Architectural & Structural Concrete

Architectural Concrete: Design and Beauty Meet Form and Function

Because architectural concrete is on permanent display to the public and your visitors, Marr B. Olsen’s tradespeople give these projects a special level of attention to ensure that the finished job remains useful and attractive for many years to come. We understand the importance of precision. That’s why we use a combination of modern and classic techniques to ensure you have the look you want that will last a lifetime.

Together, we will design your finished project to match the aesthetic touch you need to make the perfect blend of appeal and function. Our architectural concrete expertise can apply to a number of projects, including:

  • Stamped Concrete: patterns and textures that mimic brick, slate, stone, or wood for patios, driveways, and walkways.
  • Exposed Aggregate: reveal the aggregates (stones, pebbles, or shells) in the concrete surface to provide a textured finish perfect for driveways, pathways, and pool decks.
  • Concrete Countertops: custom-made countertops that fit specific designs to offer unique, durable, and affordable alternatives to natural stone applications.
  • Vertical Concrete: create walls, facades, and other vertical elements with a wide variety of textures and designs.
  • Decorative Overlays: thin layers of decorative concrete applied over existing concrete surfaces to refresh or transform their appearance.
  • Concrete Furniture and Fixtures: furniture pieces like benches, tables, sinks, and bathtubs, often with unique designs and finishes.
  • Artistic Installations: let your imagination go wild with concrete sculptures, murals, and other artistic installations, perfect for making a lasting impact in public spaces.
  • Green Roofs and Walls: provide structural support and enhance the aesthetic appeal of buildings while promoting sustainability.

The Three Keys to Architectural Concrete

We believe there are three keys in delivering a quality architectural concrete project.
  1. Proper Planning and Preparation: We ensure that the design and specifications are thoroughly reviewed and understood before starting the project, and that the site has been properly prepared for installation. We only use the highest-quality materials to ensure the strength and beauty of the finished project.
  2. Quality Workmanship: We apply the right materials in the right conditions, giving every project the attention to detail that ensures your project will be dazzling and functional for years to come.
  3. Collaboration and Maintenance: All our customers are informed of how we’re working, why we make the decisions we do, and what sort of maintenance they’ll need to perform to keep their project looking fresh and performing to their specifications. We stand ready to answer questions and hope to be your long-term partner for the lifetime of your project.
In every instance, architectural concrete is a durable, low-cost, versatile solution that will remain beautiful and functional for many years, without the maintenance costs of other systems.

Structural Concrete: The Foundation of Projects that Last

Your structural concrete projects are among your most important investments. Ensuring that you have professionals making the right decisions along the way is vital to completing your construction on time, and within budget. We use the latest techniques coupled with years of experience across a variety of concrete installations. That makes our structural concrete work some of the highest quality, longest lasting in our area. 

Our structural concrete experience crosses a broad range of projects:

  • Building Foundations: a stable base for structures and distribute the load of the building to the ground.
  • Slabs and Floors: used in both residential and commercial buildings to create durable and level surfaces.
  • Columns and Beams: essential components in the structural framework of buildings, they provide support and distribute loads to the foundation.
  • Bridges: concrete bridges can withstand heavy loads and harsh environmental conditions.
  • Retaining Walls: prevent erosion on slopes or create terraces in landscaping by holding back soil and other substrate.
  • Tunnels and Underground Structures: tunnels, underground parking structures, and other underground projects. 
  • Roads and Driveways: ready to withstand heavy traffic loads and resist wear and tear.

Installing Structural Concrete

While every project presents its own set of unique challenges, much of the structural concrete installation process is standard regardless of specific applications. The goal at all times is ensuring the strength and durability of the finished product.

First, site preparation ensures a stable base and proper drainage. We take extra care at this stage because a successful base is necessary for a successful project. Wood or metal forms are erected to shape the concrete into the necessary structures. Reinforcement bars, known as rebars, placed within the formwork enhance the structure’s tensile strength. 

Concrete mix is then poured into the formwork, filling the desired shape. Using the proper mix that matches the purpose of the application is important in ensuring the right performance.

After curing, the formwork is removed, revealing the solidified concrete structure ready for use. Having the right expertise to properly cure the concrete ensures that the reactions necessary for proper strength are completed fully.

When is Structural Concrete Right for You?

There are several different types of structural concrete:

  • Normal Strength Concrete (NSC): The most common type, with a compressive strength ranging from 2,500 to 6,000 psi, suitable for general construction.
  • High-Strength Concrete (HSC): Compressive strengths beyond 6,000 psi, for structures needing better load-bearing capacity, like high-rise buildings and bridges.
  • Lightweight Concrete: Reduces the overall weight of structures, making it perfect for applications like in some building facades or roof systems.
  • High-Performance Concrete (HPC): Boasts superior strength, durability, and workability, perfect for demanding environments, including marine structures.
  • Self-Consolidating Concrete (SCC): Designed for easy flow and placement in complex forms like architectural panels or precast sculptures.

Why Choose Structural Concrete?

Choosing the right structural concrete contractor can have a big difference on your project including:

  • Durability and Strength: Ensuring concrete has the proper characteristics such as compressive strength provides excellent durability over time.
  • Versatility: Concrete is flexible; it can be molded into various shapes and sizes, but this is where the details make all the difference.
  • Cost-Effectiveness: long-term maintenance and life-cycle costs of well installed structural concrete are low enough to off-set initial investment.
  • Sustainability: we thoughtfully source our concrete from local materials whenever possible to boosting a project’s sustainability.

The Marr B. Olsen Advantage

Find out today why customers choose Marr B. Olsen for their architectural concrete projects.

We are contractors dedicated to delivering the quality finishes that will have your visitors saying “WOW!” for years to come, and we guarantee a project delivered on time, and on budget.We are dedicated to building projects with lifetimes of strength and durability.

Contact us today for the “Great start and fantastic finish” that makes us the only choice for all your architectural & structural concrete needs.