L&L: Changing the Language of Polished Concrete

When:  Jan 31, 2019 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (PT)
Associated with  Portland Oregon

Changing the Language of Polished Concrete; Succeeding at Architecturally Exposed Structural Concrete (AESC)


In the construction world, accurately articulating polished concrete’s structure, form, and esthetics is crucial to success, yet not enough members of the project team are fluent in the material’s language. Design professionals and contractors speak differently about polished concrete, and it could even be argued they do not view the material’s end function the same way. Their approaches to communication vary because of how they approach their respective roles in construction and are offset sufficiently that the path to clear instruction is lost and the owner, sold on polished concrete is instead given a less sustainable grind and seal. However, using quantifiable language for all project team members is possible and the outcomes are even better than you think.


Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:


Critique current practices for modern polished concrete construction and evaluate its impact on our planet with an overview of carbon emission rates and related environmental impact.


Describe new polishing curing technologies, and explain their real-world applications in construction, and how their implementation has affected material consumption, facility maintenance and initial construction costs.


Design and specify polished concrete with higher resiliency (sustainability) and shortened construction schedules using quantifiable, easy benchmarks as a foundational model.


Overcome language obstacles between designer and constructor and promote best design practices successfully to produce polished concrete assemblies that have a smaller economic, material and carbon footprint.


Chris Bennett, CSI is a construction sustainability expert with millions of square feet of floor finishes and slab construction under his belt. He has developed concrete and flooring specifications for Fiat Chrysler Automotive (FCA), Adidas, Liberty Property Trust, and others. He has lectured and trained at Universities, CSI/CSC events, and trade shows across North America speaking most recently at Construct in Long Beach California. Chris recently served on the National Master Specification (NMS) overhaul group for the Canadian Government and is co-author of A New Concrete Glossary: A Guide to Architecturally Exposed Structural Concrete (AESC) with Keith Robinson, FCSC, FCSI, Bill DuBois, John Guill, FCSI, and Rae Taylor, PhD. Chris has recently expanded his efforts in sustainability and entered the alternative transportation market with the firm Five at Heart where he serves as Head of Sales in North America.


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