Decorative concrete volunteer work done for the Durfee Innovation Society

Life Remodeled, a non-profit organization based in Detriot, Mich., Remodeled and transformed the former Durfee Elementary and Middle School into the Durfee Innovation Society. Volunteers from the Decorative Concrete Council and the Manufacturers Advisory Council of the American Society of Concrete Contractors completed an epoxy flooring project over the building’s old swimming pool.

Life reshaped

Located near downtown Detroit, Michigan, the old Durfee Elementary-Middle School has fallen into disrepair. Instead of deconstruction, Life Remodeled began the renovation and transformed the building in 2017 into what is now known as the Durfee Innovation Society. Part of this renovation concerned the school swimming pool. It was determined to be too expensive to maintain and they ultimately decided to fill it with space above it, about two steps down.

“We were fortunate to partner with Paul Albanelli and the talented members of the Decorative Concrete Council to bring this vision to life! “
Chris Lambert, Founder and CEO of Life Remodeled

Four years later, in March 2021, volunteers from the Decorative Concrete Council (DCC) and the Manufacturers’ Advisory Council (MAC) of the American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC) stepped in to volunteer their time and effort to the project. community – creating a splash with their expertise and artistic solution to what was once a bare concrete space, now aptly named “The Dive”.

Life Remodeled is a 501 (C) (3) non-profit organization that was founded in 2010 by a group of friends. They focus on the intentional and equitable revitalization of Detroit neighborhoods characterized by significant need and hope, creating long-term relationships and partnerships. CEO and founder Chris Lambert has seen the concept grow from those few friends to thousands of people leading six-day projects to clean up the areas around downtown Detriot. According to their website, 2021 will mark the last year they will work in the Durfee / Central community as they plan to start serving in a new area in 2022.

Decorative concrete volunteer work done for the Durfee Innovation SocietyLife Remodeled, a non-profit organization based in Detriot, Mich., Remodeled and transformed the former Durfee Elementary and Middle School into the Durfee Innovation Society. Volunteers from the Decorative Concrete Council and the Manufacturers Advisory Council of the American Society of Concrete Contractors completed an epoxy flooring project over the building’s old swimming pool.Life reshapedThe Durfee Innovation Society exists to create substantial and impactful opportunities for children, families and single adults in Detroit while advancing collaboration between eight major sectors (arts, business, education, faith, government, social services, media and philanthropy) in the city and its surrounding suburbs. A home for youth programs and community resources, the building is now 100% occupied with 39 tenants providing programs and services to over 17,500 Detroit residents each year in the areas of youth programs, jobs and community resources. The ‘opportunity center’ houses an auditorium, basketball court / gym, laundry service so children can wash their school clothes for free, study area, library and classroom. arcade with televisions and entertainment.

  • Provides educational support to over 2,500 children each year
  • Workforce Development Program, helping over 4,500 Detroiters find jobs
  • Health and wellness services for 10,500 children, youth, adults and the elderly

The DCC is a professional organization dedicated to focusing on the issues, trends and work of the decorative concrete industry, and meeting the needs of entrepreneurs who pursue this specialized market. Comprised of decorative concrete contractors who install decorative concrete, fabricators and other interested parties, DCC’s mission is to “advance decorative concrete contractors through education and networking.” The Durfee Innovation Society project marks its 10th project – the first being right after Hurricane Katrina. There are already two projects underway for 2022.

The CMA Board of Directors advises ASCC on matters relating to Associate Membership and suggests methods to add value to all membership opportunities.

Decorative concrete volunteer work done for the Durfee Innovation SocietyRick Lobdell of Concrete Mystique used a fan to move the colored epoxy around to create waves in the ground. For the more complex jobs, he uses a paintbrush to move the color and “paint” the white for the wavy foam.reshaped life | American Society of Concrete Contractors | Decorative Concrete Board

‘Diving’

Decorative concrete volunteer work done for the Durfee Innovation SocietyThe 143,000 square foot Durfee Community Innovation Center building was reused as a Life Remodeled project. Volunteer members of the American Society of Concrete Contractors worked on the building’s previously filled swimming pool – an area of ​​approximately 3,773 square feet.reshaped life | American Society of Concrete Contractors | Decorative Concrete BoardPaul Albanelli, president of Albanelli Cement Contractors, Livonia, Michigan, was the project manager for the installation of decorative concrete in the Life Remodeled building. The scope of the project was to apply a four-color metallic epoxy coating to resemble water, on a concrete slab in an old pool that had been filled in, with special effects on the steps and a handrail. Additional steps have been added to allow additional access to the space, the ramp acts as a beach completing the illusion of the ocean view.

Albanelli arrived on site earlier in the week to treat and repair surface cracks, using a solution donated by Roadware and the Euco Qwikstitch Quick-Setting Urethane Quick Crack and Chip Repair donated by The Euclid Chemical Co. After grinding and polishing for 1.5 days, the surface was finally ready for the colored epoxy coating – a donation also provided by Euclid.

With 17 years of experience, Rick Lobdell of Concrete Mystique began a creative work of designing water, beach and ground wave effects. About 12 volunteers from across the United States came to Detroit to help – not to mention all the extra support behind the scenes.

Decorative concrete volunteer work done for the Durfee Innovation SocietyLife reshapedVolunteers for concrete contractors say volunteering gives them the opportunity to practice their craft and the chance to experience new products they’ve never used before. For example, Lobdell had not used the epoxy from Euclid Chemical and found it very easy to use. He says he now uses it in projects all the time.

Although easy to use, as with everything in concrete construction, timing was of the essence and the volunteers had to start working immediately. The unsung hero of the story may very well be the willing mixer on the sidelines. The mixes had to be just right to give the necessary illusion of depth, and free of bubbles, while taking out the buckets in a timely manner. Once started, Lobdell explains, the project must be worked on at the same time – water, waves, etc. – to avoid casting lines.

“This project has created one of the most unique and innovative spaces in our entire building,” said Chris Lambert, Founder and CEO of Life Remodeled. “We asked community members as well as students who regularly participate in Durfee Innovation Society programming what they wanted to see in the old pool, and it was clear they wanted to keep some of the l ‘historical significance and nostalgia they felt in this We were fortunate to partner with Paul Albanelli and the talented members of the Decorative Concrete Council to bring this vision to life! ”

While the DCC and ASCC are looking for projects to do across the country that are generally aimed at helping children and veterans. However, you don’t have to wait for the call to action. They encourage you to reach out and get involved in your own community. It doesn’t have to be a big project – small things can make a big difference.

Decorative concrete volunteer work done for the Durfee Innovation SocietyConcrete volunteers and the grateful community.reshaped life | American Society of Concrete Contractors | Decorative Concrete Board

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