Resurface, Restore, Results
Belshire Concrete Restoration provides top-quality surface solutions throughout the Pacific Northwest
In business for more than 12 years, the team at Belshire Concrete Restoration—under the leadership of co-founders and co-owners Steve Shirey and Patrick O’Connor—are experts in everything from concrete polishing, concrete staining, caulking of joints and epoxy injection/crack repair to seismic (carbon fiber) re-enforcement, concrete restoration and more.
Steve and Patrick have a long history together that dates back well beyond the past dozen years. Steve worked for Patrick’s father at the time Patrick was born. Steve, who had previously spent time working in the high-tech and telecommunications field was looking for a new adventure after the dot com bubble burst. Pat’s dad stepped in as a mentor and taught him about polishing concrete. Steve got a job in the industry, bought some equipment and in 2005 founded Belshire Concrete Restoration with Patrick.
Steve and Patrick started small—gradually acquiring more and more equipment to bolster the flexibility needed to do their specialized work. Now, a dozen years later, the team continues to seek out new and challenging projects, especially in surface prep, which is fundamental to everything they do. In addition to the co-owners, Andrew O’Connor (Patrick’s nephew) handles operations management, and depending on the day—a little bit of everything to keep the work running smoothly.
Their collective diverse skillset allows them to tackle the most challenging jobs, often being called in when others have given up. Taking on both commercial and complex residential projects, their work ethic is paramount to their success. Steve explains, “We always show up on time and complete our scope in the time we said we would. That’s really important, especially on commercial work where there are a lot of moving pieces.”
Patrick adds, “We’re a low-impact contractor, meaning we’re flexible with clients’ schedules and needs, we do what we say we’re going to do, and we offer competitive pricing with the rest of the market. We will always call a customer back and most of all, we’re not afraid of a challenge.”
Beach House Restoration Challenge Showcases Expertise
In addition to area projects including the ShoWare Center in Kent, and several schools in the region, their unique ability to manage a challenge was really put to the test during a recent beach house restoration project on Puget Sound, completed this past May. The team’s experience in restoration work was needed in order to successfully handle the structural corrosion and deterioration that had taken place in the salt water environment. Other contractors wouldn’t take on the project but Steve, Patrick and Andrew knew them and their crew could get the job done.
The concrete overhang and porch deck were deteriorating and there was exposed rebar—all causing structural damage. The elements needed to be broken down. Andrew explains the process they went through: “We started demoing and we hit nail on the head. We were spot on with our original estimation of what we thought the job would entail.” Once they had a clean canvas and got the old deteriorating concrete out of the way, the crew was able to remanufacture and essentially put the structure back together using the superior materials available today (such as epoxy-coated rebar), which weren’t used 50 or 60 years ago. They could take full advantage of the latest concrete technology to ensure a long-lasting, high-quality result.
The company’s diverse abilities were also contributing factors to their success. With a short completion timeframe revolving around the owner’s holiday plans to enjoy the house, not to mention working around the tide schedule and a rainy spring, as well as issues related to supply chain, bringing materials to the island and estimating how much material would be needed before the demo work was even completed—they were able to complete this very challenging project, receiving rave reviews. The end result—the 600 sq ft deck was completely resurfaced and the crew repaired and reinforced approximately 1,200 sq ft of underside work. In the end, the deck and seawall were restored to like-new conditions.
As Patrick explains, this project shows the true diversity and expertise that the company has to do a project like this. “We completed the project from start to finish, pulling it off with scheduling, working in a challenging environment, dealing with all of the coordination it takes to work on a job like that and get it done seamlessly. We were able to do that—and do it well.”