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The industry leader in decorative concrete installation, consulting, education and training.
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The Decorative Concrete Institute provides consulting, education, installation and training to marketplaces across the United States and Internationally. DCI places its focus on Architects, Artists, Concrete Finishers, Faux Finishers, General Contractors, Interior Designers, Ready Mix Producers, etc. to bring them knowledge and offer advice on the demands of Interior and Exterior Architectural Design.

DCI has worked with and continues to work with a diverse range of industry professionals catering to the individual needs of each project focusing on products and designs that are conducive to the particular environment they are working in. DCI consults with on-the-job applications and installations and provides the technical expertise to complete jobs successfully.

Hands-on Workshops

DCI offers different levels of workshops and training to accommodate each student’s needs, from the beginner to the advanced installer.

Consulting

DCI consults with on-the-job applications and installations and provides the technical expertise to complete jobs successfully.

Education

Proper surface and floor preparation, faux finishes, design layout, decorative scorecutting, and staining techniques are among the curriculum offered by DCI.

Books and DVDs

DCI offers a series of books and dvds specializing in stained concrete, polished concrete, overlays & toppings, concrete floors, stamped concrete and more!

Exclusive DCI developed products

From skim coats to water and solvent-based dyes, DCI offers only the highest quality products for your project.

Installation

With several million square feet of decorative concrete installed to date, rest assured there is no job we can’t handle.

Clients and industry partners

Delivering innovative design and workmanship is our top priority

Without question, I can say that your consulting services have represented the best return I have received on any money that I have spent on my business.

Your dedication to your consulting clients and their businesses through ongoing personal communication and advice has helped me on more than one occasion.

There are a lot of opinions in the decorative concrete field and as the old saying goes..."Everyone is an expert." Well, Bob, you truly are an expert, and it is comforting to know that when I call on you for advice it is going to be sound and I have the confidence to use that advice when my reputation is on the line.

DCI President and Founder

Bob Harris

Bob Harris is a Partner and Senior Director of Decorative Concrete Consulting for the SSI Team. Known worldwide in the Decorative Concrete Industry, Bob’s expertise has taken him many places to share his ideas and educate others in the field of architectural concrete. He has been presenting at the World of Concrete for going on 20 years as well as the World of Concrete in Mexico City for four years, was the Master of Ceremonies at the Con/Expo Con/Agg demo in Las Vegas in March of 2002, participated in various speaking engagements for the Decorative Concrete Council and has conducted training sessions in Canada, the Caribbean, China, Germany, England, Greece, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, South Africa, Spain to name a few.

Bob is the author of several books that have sold over 50,000 copies worldwide, including his Guide series for Stained Interior Concrete Floors; Stamped Concrete; Concrete Overlays and Toppings; and Polished Concrete Floors. In addition to his own collection of DVD’s, Bob has produced instructional videos for organizations such as the Portland Cement Association, AGC-Laborers and the Concrete Network, Concrete Décor and Concrete Construction Magazines.

Bob is a third-generation concrete finisher and served as recent President of the Decorative Concrete Institute. Bob was affiliated with a large manufacturer of decorative concrete products for nearly a decade, the last part of which he served as the Director or Product Training, traveling the world sharing his job site experiences with students in addition to being an essential part of technical support and research and development. For many years as an active member of leading industry associations, such as ACI, ASCC and DCC, he contributed to the training and advancement of decorative concrete.

Bob also worked as Senior Superintendent for six years exclusively in Disney theme parks, doing decorative “themed” concrete work with integral color, dry-shake color hardeners and chemical stains. Bob personally placed and/or supervised the placement of over three million square feet of decorative concrete, including work for some of the major Disney theme parks in Orlando, Florida.

Bob Harris was among the first to be inducted into the Decorative Concrete Hall of Fame in 2010, in recognition of his achievements, commitment to excellence and innovations that have helped the Decorative Concrete Industry grow.

Decorative Concrete Institute Starts a New Journey

New location,
same expertise

In 2001 Bob and Lee Ann started Decorative Concrete Institute. Our Business Plan was to provide Consulting, Distribution, Education, Installation and Training. We have had the opportunity to build relationships with many people Nationwide and Around the World. We are humbled to have had the opportunity to share our skills with so many and not to mention we in turn have learned from YOU! Still today we have many of these friendships and relationships still in place and feel Blessed.

In 2014 Bob was offered a position as Senior Director of Decorative Concrete Consulting for Structural Services Inc., and at the beginning of 2018 was made a Partner in the firm. Structural Services, Inc. was founded by Eldon (Tipp) Tipping, PE, FACI in 1988 to be an industry leader in design and construction consulting services. Many of SSI’s personnel have pioneered innovative designs, placement, finishing and testing procedures for slabs-on-ground, pavements, suspended slabs and decorative concrete. SSI’s personnel have published numerous papers, serve on industry standards committees in leadership positions, received industry awards, and teach seminars.

With that being said, Decorative Concrete Institute continues to Consult, Distribute Decorative Concrete Products, Provide Education and Training.

We have sold our 10,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art building and are downsizing. We are building our new facility only two miles from the old facility which will be located on our personal property. Needless to say, we will be creating another state-of-the-art building with new and exciting Decorative Concrete which will flow well with all of the Decorative in place around our home.

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