Decorative Concrete Council

Decorative Concrete Council to Celebrate 20th Year in 2018

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The Decorative Concrete Council (DCC), a specialty council of the American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC), St. Louis, Mo., will be 20 years old in 2018. Made up of concrete contractors that install decorative concrete, manufacturers and other interested parties, the mission of the DCC is to “Advance Decorative Concrete Contractors through Education and Networking.” “The DCC is the only professional organization dedicated to focusing on the issues, trends and work of the decorative concrete industry, and to meeting the needs of contractors who pursue this specialty market,” says Todd Scharich, decorative concrete specialist for the ASCC.

The council is overseen by an elected board of directors. Members of ASCC can choose to join the DCC for no additional fee and have the added benefit of all the resources, expertise and reputation of the ASCC supporting them.

Membership in the DCC includes a number of member benefits specifically designed for decorative concrete contractors.

  • Manned by Scharich, a telephone hotline provides answers to technical questions on decorative concrete design and construction.
  • An annual international awards program showcases the best in decorative and architectural concrete projects.
  • The opportunity to network with leading decorative concrete contractors, consultants and suppliers.
  • Ability to give back through participation in community projects around the country.
  • Answers from your peers to business and technical questions where you could use the experience and expertise of other contractors.
  • A professional safety program.

“The DCC is ‘our group,’ made up of fellow concrete contractors and suppliers. The reception and wealth of knowledge available to the members is unmatched,” says Scott Truax, CSolutions of GA. “It is easy for me to say, “echoes Tom Ralston, Tom Ralston Concrete, “but I can tell you that the DCC has someone in every nook and cranny available to help you with answers to questions regarding our industry, and they will do so without hesitation and with exuberance.”

The Council will kick-off its 20th year with a party at World of Concrete on Monday, January 22, dedicated to celebrating the anniversary.

The DCC is composed of contractors, manufacturers and suppliers of decorative concrete products.  The Council is dedicated to improving the technical and business expertise of the contractors that pursue this specialty market.  For more information go to http://www.ascconline.org or call (866) 788-2722.

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Decorative Concrete Council Upgrades Pearl Harbor Memorial

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Volunteers from the Decorative Concrete Council (DCC) and the Manufacturer’s Advisory Council (MAC), traveled to Oahu, Hawaii, August 7-11, 2017 to replace a vinyl “sticker” of a map of the Pacific War 1941-1945 with a version in concrete. The DCC and MAC are specialty councils of the American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC), St. Louis.

Clark Branum, Diamatic, USA, San Diego, CA was the project coordinator for the installation. The project consisted of removing the existing vinyl map and substrate, and replacing it with new, colored concrete. Stencils were then used to mask the land masses and text prior to sandblasting the surface.

Assisting DCC and MAC volunteers and staff were soldiers stationed at Pearl Harbor, part of the Concrete Preservation Institute (CPI) Field School. The CPI Field School at Pearl Harbor is a U.S. military career skills program that preserves landmark structures and monuments while training active duty military service members for transition into civilian management careers and skilled trade jobs.

The new concrete map provides a safe walking surface, more uniform coloring and clean, crisp labels. Companies supplying tools, materials and manpower were Increte Systems, McMahon Contracting, Ruttura & Sons, Superior Gunite, TAS Commercial Concrete, Lehigh Cement, Martin Concrete Construction, North S. Tarr Concrete Consulting, Bekaert, BuildSite, ChemMasters, Stego, Decorative Concrete Resources, Diamatic, Innovative Construction Concepts, and Concrete Design Solutions New England.

The DCC is the only professional organization dedicated to focusing on the issues, trends and work of the decorative concrete industry, and to meeting the needs of the contractors who pursue this specialty market.  Made up of decorative concrete contractors that install decorative concrete, manufacturers, and other interested parties, the mission of the DCC is “Advancing Decorative Concrete Contractors Through Education and Networking.”

The MAC board advises ASCC on matters relating to associate membership and suggests methods of adding value to all membership opportunities.

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