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The official publication of FCICA.
FCICA publishes this quarterly digital magazine which contains valuable information for commercial flooring contractors and serves as the primary voice for the association.

Winter 2020

Volume: 16 Issue: 2 9.48 MB (PDF) Updated: January 20th, 2021

On The Cover:

Tile & Tile Accessories

Fall 2020

Volume: 16 Issue: 1 61.28 MB (PDF) Updated: October 17th, 2020

On The Cover: Subfloor Prep

2020 Special Edition

Volume: 15 Issue: 4 11.34 MB (PDF) Updated: October 17th, 2020

On The Cover: A Look back at the history for the FCICA 1982-2020

Spring 2020

Volume: 15 Issue: 3 12.39 MB (PDF) Updated: October 17th, 2020

On The Cover: Challenges on the Jobsite

Winter 2019

Volume: 15 Issue: 2 15.70 MB (PDF) Updated: January 10th, 2020

On The Cover:
Flooring in Restaurant & Retail Facilities

Fall 2019

Volume: 15 Issue: 1 12.91 MB (PDF) Updated: September 17th, 2019

Concrete Challenges: Maintaining Polished Concrete

Also: 2019 Technical Resource Directory

Summer 2019

Volume: 14 Issue: 4 14.61 MB (PDF) Updated: June 7th, 2019

PROJECT NAME: Men's Final Four Court MANUFACTURER: Connor Sports, a Gerflor company PRODUCT SPECIFIED: Connor Sports QuickLock TOTAL AMOUNT: 9,800 Square Feet

Spring 2019

Volume: 14 Issue: 3 13.05 MB (PDF) Updated: March 21st, 2019

ON THE COVER: A flooring professional demonstrates the use of a rotary machine on resilient flooring.

Winter 2018

Volume: 14 Issue: 2 13.05 MB (PDF) Updated: January 24th, 2019

Tarkett's SureSet Luxury Vinyl Flooring featured throughout season two of TV series, Pickler & Ben. Cohosted by singer Kellie, and journalist Ben Aaron, the weekday talk show welcomes celebrities and tastemakers to offer tips on entertaining, cooking, home decorating, gardening and beauty. Read more starting on page 16.

Fall 2018

Volume: 14 Issue: 1 11.82 MB (PDF) Updated: October 19th, 2018

How to Become a Better Spark Plug with the CIM Program

Summer 2018

Volume: 13 Issue: 4 14.34 MB (PDF) Updated: June 11th, 2018

Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center in Athens, Ga., offers exceptional family-centered care in their facility. To improve the well-being of their patients seeking maternity care, they called on DCO Commercial Floors to assist with the renovation of the Labor and Delivery rooms. The project occurred while the hospital was in use, so extreme attention to detail and proper planning had to be used to execute this makeover. DCO Commercial Floors used American Olean tile in Black Wenge (Infusion series) and Cordial Grey (Rapport series), with Mapei Ultraflex 1 and Epoxy grout to set the materials.

Photo Credit: Kristin Butler (Commercial Interior Designer)

Spring 2018

Volume: 13 Issue: 3 10.27 MB (PDF) Updated: June 11th, 2018

Product: AIMIA Corporate
Office Location: Butler Square, Minneapolis, MN
Contractor: Sonus Interiors
Architect/Designer: MSR Design

Incorporating 24 different types of carpet, this project was no ordinary retrofit. In fact, the interior architect's design was so complex that one journeyman was devoted to navigating the pattern, while the other journeyman completed the installation. Installed with precision and care by the team at Sonus Interiors, an INSTALL Warranty contractor with a history of working with large and complex commercial projects, the flooring provides zoned workspaces that are welcoming to both clients and employees. Read more, page 26

Winter 2017

Volume: 13 Issue: 2 11.12 MB (PDF) Updated: June 11th, 2018

Photo credit: Chad M. Davis, AIA, of Chad Davis Photo (www.chaddavisphoto.com)
Location: Keller High School
Project: Adds and renovations, with carpet, resilient and ceramic tile
General Contractor: Buford-Thompson (Ft. Worth, Texas)
Architect: VLK Architects (Ft. Worth, Texas)
Flooring Contractor: One Source Commercial Flooring, Inc. (Plano, Texas)
Product displayed on the cover: Armstrong VCT
Completed Summer 2016

Fall 2017

Volume: 13 Issue: 1 8.77 MB (PDF) Updated: June 11th, 2018

Thomas West has become one of the premier salons in Chicago. When the salon moved to a new location in the building, the team looked to ASPECTA for a flooring that could step up to the demands of a busy salon environment with both style and substance: a strong design factor coupled with ease of maintenance; a no wax/easy to clean floor that also offers comfort under foot. Read more, page 12.

Location: Thomas West Salon, Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL
Product: ASPECTA FIVE – Summer Pine – Charcoal #5382101

Summer 2017

Volume: 12 Issue: 4 10.51 MB (PDF) Updated: June 14th, 2017

On The Cover:

What Makes a Hotel Renovation Successful?

Spring 2017

Volume: 12 Issue: 3 11.12 MB (PDF) Updated: March 6th, 2017

This 200,000 square foot Brass Mills Mall in Waterbury, Connecticut incorporates eight custom-accent areas, each over 800sf of Thru-Body Porcelain Tile cut entirely with waterjet technology. The entire project is a showcase of waterjet's ability to work with all types of materials, including, ceramic, glazed, through-body, porcelain, and the latest large format panels and tiles. All materials are easily fabricated, inlaid, and patterned. Durable, cleanable, and colorful ceramics are favorites of designers. Waterjet fabrication makes these materials more versatile and beautiful than ever before. - Photo provided by Creative Edge Mastershop, Fairfield, Iowa.

Winter 2016

Volume: 12 Issue: 2 11.11 MB (PDF) Updated: March 6th, 2017

Gensler teams up with UZIN and Mid-Atlantic Floors for technical support and installation for the flooring on their renovated Washington D.C. offices.

Fall 2016

Volume: 12 Issue: 1 28.89 MB (PDF) Updated: September 12th, 2016


One Light Luxury Apartments represents the first residential tower built in downtown Kansas City since 1976 and the first new high-rise construction within the freeway loop since 2006. MAPEI systems for the installation of tile, wood, vinyl plank and carpet tile were used to complete stylish new luxury apartments located in the Power & Light District of Kansas City, Missouri. FDC Contract of Kansas City installed the wood and carpet tile in the common areas plus the vinyl plank in all the apartments. Metro Tile Contractors of Overland Park, KS, installed the tile in the apartments and the common areas.

Summer 2016

Volume: 11 Issue: 4 19.89 MB (PDF) Updated: September 12th, 2016

On The Cover:

AMLI River North Apartments is contributing to the needs and wants of the rental market with 409 upscale luxury living apartments in a 50-story multi-unit residential tower on Chicago's north side. Floor coverings in common spaces and apartments include wood, carpet and tile. Surface preparation was an important step in producing smooth, level floors to receive the different floor coverings. Photo submitted by MAPEI.

Spring 2016

Volume: 11 Issue: 3 17.85 MB (PDF) Updated: March 13th, 2016

With the help of UZIN self-leveling and subfloor preparation materials, NFI Enterprises, LLC, in Auburn, Washington was able to install ceramic flooring on a 27,000 square foot specialty grocery store that featured a floor plan with the store level above the parking garage.

Location: PCC Natural Markets, Greenlake Village, Seattle, WA. Product: UZIN Self-leveling and subfloor preparation materials

Fall/Winter 2015

Volume: 11 Issue: 2 23.21 MB (PDF) Updated: December 28th, 2015


This is the Master Turbo Groover by Turbo Heat Welding Tools. The installer shown is grooving a circle along the seams of Armstrong's homogeneous vinyl sheet material to heat weld them together. The groove's advanced design allows the installer to groove circles, shapes and straightaways with precision regardless of uneven surfaces. To check out the rest of the Turbo's heat welding tools check out at: www.TurboHeatWeldingTools.com

Fall 2015

Volume: 11 Issue: 1 11.17 MB (PDF) Updated: October 19th, 2015


A community with a dream for a better future joined together with a team of devoted and equally inspired designers, builders and project managers to build the sprawling one story ARC Center in West Chicago, IL. Vortex Commercial Flooring won the Starnet Design Awards Gold in Hospitality/Public Space for the work done on this project. With the help of UZIN substrate product systems, Vortex was able to create these exceptional floors that will last for years.

Summer 2015

Volume: 10 Issue: 4 15.83 MB (PDF) Updated: June 24th, 2015

The Ultimate Concrete Prep Tool for Hard-to-Prep Surfaces

The Diamabrush Concrete Prep Plus tool is a heavy-duty diamond prep tool that is ideally suited to prep floors for an application of paints, epoxies, or stains.

The Concrete Prep Plus will also remove
a thin layer of paint or epoxy. The tools can be used on standard floor machines and buffers.

Spring 2015

Volume: 10 Issue: 3 16.29 MB (PDF) Updated: March 10th, 2015

Don Robinson, foreman with flooring contractor Flooring Systems Inc., applies TEC Multipurpose Primer at Mercy Hospital Joplin. The hospital, which opens in March 2015, was built after the city's former hospital took a direct hit from a tornado in 2011. Flooring Systems Inc. and tile contractor Zickel Flooring used TEC substrate preparation products, including TEC The LiquiDAM Penetrating Moisture Barrier, and flooring and tile adhesives throughout the space.

Winter 2015

Volume: 10 Issue: 2 14.61 MB (PDF) Updated: December 3rd, 2014

Bright and colorful nora rubber patterned floors create a spectacular sight for visitors in each elevator lobby at the DMC Children's Hospital of Michigan. The inspiration for the design of the pictured elevator lobby came from a work of art done by the local Detroit artist Timothy Orikri.

Project Installation:
Master Craft Flooring

Design Team:
Shepley Bulfinch

nora rubber

Fall 2014

Volume: 10 Issue: 1 12.22 MB (PDF) Updated: November 21st, 2014

Sacred Spaces

Summer 2014

Volume: 9 Issue: 4 20.06 MB (PDF) Updated: June 25th, 2014


Product Spotlight: Botanol Flooring
Convention 2014 Photo Gallery
Go Early Technology[tm]
Installation Manger Overview for Retail Installations

Spring 2014

Volume: 9 Issue: 3 13.95 MB (PDF) Updated: March 10th, 2014

Preparing to Mitigate

Importance of a Clean Substrate
Floor Prep Project Profiles
Never Drop Your Prices Again
Exterior Substrate Preparation

Winter 2014

Volume: 9 Issue: 2 10.48 MB (PDF) Updated: December 5th, 2013

Recycled Rubber: A softer option for restaurants
2013 Convention Brochure
Mid-Year Photo Gallery
Restaurant Project Profiles

Fall 2013

Volume: 9 Issue: 1 12.48 MB (PDF) Updated: November 6th, 2013

Does Floor Maintenance Really Matter?
Protect Your Flooring Investment
Commercial Resilient "No Wax" Maintenance Update
Understanding ASTM Standards

Summer 2013

Volume: 8 Issue: 4 9.59 MB (PDF) Updated: August 20th, 2013

Installing The Job

Protect Your Profits Through Material Managements
Mid-Year Schedule
Tips To Live By For Installation Managers
Unsolved Mysteries Part Three

Spring 2013

Volume: 8 Issue: 3 15.48 MB (PDF) Updated: August 20th, 2013

Installation Management: Preparing The Project

Being A Successful Project Manager
Setting The Installation Up For Success
Convention 2013 Photos
7 Facts To Breathe Life Into Your Business

Winter 2013

Volume: 8 Issue: 2 14.37 MB (PDF) Updated: January 15th, 2013

Starting with education -- this issue
explains Vertical Lift Technology.

FCICA 30th Anniversary Convention

Volume: 7 Issue: 4 71.57 MB (PDF) Updated: May 11th, 2012


To say it was a success would be an understatement. We enjoyed the highest attendance numbers in over a decade. But more importantly, we had our best educational sessions, trade show and networking events that I can remember. And as always, we had fun.

I want to thank everyone who attended the convention in Savannah, especially those who contributed to our educational sessions, trade show, and silent auction.

And to our staff for doing a wonderful job preparing and executing what was a near flawless program.

Project Profile: Ferrari & Maserati Stand Out By Design

Volume: 7 Issue: 3 53.05 MB (PDF) Updated: February 27th, 2012

A new, durable concrete microtopping from MAPEI allows artisans to develop a wide variety of decorative concrete floors with looks that vary from tiled surfaces to swirls, geometric patterns and other artistic designs. To achieve the look seen in the cover photo, the microtopping -- which comes in 36 quality-controlled colors -- was applied with a trowel. After drying completely, the surface was sealed with a clear sealer for extra durability.

This project was done at the MAPEI Operations Facility in Delta, British Columbia. It was installed by our own team of MAPEI technical specialists. The flooring is located on the second floor mezzanine of the offices.

Project Profile: Sunnybrook Assisted Living

Volume: 7 Issue: 2 79.54 MB (PDF) Updated: January 4th, 2012

The focus for this issue is Assisted Living Facilities. We have included a project profile on Sunnybrook Assisted Living in Iowa that has flooring by some of our members. The profile can be found on pages 8 & 9.

The Versatile Carpet Tile

Volume: 7 Issue: 1 57.78 MB (PDF) Updated: September 26th, 2011

Carpet tile has come a long way since I entered the commercial floor contracting business in 1991. Back then, typical carpet tile products were 18" x 18", PVC-backed, and used primarily over raised access floors. Times sure have changed!

Flooring In Schools

Volume: 6 Issue: 4 68.40 MB (PDF) Updated: September 27th, 2011

Selecting the proper athletic flooring can be a very complicated process. Many factors must be weighed as all product choices and applications are considered. Flooring is the most expensive piece of equipment in this environment and proper product selection can have life time consequences.