Functional Concrete Design with WODC
World of Decorative Concrete (WODC) is forever pushing the boundaries when it comes to how concrete is used. Once again, the WODC team will be showcasing the many uses of concrete in functional design in the Raw CONCRETE Theatre at Cape Town HOMEMAKERS Expo.
We spoke to WODC CEO, Johan Coetzee to find out more about WODC.
How did WODC start?
World of Decorative Concrete (WODC) is one of the largest concrete grinding and polishing contractors in South Africa. Our showcase projects can be seen in the Ivory Coast to Mauritius, Zambia, Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho and southern Africa. Although based in the Western Cape, WODC is geared to operate in Africa and beyond.
Employing the HTC Superfloor method of grinding and polishing of concrete floors, our largest single project to date is the surrounding and base floor of the Moses Mabhida soccer stadium in KwaZulu-Natal.
WODC was initially contracted only to solve a “biscuiting” problem (otherwise known as delamination of laitance) on the stadium floor. The Moses Mabhida Stadium’s professional architectural team was more than sufficiently impressed with the repairs and extended our brief to transform the entire concrete floor of the stadium to “Superfloor” specifications.
Consequently, this method has become very popular in most segments of the construction industry, from hi-tech domestic properties and shopping centres to warehousing and aviation, and many more concrete floor requirements across the country.
WODC is an offshoot of the mother company, Quickslab, which was established in 1995 as a precast concrete decking company with myself as the structural engineer at the helm of the company. Quickslab expanded rapidly in the rib & block segment of the construction industry and is today a well-established company in the Western Cape.
In 2001 another offshoot, Stucco Italiano, was established as a sister company to Quickslab with a view to specialise in the fast-growing cement décor industry. Stucco Italiano has since grown into one of the leading suppliers of stucco products for residential, commercial and industrial buildings.
Today, leading architects routinely specify our products and work for their high end projects. Our success has paved the way for exports to the European and Mauritian market.
We are a proudly South African company. All our products for amongst others walls, floors and work surfaces are locally designed and manufactured.
WODC enjoys the professional backing of two well-established companies: Quickslab and Stucco Italiano. But it is not so much the combination of structural expertise and experience that we have come to rely on, but rather the passion and love for concrete we all share.