Aggregates in Decorative Concrete

Exposed aggregate flatwork done on exterior pathway at office building.

Course Description:

Back in the 1980’s, exposed aggregate was very popular. We are seeing an uptick in the reemergence of this trend, but to an evolved state. This course will look at exposed aggregate as the baseline, but dive into the more decorative and innovative applications of using specialty aggregates in decorative concrete. We will explore seeding aggregates and glass, light exposure of sands, other specialty materials, regional aggregates for color variation, and incorporation of artwork into decorative flatwork. With innovation and change comes risk and design considerations. With each option we will identify these challenges and go over the best practices for each application.