Hi, my name is Bernie Apodaca. I am an expert of concrete aesthetics. I owned Masterpiece Concrete Compositions for over 20 years and have produced work in commercial and residential environments through out the country. I develop unique concrete coloration, topping and graphic systems. I have installed my systems in retail stores through out the country in Abercrombie & Fitch, Contempo Casual, Wet Seal, Lerners, and even Mills Malls. Other concrete companies continue to use my micro-topping to this day.
My work covers many of the floors in San Diego’s corridors, lobbies and courtyards, as well as schools, churches, offices and many upscale residences.
My floor remodeling systems are quite amazing, because we can create elegant looks on concrete floors ( interiors and exteriors ) , that in the recent past, would have been disqualified as acceptable canvasses. Your color pallet is not limited. The turn around time is usually only one week or less depending on complexity and size. The design potential offers you the ability to develop a unique signature series. My proprietary floor remodeling systems are extremely durable and have been in use for over a decade. Most important, it is a “maintainable” system that only requires damaged or problem spots to be maintained as needed….. Not The Entire Project as most other systems using engineered topping, coloration and epoxy systems.
If you are working on projects and need technical advice, please e-mail me at Contacts@ConcreteRemodelers.com or call me on my mobile: 760-803-5835. Please leave a voice mail if I’m in a meeting.
I would love to meet you and hear about your design ideas!
Concrete Remodelers’ owner, Bernie Apodaca, is an expert of concrete aesthetics. His previous company, Masterpiece Concrete Compositions, produced work in commercial, residential and corporate environments through out the country for almost 20 years. Bernie has developed some of the most widely used and unique concrete coloration, topping and graphic systems in the industry. While he ran the Arte Povera Division at Progressive Concrete of Escondido, CA in the early 90’s, his new and innovative products and methods were breaking ground and helped to establish concrete as a viable flooring option for architects and designers, not just locally, but for franchised retail environments throughout the country.
He was the inventor of the first successful aesthetic topping system that he named “MICROTOPPING”. Now every brand of concrete products uses this term to represent their version of extremely thin (20-40 ml) decorative concrete topping systems. He helped to refine the installation process of acid staining with the owner, Chris Stewart. The acid stain product was inundated with problems which caused some lawsuits by disgruntled customers. There was no continuity in the finished installations, but instead, adverse reactions and patterns were permanently created. Bernie was first brought in to the company to create solutions and systems to that would remove the unwanted variables and results being produced. His understanding of chemistry and network of chemists helped him to unlock the causes being interjected in every phase of the process. The chemistry was being effected by the environment, inconsistencies in mix designs, cancelation of reactions by accidental neutralizing of the chemistry, etc. Along with the unknown reactive component, there was a lack of understanding of what a proper and controlled application was. The extreme ignorance in the installation process created constant unwanted results and unpredictable variables. Broom marks, footprints, tracks and chem trails, blotchyness, runs and puddling to name just of the few of the “permanent” coloration patterns being installed!
The first step was to create a system to remove, hide and stop the creation of chaotic permanent acid staining results. Then to develop the understanding of the chemical process happening in the mixing and during the installation. Finally the application methods to install acid coloration for a natural organic look. Once these were under control, he begin to train his teams how to install, compose and properly seal the new systems. The owner and the Klemaskie brothers, Byron and Frank took our huge samples to the World Of Concrete in Las Vegas. We were the first in the world with MICROTOPPING and high end acid stained results. Over 800 contacts took interest, mostly those in the retail franchise world, architects and the amusement park industry. Immediately, his division was booked with installations and many of the projects were entire malls with as much as 175,000 square feet. Bernie begin to ramp up and develop the talent required to produce millions of square feet in only months for products that had never been heard of. He installed his systems in retail stores through out the country in Abercrombie & Fitch, Contempo Casual, Wet Seal, Lerners, most of the malls in Southern California at the time, and even Mills Malls (just to name a few). The main Sanctuary of San Luis Rey Church was installed in a single weekend with an army of new laborers-in-training, over twenty years ago.
That was the quickest two and a half years as the momentum was a rush. Bernie left Progressive Concrete and started his own company, Masterpiece Concrete Compositions. He became a proprietary contractor within Prestige Concrete of Poway, owning his division: Arte Decora, for over five years. While there, Bernie produced award winning projects like Saint Gregory the Great Catholic Church in Poway, Spirit of Christ Catholic Church in Denver, CO. Over the years, Bernie has often been referenced by product manufacturers and professional organizations for advice and suggestions, and also featured on several covers in architect, designer and trade magazines.
Masterpiece Concrete Compositions produced many of the floors in San Diego’s high rises, multi-units, schools, churches, residences, and offices. When Bernie finally became a free agent after leaving Prestige Concrete, he was awarded, without even bidding, the coveted PETCO PARK Project with over 413,000 square feet of specialty reactive sealers and acid stained floors in both Petco Park and the Western Metals Building. In total, Masterpiece Concrete Compositions has worked on over 7 million square feet of aesthetic concrete flooring projects through out the country, and many upscale residences, including the Moores & the Spanos homes.
After the crash of 2008, he worked Concrete Contractors Interstate, of Poway, CA for 8 months. While beginning to develop an Aesthetics Division at CCI, Bernie was also creating new systems to introduce into the market. However the owner of CCI, Russ Baumgartner became so inspired to innovate, that the entire company spearheaded Russ’s invention of the ICON Wall Panel and Retaining Systems. Along with Rick Vasquez, Jo Baumgartner, Nick Geraldo and all the amazing superintendents and foremen, entire mass production systems, sculpting techniques, high tech digital lighting and super high profile graphic components were all developed to materialize Russ’s dream. Truly, Bernie cherished his short time with CCI and his part in the “aesthetics” components that contributed to the award winning innovation.
My floor remodeling systems are quite amazing, because we can create elegant looks on concrete floors ( interiors and exteriors ) , that in the recent past, would have been quickly disqualified as acceptable canvasses. Your color pallet is not limited. The turn around time is usually only one week or less depending on complexity, and the design potential offers you the ability to develop a unique signature series. My proprietary floor remodeling systems are extremely durable and have been in use for over a decade.
Bernie brings a lot of experience, both technical and creative. He is an artist in oil painting as well, so his passion for aesthetics is evident. We hope to interest you in partnering with Concrete Remodelers to create your next masterpiece. Please call so we can discuss your next creation!
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