Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

MAR 2018

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Above The renovation of the Hollywood Park Casino in Inglewood, California, included the use of black and white concrete that extends from the exterior to the interior lobby. Trademark Concrete Systems of Southern Cali- fornia used a lithochrome color hardener on the black portion, which was lightly washed to expose the sands. The white concrete consisted of white ce- ment, white sand, and white rock. A top surface retarder yielded a fine sand finish on it. March 2018 45 "There has never been a better time to be involved in the decorative concrete industry. We see decorative concrete be - ing used extensively to define exterior and interior spaces. While concrete in many places is seen as mundane or just a backdrop to a beautiful landscape, at Trademark, we think of concrete as art - work that can complement and enhance landscape. "Watching the two unfold hand in hand until both are complete is an exciting part of the job that we hope all designers get to experience." You might consider Boyer a trendsetter of sorts; he's been working in decorative concrete since 1986. Throughout the past three decades, he's been an outspo - ken advocate and educator for decorative concrete. Trademark Concrete has held workshops, and collaborated with indus - try professionals, in a successful attempt to help the field grow. Today, he says, landscape architects, architects and property owners appreci - ate the value and versatility of decorative concrete. "The landscape architects and architects in Southern California have realized the potential of decorative concrete for many years and are driving innovation through their creative designs," says Boyer. "We are excited by the challenges posed by their visions. Going back and revisiting projects that are five, 10, 15, even 25 years old speak to design trends at the time and helps teach newer generations on what works and what doesn't." Sometimes, he adds, revisiting past projects can spark new ideas that help push the boundaries of modern decora - tive concrete. Of course, technology is playing an in - creasingly large role in the field too. Ro- botic technologies are helping improve production and accuracy, says Boyer, while drones are surveying project sites to create 3D models. Technology is also implemented with data pulled from CAD files, and used in imaging and layout for designs, he adds. The increased complexity of designs – many projects in Southern California are Above A Concrete Protector team used decorative concrete to transform this patio. The company's marketing director Will Fowler says customers are increasingly choos- ing to work with existing concrete, rather than removing old concrete and starting from scratch. (Photos courtesy of The Concrete Protector)

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