Abstract Concrete wins first place in Restoration Contest

05/25/09

I am pleased to announce that Abstract Concrete took first place for Interior in the 2008 Concrete Decor Magazine Restoration Contest.  The project was located at the Detroit Water Building in downtown Detroit.  You can read more about the project by clicking on the project profile located on our homepage. The article can be found... more

 


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Abstract Concrete featured at World of Concrete

Abstract Concrete was selected to demonstrate cutting edge decorative concrete techniques at the World of Concrete Artistry in Concrete event in Las Vegas.  Our creative designs and innovative techniques as a leading installation company was recognized by, and led to our selection by Concrete Construction Magazine, the event sponser. To read the article visit Concrete Construction Magazine



Restoration Project: Detroit Water Board Building

The Art Deco-styled Detroit Water Board Building has been a familiar part of Detroit's skyline since October 1928. The completed building reflects the trend toward simplification of forms typical of the Jazz Age. Standing 23 stories, it is comprised of a five-story base, a 15-story shaft, and a three-story penthouse. Beyond the first floor lobby, the customer service center is awash in cream-colored marble on the walls and pillars that frame the inner entrance.  The historic Detroit Water Board Building customer service center was undergoing a major restoration to return it to it's former glory when Abstract Concrete was called to the task of restoring the floor.  Originally, the floor consisted of a limestone common to the era, but over the years had seen various floor coverings, the latest being an unattractive VCT tile.  Replacing the flooring with the original limestone would not be an option because this replicate stone would be difficult to locate and cost prohibitive.

Our task was to install a floor that would compliment the deco of the marble walls.  For this we used a troweled overlay that we would scribe the pattern into and stain.  But first we had to tackle the issues with the substrate.  Once the existing floor, layers of mastic and patch materials were removed, we found a substrate with a maze of cracks unlike we had ever seen.  The concrete slab of the era was a floating slab, and the construction technology was not as refined as it is today.  To deal with this problem, and to prevent further flooring problems in the future, a special micro doweling polyurea-urethane hybrid was used to mend the cracks.  While this solution is not foolproof, it is the best technology available today to deal with the problem.  The special crack filler penetrates deep into the concrete and remains flexible to inhibit further crack formation or re-cracking.

The most complicated task of the project involved re-constructing the entrance with the addition of a wheelchair ramp to bring the building compliant to ADA standards. This was done and the flooring installed was seamlessly integrated.

The flooring consisted of a troweled concrete overlay with a scribed pattern, and stained to compliment the existing marble in keeping with the deco art appearance of the customer service center. A clear UV stable epoxy topcoat finished the surface.