Here’s a really cool story I’m working on.
When the floor polishing sub-contractor had to leave unexpectedly, Cori Sutton, 27, daughter of the project’s concrete contractor Tom Maya, Maya Brothers, Inc., Erie, Pa., jumped in to save the day.
One slight problem — she knew little about polishing concrete beyond some hand polishing of concrete countertops.
The job was an expansion of the Erie Art Museum. The photo above shows the floor in what later became the museum’s “New Wave Cafe” coffee shop.
Maya Brothers poured all the concrete, but when the floor polishing sub departed, the concrete contractor and his family decided it might be simpler to create their own new company, headed by daughter Cori, than try to find another qualified sub on super-short notice.
After all, she’d been around concrete all her life.
The result — a new company, Diamond Designer Concrete, Inc., Cori Sutton, president.
It helped that Niagara Machine Inc, a supplier of top-line concrete grinding and polishing equipment was just down the street from the musuem. Along with supplying Cori with the gear she needed (including PROSOCO products, natch), Niagara Machines rep Chris Keyes went to the job site and provided the on-the-job training and expertise Cori and her 5-man crew, which included her brother Matt Maya, needed at every step.
It also helped that Cori was a great student.
“Cori jumped in with both feet,” Chris said. “She was attentive, asked questions and did the work. You can’t do something like this unless you’ve got the heart for it. I never doubted for a minute that Cori could handle it.”
“I found the whole process — turning an ordinary gray concrete floor into something beautiful and unique — fascinating,” Cori said. “I didn’t do all the grinding and polishing, though. My brother Matt provided a lot of the muscle.”
The “beautiful and unique” floors also helped the museum capture a 2010 GreenSite project of the year award for sustainable building practices. The award cited the polished floor for “enhancing the project’s sustainable platform” by “eliminating carpet and mastic floor covering, eliminating the slab sawcutting process, and using all local materials and products.”
The GreenSite Award project is a joint venture of Concrete Construction and Concrete Producer magazines.
This is just a quick preview of the story. More details coming up!