Polished concrete is one of the most widely utilized floor systems. However, a successful outcome with this material in new construction is still unpredictable. It can be difficult to translate the expectations of building owners and designers into results, particularly with the overall ‘look’ of a polished floor and/or its durability.
The Calgary Chapter will hold a dinner meeting on October 9 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at The Winston Golf and Country Club. Chris Bierschank, sustainability manager with Mapei Americas, will be presenting on “Sustainability Programs – how are they changing the design and built world?”
CSC’s Edmonton Chapter will hold its monthly breakfast meeting on October 9 from 7:30 to 10 a.m. at the Chateau Louis Hotel & Conference Centre. Chris Bierschank, sustainability manager with Mapei Americas, will be presenting on sustainability and how it affects the flooring professional.
On October 2, the Toronto Chapter will have a dinner meeting at Toronto Cricket Skating and Curling Club. Paul Giangualano (BNE Contractors) will present on “Polished Concrete: Understanding, Specifying and Verifying.”
The Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence at York University, Toronto, won the Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition in the institutional category. Designed by ZAS Architects + Interiors, the project chose porcelain tile for its durability, low porosity, and stain-resistant properties.
The first step in the proper repair of a damaged concrete floor is a professional evaluation of the surface to identify the cause. Managers can realize significant savings, while simultaneously providing a long-term, low maintenance solution, contributing to overall property value.
Government regulations requiring co-ordinated changes to manufacturing, design, and construction practices with a single regulation are difficult for the industry to assimilate successfully. The banning of solvent-based adhesives was one such example.
Whether building a new facility or retrofitting an existing one, downtime can be a construction manager’s worst nightmare. It can interfere with the project’s overall productivity, creating delays that hold up multiple service providers from performing their duties.
Building owners and occupants frequently take it for granted floors will be squeak-free and structurally sound. The consistency and uniform performance of engineered wood makes it easier to build floors meeting these expectations.