattern.
Fort Stanton Recreation Center by Hyde Concrete, Annapolis, Md.
The architect wanted a vibrant floor to match the recreation center’s lobby. After grinding, layout, sawcut, and masking—while ensuring seamless tape lines—the contractor used an HVLP sprayer to apply acetone dyes.
Wasserman Building, UCLA by Morley Construction Co., Santa Monica, Calif.
No surface requirement is more demanding than this one. This six-story building’s walls were the first to be constructed, and the schedule required the architectural concrete elements to advance with cores and freestanding walls, reaching 100 feet abovegrade.
Tennessee Concrete Association—Net Zero Bldg by Flex-C-Ment, Picayune, Miss.
Flex-C-Ment provided an attractive stone and wood look for this campus building during a live demonstration. Visitors saw the installation first hand, from scratch-coat to stamping to the intricate post-coloring process.
The entries were judged by Heather Brown, Ph.D., Middle Tennessee State University; Concrete Construction’s William D. Palmer Jr.; Chris Sullivan, ChemSystems Inc.; and John Strieder, Concrete Décor magazine. Concrete Surfaces, Concrete Construction, and Architect magazines sponsored the awards.