The Decorative Concrete Institute
Well here we go again on
the run. We are writing this newsletter
from our hotel room in Carol Stream,
IL while conducting a 5-day
training class for the AGC-Laborers Union.
More on this later (next month's newsletter).
When we fly home Friday evening, and after some serious
laundry and packing, Bob and Lee Ann leave on Saturday for the big cross
country motorcycle trip "Ride for the Cure 2008, Breast Cancer" (please visit
our website for donations). We can't
wait to share our experiences with you in our next newsletter.
Be sure to
check out the training available on our website:
Decorative Concrete Institute
May 19-20-21, 2008
May has proven to be an action packed month starting with
our Stamped Concrete Workshop. We had 10
motivated students, but I don't think they realized what the content of this
class consisted of.
The class started
off with the theoretical side with the do's and don'ts of stamped
concrete. After a 2-hour classroom
presentation, Bob and the students went out and placed the first panel of
concrete. By-the-way this panel was 17 cubic yards of concrete, stamped with a
soldier coarse boarder and seamless texture skins on the infield section.
Once this panel was stamped the class got an
education on form setting and shooting elevations and then we had training on
how to run a Bobcat. The second morning
started off promptly with saw cutting the previous day's pour for contraction
We then placed 8 cubic yards
complete with color hardener and stamped this section with large Ashler Slate. Once this panel was complete and after some
full bellies from lunch, 3 more yards was poured with some really cool themed
stamping in addition to pouring a set of stairs and risers.
The last day consisted of some decorative
score cuts, staining and sealing and I must say the work looks
spectacular. A couple of student's made
the comment that this was the most comprehensive training they have ever had
with a ton of hand-on experience. Great
Thanks to Brickform for donating the product for this class!
Floor Me Series -
May 28-29-30, 2008
After returning home from Memorial Day Weekend and right
into preparations for the arrival of Concrete Network's film crew, we started
on Wednesday filming for their new series called "Floor Me".
This will be some of the most comprehensive
material available relative to concrete related topics. This series is consumer related for many of
the questions that go unanswered
relating to potentially choosing concrete for their floors. Some of the important topics include: Is concrete cold or loud?; Does concrete
crack?; some of the sustainable (green) attributes concrete has; maintenance
concerns and choosing one system over the next, are just a few examples of what
will be covered throughout the series.
After some minor camera malfunctions, this was a brutal, yet awesome
experience with over 50 short independent segments filmed and oh by the way,
this was done in just over two days.
Stay tuned to Concrete Network for this new upcoming series. Bob and Lee Ann would like to pay a special
thank you to the Concrete Network team, Thad and Mike, you guys were an extreme
pleasure to work with during this intense schedule.
|Those Bells are Ringing (at last) for Bob and His Gal!
July 26, 2008
One last bit of information to share with you in closing
this month's newsletter, that if you can believe, it is not concrete
related. . .Bob and Lee Ann are finally getting hitched!
For those of you that are close to Bob and Lee Ann, you know
that this day would finally come, and yep it has come. They will "tie the knot" on July 26 at a
quiet ceremony on Bob and Lee Ann's property in Temple, GA. Can you believe it?????
We will be signing off for the next two weeks and can't wait
to share all of our experiences with you in the next newsletter.
|New Training Classes Added!
We have recently posted several new training classes to our website. Be sure to visit our training page for upcoming classes throughout 2008!
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.
DCI 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.