April 7 + 8, 2015 | Seaport Hotel | Boston

The Healthcare and Educational Facilities Design and Construction Event for New England

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Avoiding Problems with Floor Finishes on Concrete Slabs

Day: Tuesday, 4:00pm - 5:30:pm
Room: Cambridge I

This presentation will discuss how moisture in concrete slabs leads to flooring failures and provide recommendations for mitigating the risk of failures. Recent changes in the composition of floor finishes have made these materials more susceptible to moisture-related deterioration. We will review the sources of moisture in concrete floor assemblies and the current industry tests for determining slab moisture levels. A discussion on establishing a testing protocol, interpreting test results, and understanding test limitations is included. The presentation will provide recommendations for minimizing the chances for flooring failures, mitigating existing high concrete moisture levels, and selecting appropriate floor finishes.


Emily Hopps PE
Senior Project Manager
Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc.
Waltham, MA

Peter Nelson PE
Senior Principal
Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, Inc.
Waltham, MA

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