The Decorative Concrete Institute
Are you looking to break into the decorative concrete world? Or, perhaps, are you a seasoned
veteran of the business looking for new ideas and to sharpen your skills? We have training opportunities available for everyone! We've just added several new classes.
Be sure to
check out the training available on our website:
Decorative Concrete Institute
Well, they say, better late than never!
Who the heck is this "they" person anyway? What a busy, but great summer it has
been. Let's get busy catching back up on
everything that has transpired around this joint.
|Laborer's AGC Training in Chicago
June 2 - June 7
We were fortunate to be asked back to the Laborers AGC
training in St. Charles, IL.
The interesting aspect of this training was the fact we were training
the already ACI certified instructors how to properly install high-end
decorative concrete applications so they could in turn go back and instruct
their apprentices. The main topics during
this intense four-day training included cast in place concrete countertops,
skim coats, stamped concrete with both seamless and pattern stamping as well as
stained concrete. This was a motivated
group eager to learn new techniques helping them take there training to a new
level. A special thanks to Darrel Daigle
as well as the Chicagoland Facility for hosting this special event. It was a pleasure working with, and training
|More Pics from AGC Laborer's Training
|Filming Tool Segments for Concrete Network
June 13 - June 15
The Concrete Network sent their team to shoot footage for a
new section they will be offering on the Concrete Network website. Stay tuned for more in the upcoming weeks and
visit their website at www.concretenetwork.com
|DCI Launches 3 new sections of the website. Student of the month, the upcoming on-line video training, and a virtual tour of DCI.
Recently while talking to one of our student/friends at a
DCI class it dawned on us that we needed to acknowledge and pay tribute to the
wonderful students that take this business seriously enough to invest in
education. It was during this discussion
of our now first ever student of the month Ed Gruetzner, we felt compelled to
tell Ed's story and launch this new section.
Please click on the "Student of the Month" section to hear Ed's
story. We will continue to periodically
run the student of the month so who knows, possibly we will see you in this
section in the future.
Often we receive phone calls and emails from different parts
of the world from people that cannot make the big trip here in addition to many
people asking about our showroom and class information. We thought it would be fun to give a virtual
tour of the DCI facility showing some of the interesting finishes that our
staff and students have worked on in the short time frame we have been at our
new facility. Click on the "Tour DCI"
button on our web site.
Also, check out our new section of the website called "Video
Training". As we embark on global
decorative concrete training, we want to make quality training as accessible as
possible. For this reason, we are now
offering on-line training. Not only will
the DVD's be available, we will also have a live series version. Stay tuned for the live series as well as a
very interesting project that will knock your socks off!! That's all we can say
|Boy Scout Camp in Kentucky
Role reversal is a great thing. This was an eventful week of son teaching
father all kinds of wonderful scouting techniques. Rob had one of his Boy Scout
outings at a beautiful lake in Kentucky. I was very impressed with all of the scout's
skills and must admit, I learned a few skills as well. Thanks for a great week, but it sure was nice
to get back to a real bed!
|Private Training at DCI for Well-Known Industry Firm
This was an intense two-days of education, both with
classroom and hand-on training for the company Prosoco. Topics included an overview of the decorative
market as well as densifiers and polished concrete. The firm is an already well-established
company dating back to 1939 with custom formulations of specialty cleaners and
protective treatments for masonry and concrete. They are coming out with
several new products that will make an impact in the decorative concrete arena.
Stay tuned, you will be hearing more about Prosoco not only with their new
product line but their awesome existing line of products!
|Pensacola Air-Show/Fishing Trip
This was a wonderful weekend of great fun in Pensacola Florida.
We were fortunate to spend a couple of days of relaxing while watching the all
mighty Blue Angels perform. In addition,
the red snapper fishing was awesome as Lee Ann's mom Baba and son Rob
Also, I think little Isabella has
the upper hand on all of the rest (no, that's not her Bud lite!).
Cardone Family Visit
July 26 - July 29
The cool thing about this business is the relationships that
are spawned, many of which will last a lifetime. This is the case with Dom Cardone (alias "The
Concrete Impressionist") and family Janine, not so little any more, Dom, Nick,
Petey and Tomasina.
Here are the kid's
version of having fun -
- and the adult's version of having fun. Lee Ann and I enjoyed our time with you
DCI-West and DCI-Europe Converge for Colormaker Workshop at DCI
July 29 - August 1
Wow, what a class it was!
The DCI staff and students were very fortunate to have additional guest
instructors during this class. Mark Haen
of Adobe Coatings (DCI-West), Mike Archambault and Frediric Ljung of Moderne
Methode (DCI-Europe) were here for additional support. This class really shined with some
unbelievable designs as the pictures show. The group was able to work with ColorMaker Floors Pentimento and
Sgraffino, as well as several different coloring systems helping them take
their work over the top. Great job guys and special thanks to Mark, Mike and
Fred for your help. Can't wait for
future DCI trainings around the world.
Also, thanks to Victor Pachade of ColorMaker Floors for you and the
support of your company.
(Hey Ed, please let Kevin know that his work on my scope
Bob's new DVD on Stained Concrete and More is now available! Please contact DCI for more information!
DCI-West will be collaborating on a "unique advanced training" in San Diego with friend Melanie Royals of Modello Design Studios. This class will be involved with pouring roughly 700 square feet of ColorMaker Floors Pentimento as well as working with their other products on this high end floor. Don't miss this opportunity to work with skim coats and some mind blowing Modello stencils. Class size will be limited so don't miss this exciting opportunity September 19-21.Click here to register
That's it for now! Thanks for reading!!!
The Decorative Concrete Institute continues to
provide consulting, education, installation and
training to marketplaces across the United States
and Internationally. DCI places its focus on
Architects, Artists, Concrete Finishers, Faux
Finishers, General Contractors, Interior Designers,
Ready Mix Producers, etc. to bring them knowledge
and offer advice on the demands of Interior and
Exterior Architectural Design.
has worked with and continues to work with a diverse range of
industry professionals catering to the individual needs of each
project focusing on products and designs that are conducive to
the particular environment they are working in. DCI consults with
on-the-job applications and installations and provides the technical
expertise to complete jobs successfully.