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May 17, 2013

Special applications: Artistic merit / tie
Everett Performing Arts Plaza

Photo courtesy of WACA [enlarge]
More than 500 man hours went into crafting the plaza’s water feature, at the lower left.

Location: Everett

Owner/developer:Everett Parks and Recreation

Project team: C.A. Carey Corp., general contractor; Truefaux LLC & Nakano Associates, concrete artist; Emil’s Concrete Construction Co., concrete contractor; Cadman, ready-mix supplier

A former bank building and parking lot in downtown Everett was redeveloped into a plaza and youth education center for the Village Theatre.

The centerpiece of the plaza is a water feature known as the “cauldron.” More than 500 man hours went into the 5-cubic-yard concrete vessel. Poured-in-place concrete was used for the vessel because it allows for custom coloration, surface seeding, waterproofing and diamond polishing.

The concrete beyond the centerpiece is a mix of free-flowing curves and pavement in a grid pattern. The design integrates both “mesa buff” and “charcoal” colors.

The lighter mesa buff paving was used for the steps and platforms while the darker charcoal paving provided the plaza hardscape. In both cases, the surface was chemically etched, leaving a gritty, maintenance-free finish.

The charcoal paving was seeded with silica carbide at a rate of 1/4 pound per square foot, lending a luminous quality to the concrete on a rare sunny day.

The versatility of concrete both decoratively and structurally allowed the design team to create a unique, interactive and sustainable recreation space.

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