• Credit: Christina BeDell

  • The International Concrete Polishing & Staining Conference is the contest sponsor.

    Credit: ICPSC

    The International Concrete Polishing & Staining Conference is the contest sponsor.

Concrete polishing contractors face the difficult challenge of transforming someone else’s work into a finished project that requires final owner approval. This year’s Concrete Polishing Luncheon & Forum connected attendees with three speakers who shared tools, methods, and advice to help contractors better inspect jobsite conditions before polishing; collect jobsite work performance (or field experience) data including diamond wear and the number of passes made; and analyze work performance compared to jobsite conditions. Click on speaker names to watch their complete presentations.

Brandon Fiege, owner of BF Flooring Specialties, Huntington Beach, Calif.

Fiege began working in construction in the mid-1990s and has spent the last eight years honing his skills in specialty concrete with an emphasis in polished concrete. He discussed the tools he uses and information he includes when conducting pre-bid surveys, which can then be translated into work orders and daily job logs for his crews.

David Padgett, president of Concrete Polishing Solutions, Norris, Tenn.; founder of International Polished Concrete Institute

Padgett has been involved in shaping the polished concrete industry since 1996 with the development of the dry-polished concrete process, a method that applies techniques borrowed from the natural stone industry to concrete. He explained how to calculate a bid price, and how a pre-job evaluation can help contractors recover costs from problems that occurred before they actually got on the job.

Harry Gressette, owner of Ardor Solutions, Goose Creek, S.C.; founding board member of Concrete Polishing Association of America

Gressette has more than 35 years of experience in the concrete construction industry, and has measured, tested, experimented, and documented every aspect of the polishing process. His company is also a past winner of Concrete Surfaces’ Polished Concrete Awards. Gressette showed luncheon attendees how to collect, use, and share field operating data.