Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

MAR 2018

LC/DBM provides landscape contractors with Educational, Imaginative and Practical information about their business, their employees, their machines and their projects.

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by Michelle Thompson, for LC/DBM Above T.B. Penick & Sons received the top prize from the American Society of Concrete Contractor's Decorative Concrete Council awards this year for The Atlanta Botanical Garden project. The Georgia garden included a mosaic made of natural pebbles, which were glued upside down to a netting offsite. "The mosaic is then placed in fresh concrete where it is finished into the surface. The glue then de-activates and the netting is removed leaving the pebbles in place," says the ASCC's membership director Todd Scharich. "The surface of the concrete is retarded to allow the contractor to wash off the cap, exposing the artwork. This leaves a surface that is beautiful, but also a monolithic pour and structurally sound." (Photo courtesy T.B. Penik & Sons) T The world of decorative concrete is taking on a futuristic twist as it turns to robotic technologies, innovative mod - eling techniques and even drones to shape new projects. As the popularity of cast-in-place concrete work reaches new heights, so too does the ambi - tiousness of the craftsmen leading the charge. "As we go along, I think the industry will be more focused on training, and developing, artisans and tradesmen," says Will Fowler, marketing director for The Concrete Protector. "There are definitely some very talented contrac - tors out there doing this." Decorative concrete refers to cast-in- place concrete that's enhanced through color, texture, or forming techniques. With regard to landscaping, it's typical - ly applied to flatwork, planter or seat walls, stairs and water features. "Its versatility, durability, sustain - ability and aesthetics makes it a top choice; desirable for architects and landscape architects," says Trademark Concrete Systems Inc. president Lance Boyer. "It is becoming increasingly specified because of the seemingly end - less variations of colors and textures that are available through so many dif - ferent application methods," he says. 44 LC DBM The Forefront of Decorative Concrete IMPROVEMENTS Material

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