College - Author 1

College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Department - Author 1

Construction Management Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Construction Management



Primary Advisor/Subject Matter Expert (SME)

Daniel Knight, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Construction Management Department


While concrete has been used in construction for hundreds of years, the introduction of concrete to skateboarding is a relatively new development. Concrete and concrete finishes are very well studied in the context of buildings and building design. Shotcrete is also very well understood as it has been in use for over 100 years. Because it is a relatively new sector of the industry, concrete skatepark construction is an area that has plenty of room for research and development. This research paper will describe the finish methods and mix designs used for concrete skatepark construction by leading skatepark construction companies and professionals. Professionals from both the project management side and the field side will be interviewed. The interviewees also identify some other factors that affect concrete skatepark surfaces. This paper will also describe the results of data gathered in the field from surveys at two skateparks. This data will compare the theories of concrete skatepark construction methods with the results of the finished product and its performance as viewed by the actual users. Overall this research aims to discover the optimal mix design and finish methods for concrete skateparks based on skateboarding performance on the concrete surface.

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