Archive for August, 2010

Spark Up Your Concrete

Too often is concrete overlooked as what could be valuable a design element when working on a job site.  With its dull grey appearance, concrete can be transformed into a lively piece of artwork or even colored to blend into the landscape.

 Today’s market trends has added a twist to concrete, not only by adding color to camouflage the monotone grey, but also by adding designs through various techniques.  One such method, concrete stamping, can deliver the desired look of something really expensive for just a fraction of the cost.

Herringbone Decorative Concrete StampFor example, what looks to be hundreds of bricks is simply a stamp applied to the concrete and then treated with the appropriate color overlay to give the Brick Herringbone effect.

Fan Decorative Concrete Stamp

Or you could create a fancier pattern with the use of the Limestone European Fan stamp, this provides a dramatic effect to the concrete project by bringing life to what was once a simple slab of concrete.

Many Consumers worry that the color treatment will affect the sturdiness of the slab, this is NOT true.  Quality brand concrete color from companies like L.M. Scofield or Butterfield does not weaken the concrete.  If anything it makes it more attractive and inviting.

So don’t be afraid to experiment on your next concrete project and if you have any questions call one our decorative concrete experts at 713-799-1150.

View all our available decorative concrete stamps.

A Talk with Area Cities

SMPS Houston held a luncheon Thursday, August 26, to discuss upcoming projects in Houston, Sugar Land and Humble, Texas. The presentation included project information and project funding efforts in the three cities and the surrounding areas. The program featured the City Manager of Humble, Sugar Land’s assistant City Manager and the Chief Design and Construction officer of Houston.

The three city officials discussed the economic impact on the number of jobs in their communities and on projects. The City of Sugar Land will begin five new projects in 2011, but many others were stopped due to the lack of funding. Houston will be requesting RFQ’s for three projects that are over five million dollars in the next 30 days. A commercial development will begin construction in the next year in the City of Humble and the city also looks forward to the addition of the metro rail system.

University of Houston Design Build Program

Houston, Texas

Each year the Graduate Design/Build Studio at the University of Houston conceptualizes and builds a project for a local Houston non-profit organization. This summer the graduate students constructed an outdoor amphitheater for T.H. Rogers School.

CMC Construction Services has donated products to the project for more than five years. This year, Branch Manager, Terry Cook (51) agreed to donate the rebar, formwork, ties and other accessories for this project.

Jessica Williams (51) detailed the project and David Moland (51) assisted in the formwork solutions.

Jessica said about the project:

“I believe it is a good opportunity for students who will soon be professionals to get the personal experience of a construction project of this magnitude.  It’s also a positive way for CMC Construction Services to give back to the community.”

Click here to view a video on the project

Envirofocus Technologies

Tampa, Florida

Walbridge and Devon Industrial Group are constructing a lead smelting facility in Tampa, FL for Envirofocus Technologies. This will be the only plant of its kind in the Sunshine State and will create over 120 jobs in the Tampa area.  The entire facility will be built to meet gold standards under the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.

CMC Construction Services in Tampa is providing Meva Imperial and Symons’ Steel Ply for the structures, which include a storm water tank, heavy foundations, and retaining walls.  In addition to the forming, the Tampa branch is supplying Shepler’s Premium Release, Shep 309 Rez-All, Stego Vapor Barrier, RX101T waterstop and PNA Dowels along with many other items.  Jason Ringdahl and Tom Duhaime are handling the forming with great support on accessories from the crew at the branch in Tampa.

In the end, the 300,000 square ft. building will contain a lead production facility, industrial warehouse, shipping and receiving facility, and water-treatment plant.  Due to the environmental impact of the plant, all water will be retained and treated on-site. The site will also include a utility building, fire pump house and hygiene building, containing showers, locker rooms and offices.

Boeing Assembly Line Expansion

Image of Boeing Dream Lifter in North Charleston

Last fall, Boeing announced plans for a major expansion in South Carolina. The company is creating an assembly line for 787 Dreamliners in North Charleston that will be located adjacent to Boeing’s existing facility in North Charleston.

The company is building a 800,000 ft2 final assembly plant that is expected to bring 9,500 new jobs to the area. The value of the project is $800 million and is the 12th joint venture project that partners Turner Construction and BE&K as the project’s general contractor.

CMC Construction Services has rented Meva Lite and Meva Imperial for tunnels. Our Charleston branch has also sold numerous products including Shep 1107 Premium Grout, Stego, PNA Diamond Dowels, PD3 baskets, Shep 309 Rez-All, Shep Farm Fresh and other accessories.

Several CMC affiliates are supplying product and services including CMC Cary Engineering, CMC South Carolina Steel and CMC Rebar. Thanks to the Charleston (82) branch and Chris Cessac for their hard work on this project.

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