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Architectural Concrete Wins Top Prize

Monday, February 15, 2016

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Baker Concrete Construction, of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, wowed the judges of the Decorative Concrete Council's Decorative Concrete Awards competition with a striking architectural concrete installation at a Santiago Calatrava-designed project in Florida.

The company received the WOW! Award as best overall project for its work at the University of South Florida Polytechnic 555 Building.

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Images courtesy of American Society of Concrete Contractors

Baker Concrete Construction was awarded top honors for its work at a Santiago Calatrava-designed project in Florida.

The design included an elliptical-shaped structure highlighted with exposed concrete raker portals as well as concrete polished floors, according to the award announcement.

The award competition is in its eighth year and is organized by the Decorative Concrete Council, a specialty council of the American Society of Concrete Contractors. Baker Concrete along with nearly 30 other winning companies were recognized during a ceremony at the World of Concrete, Feb. 2 in Las Vegas.

Wow Award Honor

The Decorative Concrete Council further described the USF Polytechnic project as follows.

The first architectural concrete constructed were retaining walls with integral concrete seating caps, the announcement explained. These walls defined the building’s perimeter from the reflection ponds and total one mile in length. 

The main building’s architectural concrete began with 142 column portals spaced at 8 feet on center in a curving layout, framing the endless hallway and supporting the second story of the building’s perimeter.  The shape of these portals required triangular bracing between two columns, using self-consolidating concrete to monolithically pour. After column construction, the second-level elevated beams and slabs were completed and followed by polished concrete ground floor slabs. 

Additional Winners

Other winners in the competition were:

Cast-In-Place Stamped, Over 5,000 square feet

  • 1st Place, T.B. Penick & Sons, San Diego, CA, for Main Street Temecula Bridge
  • 2nd Place, Bulach Custom Rock, Inver Grove Heights, MN, for Edina Promenade
Main Street

Main Street Temecula Bridge

Cast-In-Place Stamped, Under 5,000 square feet

  • 1st Place, Greystone Masonry, Stafford, VA, for Creative Addition
  • 2nd Place, Salzano Custom Concrete ,Centreville, VA, for The Nokesville Residence

Polished, Over 5,000 square feet

  • 1st Place, Texas Bomanite, Dallas, TX, for Preston Trail Community Church
  • 2nd Place, Bay Area Concretes, Livermore, CA, for Stanford Linear Accelerator

Polished, Under 5,000 square feet

  • 1st Place, Concrete Mystique Engraving, Nashville, TN, for Legacy Learning Studios
Legacy Learning

Legacy Learning Studios

Overlays Under ¼ inch, Over 5,000 square feet

  • 1st Place, Concrete Coatings, Hammond, LA, for Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino Biloxi
  • 2nd Place, Sundek ADT Coatings, Arlington, TX, for Sunnyland Furniture

Overlays Under ¼ inch, Under 5,000 square feet

  • 1st Place, Salzano Custom Concrete, Centreville, VA, for Contemporary Summer Retreat
  • 2nd Place, Premier Veneers, Shelby Township, MI, for Rochester Hills Residence

Overlays ¼ inch - 2 inches, Under 5,000 square feet

  • 1st Place, Honestone, Tuggerah, North South Wales, Australia for Hype DC Huntsville

Cast-in-Place Special Finishes, Over 5,000 square feet

  • 1st Place, Tom Ralston Concrete, Santa Cruz, CA for Aruba Residence
  • 2nd Place, Trademark Concrete Systems Inc., Oxnard, CA, for a private residence in Los Angeles
Aruba

Aruba Residence

Cast-in-Place Special Finishes, Under 5,000 square feet

  • 1st Place, Trademark Concrete Systems Inc., Oxnard, CA for Kaiser Panorama City
  • 2nd Place, Angus McMillan Concrete Ltd., Hastings, New Zealand for Mangakino Skatepark

Vertical Application, Under 5,000 square feet

  • 1st Place, Colorado Hardscapes, Denver, CO for Mehaffey Park
  • 2nd Place, Bulach Custom Rock, Inver Grove Heights, MN for Scheels Shopping Mall

Concrete Artistry, Under 5,000 square feet

  • 1st Place, Sinclair Construction Group, Marietta, GA for Stealth
  • 2nd Place, Concrete Mystique Engraving, Nashville, TN for Arthur Patio

Multiple Applications, Over 5,000 square feet

  • 1st Place, Trademark Concrete Systems, Oxnard, CA for Tarbut V’Torah Community Day School
  • 2nd Place, Colorado Hardscapes, Denver, CO for Johnson Habitat Park
Tarbut

Tarbut V’Torah Community Day School

Multiple Applications, Under 5,000 square feet

  • 1st Place, Tom Ralston Concrete, Santa Cruz, CA for Santa Cruz Roundabout

Stained, Under 5,000 square feet

  • 1st Place, Hyde Concrete, Pasadena, MD for Canapp Residence
  • 2nd Place, ADT Coatings, Arlington, TX for Alex Akuagua Residence

Architectural Concrete, Over 5,000 square feet

  • 1st Place, Baker Concrete Construction, Ft. Lauderdale, FL for USF Polytechnic 555 Building

Architectural Concrete, Under 5,000 square feet,

  • 1st Place, Scottworks Construction, Friday Harbor, WA for Floating Landing

In a new category, Project Video, Tom Ralston Concrete won 1st place for a video of the Santa Cruz Roundabout project.

The Decorative Concrete Council is composed of contractors, manufacturers and suppliers of decorative concrete products. The Council is dedicated to improving the technical and business expertise of the contractors that pursue this specialty market. 

For information about the 2017 awards program visit http://www.ascconline.org.

   

Tagged categories: Aesthetics; American Society of Concrete Contractors; Architecture; Awards and honors; Concrete coatings and treatments; Concrete polishing; Concrete stamping; Decorative concrete; Design

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