Local concrete contractor receives partnership requests from around the world

February 19, 2015CCI Owners Receive DCC Award_1st Place

Concrete Contractors Interstate’s (CCI), one of Southern California’s premier concrete contractors, was honored this month when their iCON™ Wall Solution took first place in “Vertical Application” and second place in “Concrete Artistry” in this year’s Decorative Concrete Council Awards Program, hosted by the American Society of Concrete Contractors at the recent World of Concrete Trade Show.

Other California-based companies that also won awards in this year’s competition are T.B. Penick & Sons, Tom Ralston Concrete, and Shaw & Sons.

CCI’s proprietary iCON™ Wall Solution and exclusive wall designs were proven as standouts among all submissions received from across the country and around the globe. The Decorative Concrete Council reviews submissions for “degree of difficulty, economy and craftsmanship, site compatibility, project challenges, environmental factors, and problem solving.” The iCON™ Wall Solution is similar to tilt-up construction, but does not need a casting slab. In many cases, the iCON™ Wall Solution is less expensive to build than masonry or cast-in-place walls above 6 feet in height.

“This year CCI was excited to submit our iCON™ Wall Solution for review by the Decorative Concrete Council,” said Russ Baumgartner, President and Owner of CCI. “Our iCON Wall Solution is a tilt-up style retaining wall system that is a unique alliance of function and form. Because the walls are poured flat, both sides of the walls can be decorated in unique ways. Our process offers architects, designers and builders endless design options.”

“We knew we had an amazing product on our hands, but didn’t quite expect the high intensity of interest from around the world since receiving the award. Businesses from San Diego to New Zealand and Saudi Arabia are already seeking partnership and licensing opportunities,” continued Russ. “For this product we have created a business model that enables us to engage with customers and stakeholders in a variety of ways: We can build walls with others, build walls for others, and license others to build walls in their own markets. The possibilities are genuinely exciting.”

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About CCI – Based in Poway, California, Concrete Contractors Interstate (CCI) serves as the concrete contractor for some of San Diego’s largest and most iconic commercial and residential projects. Founded in 1958, CCI is known for its quality of craftsmanship, diversity of products, and commitment to unparalleled customer service. Learn more at

About ASCC – The ASCC is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the capabilities of concrete contractors and those who build with concrete. As one of the largest concrete associations, the ASCC has approximately 500 member companies in the United States and abroad.

The CCI group is unveiling their newest innovative product; the iCON Wall Solution. It is aConcrete Alliance between Function and Form

March 25, 2014

At last, retaining walls never have to be plain again. ECS has invented a retaining wall system (a patent pending design) that will change the way the industry will utilize concrete walls. Together with the client, ECS can create beautiful designs that truly enhance outdoor spaces, from all angles, with functionality of retaining and dividing walls. These precast decorative retaining walls consist of concrete panels constructed on a horizontal surface. While lying flat, these panels can have a wide variety of decorative elements such as stones, rocks, glass and metals to be applied to the front and back surfaces of the panel. Once produces and cured at our manufacturing facility, these walls can be easily stored for a period of time, or shipped to a building site.

This patent pending design is unique and custom made for our clients.  iCON Wall Solution offer limitless possibilities to enhance indoor and outdoor spaces. All Walls can also contain mechanical elements such as electrical wiring for lighting and water supply lines for water features. ECS works with clients from design conception through project completion.


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iCON Wall Panels are also ideal for  a wide range of applications in outdoor projects. They can serve as dividers, visually defining spaces and creating separate outdoor living areas

About ECS, iCON Wall Solutions and the CCI group:

iCON Wall Solutions are designed by ECS, a business group of CCI (Concrete Contractors Interstate) a team of professional and designers collaborated to bring this entirely new product to the world of concrete. CCI is a leading Concrete Contractor, serving both commercial and residential clients. Founded in 1958, CCI is known for its quality of craftsmanship, diversity of products and commitment to unparalleled customer service


Contact:Jo Baumgartner, Director of marketing

Office: 858-679-5550 x110

Ph: 619-921-3566