Once a year, the “World of Concrete” honors the best concrete and epoxy projects of the year with their “Crews that Rock” contest. Projects are rated on several factors including quality of craftsmanship and creativity. There are several categories that include projects performed with epoxy and concrete flooring finishes. Bödenkraft was chosen as a finalist out of thousands of companies in the US and Internationally for a decorative concrete and epoxy floor that it performed as community service that was a not-for-profit project.
The project that had caught the attention of the judges was Bödenkraft’s MercyFirst Project. Bödenkraft was contacted to help renovate a classroom at the MercyFirst home. MercyFirst, which was founded in 1894 by the Sisters of Mercy and provides care for children in need including abused and neglected children; young adults without a family; and families coping with poverty, domestic violence, mental illness and substance abuse.
“The thought of creating a theme environment that offered these abused children a comforting environment, motivated us and made this a very special project,” noted Fernando Franco Technical Director for Bödenkraft. Mr. Franco also explained, “One of our challenges was the existing asbestos tile. We decided to encapsulate the tile with multiple coats of decorative concrete. Then with designer pigments, special epoxy and tools, we created a Caribbean beach theme with an ocean effect that was unbelievably realistic.”