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.

Issue link:

Contents of this Issue


Page 45 of 87

Left The Saban Media Center, in North Hollywood, California, the new state-of-the-art home for the Television Academy and its foun- dation, was provided decorative concrete walls, paving, steps, and precast linear pavers by Trademark in accordance with the design by Studio- MLA. The decorative cast in place walls (inset) are tinted with an Ash White color hardener, and lightly washed to ex- pose the fine sand. The concrete paving consists of uncolored concrete with a light sand finish achieved through the applica- tion of a water-based, top-surface retarder. The white accents were created by seeding 3/8" to ½" white diameter aggregate. The precast linear pavers are Narrow Modular pavers in Granada White color. Right The decorative concrete work for the motor court at the newly opened Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills consists of two colors of concrete in combination with natural stone. The white portions employed a dyed color hardener with a sand finish. The dyed green banding was seeded with a 3/8" to ½" diameter crushed green stone aggregate. Precise- ly placed saw-cut joints, accomplished with diamond blades, prevent random shrinkage and cracking while adding to the impact of the design. 46 LC DBM on elevated decks – is offset by new com- puter programs that offer support to land- scape architects. And as urban infill and vertical gardens become more popular, Boyer says the use of 3D modeling may eventually be re - quired in project submittals. But though technology is helping shape the field, it shouldn't take all the credit, says Boyer. "With respect to decorative concrete, the level of detail and finesse required to achieve beautiful concrete work is only attainable with a skilled, hardworking crew of craftsmen," he says. "Decorative concrete relies on the skill level of the craftsman more so than a piece of equipment. It requires the knowledge of integral color, dry shake color harden - ers, use of surface retarders, stamping and texturing concrete, (and more)." Looking forward, Boyer says the great - est challenge in the field will be finding innovative ways of meeting design intent. Accomplishing this, he says, will take a combination of technology and talent. "Technology coupled with skilled con - crete craftsmen makes it possible for us to overcome challenges." It's a sentiment The Concrete Protec - tor's Fowler agrees with. Although decorative concrete has been around for decades, he says tradesmen are continuing to find innovative ways to work with it. As the field continues to evolve, he expects its workers to become better equipped through trade organiza - tions, certifications and proper training. "In some ways, it's a new, burgeoning industry," says Fowler. "Because of the ex - citement about decorative concrete, a lot of landscapers and painters have jumped in on it and maybe not been as qualified. Some of the less competent people who are not fit for the industry will fade away. Artisans or tradesmen are the ones who will endure in the industry." Fowler says there are two main factors driving the growth of decorative con - crete: cost and the environment. For cus- tomers, decorative concrete is significant- ly cheaper than removing and replacing old concrete. And of course, modifying an existing space lessons the environmental impact of a project too. "Sometimes in the past, with concrete the tendency would be to call a flatwork

Articles in this issue

Archives of this issue

view archives of Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain - MAR 2018