A late-July, ribbon-cutting ceremony in the City of Mesquite, Texas, showcased the workmanship and products of contributors to a renovation of the Mesquite Social Services (MSS) building. Prompted by MSS's 40-plus years assisting less fortunate citizens, the Mesquite Sunrise Rotary spearheaded the project, engaging multiple vendors, e.g., Fritz-Pak Concrete Admixtures, Skimstone, Sundek Products, Cimmaron Wholesales: One-Day Floors, and Decorative Construction Supply, plus several outside contractors.
Fritz-Pak's Dionne Hutchins-Ojeda, a member of the Mesquite Sunrise Rotary, served as project manager. Moreover, her American Society of Concrete Contractors affiliation as a member of ASCC's Decorative Concrete Council (DCC) served to involve numerous DCC volunteers. Hutchins-Ojeda's enthusiasm for the project extended even to enlisting a designer from Extreme Home Makeover.
After inventorying the organization's needs, Mesquite Sunrise Rotary partnered with the City and several other organizations, plus volunteers, to implement facility improvements. City of Mesquite Marketing Manager John Mayner cites among various MSS building upgrades concrete overlays for interior/exterior floors and sidewalks; a vertical wall application and countertop overlay by Skimstone; and, acid staining and sealing of floors. Decorative concrete treatments featuring stamped and stained overlays for exterior walkways, as well as interior flooring and half-walls, will prove more durable and sustainable, reducing future maintenance expenses and thereby contributing to the organization's revenue stream.
Also included among facility improvements were a new, flume drainage system to mitigate any future flooding due to runoff; conversion of the former church sanctuary to a retail thrift shop, requiring addition of new insulation, drywall, a dropped-ceiling, and energy-efficient fluorescent lighting; and, new landscaping. The renovation's total value, including volunteer labor, products and materials, falls between $250,000 and $300,000. Û Provided by City of Mesquite