As part of the Concrete Decor Show in San Diego, Calif., taking place Sept. 25 through 29, the outdoor area of the Bannister Family House, a facility on the UC San Diego Health Medical Center campus that houses relatives of acute-care patients, will get an all-expense paid makeover, compliments of the show’s promoters.

Concrete Decor magazine has gathered some of the industry’s best to present these workshops that will transform the house’s ordinary courtyard, retaining walls and walkways into concrete artistry that will help brighten the stay for patients’ families. San Diego-based architect Amanda Conahan and T.B. Penick & Sons contributed the conceptual designs for the project.

The two-day workshops will focus on installing an overlay and stamping it, creating a concrete countertop complete with a built-in grill and seating wall, hand-staining an area in a redesigned courtyard, creating a bas-relief mural for all to enjoy and sculpting stone facades for a large-scale retaining wall. A LithoMosaic, a piece of art made with a patented process that combines the durability of concrete with a contemporary mosaic, is also planned as part of the makeover.

Participants will be leaving the fruits of their labor behind to benefit the hospital hospitality house by using donated materials from Westcoat, Proline Concrete Tools, Butterfield Colors and Surecrete, to name a few.

The RoadShow, a specially equipped truck and trailer ensemble that is Concrete Decor magazine’s traveling companion, will be on site to provide equipment and material support for all the workshops making improvements to the Bannister Family House.

For more information, visit