In 2016, The American Fallen Soldiers Project National Gallery opened
its doors with 5,000 square feet of gallery and office space. The project was borne of an idea that professional artist,
Phil Taylor, had upon learning that his childhood friend, Capt. Blake Russell,
had been killed in Iraq in 2006. Inspired by stories of Blake’s patriotism and
courage during the funeral, Phil knew that he wanted to contribute to the
Russell family’s healing process, so he painted a portrait of his childhood
friend for them.
The family’s reaction to the portrait
changed Phil’s life forever and he began the American Fallen Soldiers Project.
Since its inception in 2007, over 220 portraits
have been painted and presented as a gift to Gold Star families of fallen soldiers all over the country at no cost to the
To keep the gallery costs down for this very
special project, Bomanite Licensee, Texas Bomanite discounted the retail price
as a donation towards the project’s success and was honored to be part of this
special space. The decorative concrete floors consisted of 3,040 square feet of
Bomanite Concrete Dye in Black Orchid using the Bomanite Patène Teres
system polished to a 400 grit. The Polyurea Joint
Filler was in the color Gauntlet Grey. The strength and durability of the polished
concrete floors is a perfect, permanent,
custom finish for the gallery.
The beautiful elegant American Soldiers Fallen
Project is a place of peace and solace through art and displays in a setting of
inspiration and healing. An especially poignant display is an American flag with
the stripes covered by photos of the fallen. In his portraiture work,
Phil Taylor takes special care in not only capturing the features but the
actual essence of the fallen soldier he is painting. It is not just a
typical portrait painting, but more the life and energy, the appearance and the
personality, of the person represented on canvas. By telling the
stories of those who have served and made the ultimate sacrifice, the gallery
strives to change the lives of generations to come. It truly is a Portrait Gallery Like No
Vizient, in collaboration with American Fallen
Soldiers Project, are honored to commemorate Army Specialist Dave Balcon who
died while conducting combat operations in Iraq. To honor Balcon, Vizient
presented his family with a portrait of Dane painted by artist, Phil Taylor,
founder of the American Fallen Soldiers Project. We thank Dane for his service
to our country as he dedicated his life to protecting the freedoms we all
enjoy. To learn more about this year’s award visit newsroom.vizientinc.com or americanfallensoldiers.com.
The Northside Church decided to reinvent their stretch of lawn as a dynamic new multi-purpose plaza, the primary goal was to create something special, whether it be for celebrating the birth of a child, affirming one’s faith or for friends and family gatherings and church events welcoming one and all. The church’s goal was to provide a place for people to connect – to their faith and to one another.
The church saw several different decorative concrete projects, reviewed several hard samples to select the final material. The final scope of work included 41,000 square feet of exposed decorative concrete flat work, 650 lineal feet of walls, and some 4,000 square feet of the Bomanite Custom Polished Concrete Patène Teres System in The Frappe House. Northside Christian Church ended up selecting a combination of the Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Systems; Sandscape Refined Antico finish in Bomanite Light Brown, and Bomanite Sandscape Texture in three colors to get the cohesive yet varied look they wanted in order to connect the exterior spaces.
To expand the range of interest and energize the plaza during daily use, The Frappe House, the new handcrafted coffee shop was built animating the baptismal pool and amphitheater seating. In all, the plaza design objectives were to connect the church’s primary entrance, the youth ministry center next door and the coffee shop while also servicing individual and group baptismal celebrations in a harmonious space. The design blends a lot of forms and walls, rock work and fire pits, along with both integrated and movable seating choices. Roll up garage doors and rough raw materials fill The Frappe House to capture contemporary design sensibilities common to many chain coffee shops.
The challenge was in working to accommodate a diverse program of possible uses and group sizes. Appropriate exterior spaces that accommodate many different groups and purposes also had to be fit into a relatively small area tucked between three structures of independent functions. Creating harmonious connections throughout the plaza while having a modern, socially contemporary design aesthetic led to the use of curvy linear patterns spiraling out from the baptismal pool in the center of the design. Radiating outward, the patterns form seating areas, viewing sections and gathering spaces as the plaza steps up from the baptismal pool toward each building. The use of curves allows the energy of each space to easily be focused on either the main building it serves or conversely toward the center during baptisms. The key to tying it all together was in the primary hardscape choice – Bomanite decorative concrete.
Bomanite Thin-Set is a specially formulated, polymer-modified topping system applied at a thickness of approximately 3/8-inch. A great design option for virtually any structurally sound surface, old or new, Bomanite Thin-Set offers all the durability, cost effectiveness, and ease of maintenance decorative concrete has to offer.
The Stout Bar, located at John Street in the Wall Street area of NYC, chose Bomanite Thin-Set for their renovated space, giving the restaurant an old world feel with a cobblestone pattern. Bomanite Licensee, Beyond Concrete, installed approximately 2,400 square feet of the Running Bond Cobblestone stampable overlay pattern. Extensive grinding, clean-up and patching of the existing floor was needed. Application of an epoxy bonding agent was applied and then the Bomanite Thin-Set in Bomanite French Gray Color with Bomanite Cobblestone Gray Color highlights. The newly renovated floor was given a coat of Bomanite Hydrocoat Sealer.
Along with the new flooring a custom 85 foot long concrete bar top was poured and stained with Bomanite Concrete Dye Sweet Potato and protected with Bomanite Florspartic 100 sealer. The owners also received a custom brass Stout Beer Mug logo.
The design team for Upper Iowa University wanted a flooring option for their student center which achieved the same look as coated acid stained floor without the maintenance the coating requires. When approached by the construction management firm with the clients wants and needs, Bomanite Licensee, Concrete Arts located in Hudson, WI proposed Bomanite polished and dyed concrete floors for the answer.
Together it was decided that the Bomanite Patène Teres level two polished concrete system would be used. A custom blend of Bomanite Warm Honey and Bomanite Malt Brown Concrete Dyes were used to create a stained patina look, with Turquoise accents. The polished concrete floors deliver low maintenance and durability for thousands of students that walk the floors throughout the year.
Upper Iowa University was so thrilled with the look of the floor it decided to utilize it in the new Student Book Store and Liberal Arts Center. The book store incorporated a similar polished floor look and had polished concrete counter tops for the bar in the Student Center installed. The Liberal Arts building utilized precast stair treads with an open-riser look as well to create even more continuity from space to space.