Kent Companies: Strategic and Artistic Concrete Polishing Project

As part of a two-month long series highlighting impressive and noteworthy polished concrete projects, the below story kicks off the myriad of customer features with a bang!

Kent Companies is a 3rd generation, family-owned business that specializes in all aspects of concrete construction, concrete pumping, floor underlayments and treatments, decorative concrete, high performance coatings, concrete polishing and staining, concrete lifting, foundation stabilization and restoration, facilities services, concrete and masonry restoration and waterproofing. Kent Companies is headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan and has operations in Detroit, Michigan; Dallas, Texas; central Ohio and Charlotte, North Carolina. The Kent Companies team has built a reputation as “Leaders in Concrete.”

This is the first of three project highlights by Kent Companies, so be on the look out for the other two coming up in the next few weeks.

Project Overview

In this job, Kent Companies elevated a state-of-the-art athletics facility into a source of campus pride though the strategic and artistic application of concrete polishing techniques. The DeVos Fieldhouse at Hope College is a 102,000 square foot building that houses the college’s athletic training program as well as the home court for the basketball and volleyball programs. Kent Companies created a concrete stain of the Hope College logo and polished 16,000 square feet of concrete within the facility.

Initial Challenges

The project involved strategic scheduling in order to meet stringent deadlines from the college.  Kent ran two crews, and the team worked in 24-hour shifts for the first week of the project.  The second and third week of the project posed additional challenges as the crew worked around volleyball schedules and athletic matches in the facility.   The effort required precision in scheduling, workmanship and a clean, safe project site.

Results

As a result of a strategic partnership with Hope College, Kent Companies completed the 16,000 square foot staining and polishing project within 3 weeks.  Products used included Ameripolish multicolor dye, Consolideck Prosoco densifier and guard and HTC floor grinders, diamond tooling and Fenix pads.

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