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Paper Factory Hotel Chooses Polished Concrete in NYC

When the Paper Factory Hotel opens in Long Island City, N.Y., this fall, visitors will find an environment that at once embraces the building’s industrial past while offering the modern amenities and design of a contemporary hotel. As its name implies, the 150-year-old building housed a paper factory. Like many of the once-abandoned structures in the historic industrial Queens neighborhood, including those that housed Swingline Staplers, Chiclets Gum and Silvercup Bakery, the Paper Factory Hotel went through a renovation that upholds the history of the neighborhood and its industrial architecture.

In the Paper Factory Hotel, machinery and elements of paper manufacturing history are preserved as part of the hotel décor. Exposed brick walls, fluted concrete columns and the newly polished concrete floors are reminiscent of the building’s former life while highlighting the industrial design feel of the new hotel.

Manhattan Concrete Systems completed the concrete polishing throughout the six-story building. The New York-based concrete flooring contractor got involved in the project when owner Matt Koerner met the Paper Factory Hotel owner through a recommendation from another contractor who was working on the building. Koerner met with the hotel owner and discussed the various concrete flooring options — polishing the existing floors, polishing an overlay, epoxy, and other decorative finishes. “The owner knew he wanted a distressed but nice concrete floor, he just didn’t know what. Exposed concrete is still a new flooring option. After considering all types of concrete floor options, the owner decided polished concrete would give him the look he wanted and fit his cleaning and maintenance needs,” Koerner explains.

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Renovation of Peter Cooper Village – Epoxy Flooring in Manhattan

For Matthew Koerner and his team of Manhattan Concerete Systems, the ongoing renevation of Peter Cooper Village is an important and challenging task.  Check out this feature article in CoatingsPro Magazine highlighting the work of Manhattan Concrete Systems in New York.

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Epoxy Fashion Show in NYC

With the words of a popular television series character, “Remember to trot, trot with caution and don’t become ‘fashion roadkill,’” echoing in his mind, a Manhattan flooring contractor recently stumbled upon an opportunity to help Dur-A-Flex seamless, resinous flooring make its fashion debut. “I was approached by EYESIGHT Fashion & Luxury Events to design a runway at New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania for Fashion Week,” says Matthew Koerner, Manhattan Concrete Systems Company’s President. “They needed 6,000 square feet of runway to be constructed within a tight timeframe. And, it needed to look amazing and be safe enough to walk on,” he says. With a global audience surely counting down the days to this highly anticipated week of clothing collections for spring/summer 2014, Koerner was well aware that being fashionably late would be unacceptable. Add to that businesswoman and fashion designer Victoria Beckham was slated to debut her collection to the world using this very runway on the first day of the show. Koerner decided on Dur-A-Flex’s renowned epoxy-based system, Dur-A-Gard SL for its components that easily handle substrate flexing, cures with a glossy, smooth surface and has a gritty enough finish for even the highest of heels. “This Dur-A-Flex system installed by Manhattan Concrete easily addressed the substrate flexing concern and, with a bright, white color selection, an attractive, glossy finish that was runway-worthy was easily achieved,” says Peter Leiser, Senior Regional Sales Manager for Dur-A-Flex, Inc. On Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, with husband David Beckham and Vogue’s Editor and Chief Anna Wintour looking on, following the effortless walks by supermodels showing off Victoria Beckham’s collection, the fashion mogul herself made a flawless stride from the beginning of the runway to the end to thundering applause. And with zero regard for caution thanks to Dur-A-Flex, Inc. and Manhattan Concrete Systems Company. “Although it will be removed after the show and maybe a party or two, it was a great opportunity to show the diversity of Dur-A-Flex’s flooring systems and give us a chance to diversify our project portfolio,“ concludes Leiser.

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