After the school was totally demolished from a tornado, the Alberta School of Performing Arts had to rebuild. Their goal was to incorporate sustainability while constructing an aesthetically attractive school within budget. Polished concrete floors offered the perfect combination of features to achieve this goal. The dust-free polishing process transformed the poured concrete floor surfaces into a finished floor with a stunning sheen and the ability to inhibit water and contaminants from penetrating the surface. The DiamondQuest system also incorporated a penetrating concrete densifier and surface protectant, ensuring durability throughout the life of the facility.
Through the use of polished concrete color dyes, the school’s designer was able to add graphics into the finished floor. The color and graphics were applied after the concrete was poured. Designs were cut into rubber stencil templates to mask the concrete one color at a time. The polished floor was then temporarily protected with felted vinyl sheeting until construction was completed. The use of polished concrete contributed to the LEED certification of the school by not employing VOC materials, the sheen increases the room’s ambient light and the technology increases the lifespan of the already existing concrete floors.
Kindergarten through eighth grade