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Bomanite Toronto Creates Stylish and Durable Residential Driveway with Bomanite Sandscape Texture

The Patterson’s contacted local Bomanite Licensee, Bomanite Toronto, located in Ontario Canada, for design inspiration for their front driveway that would be as awe inspiring as their home. They wanted something that was durable enough for the snowy winters, to be able to handle snow removal equipment and provide low maintenance as well as be fashionable in layout and design.

Residential Driveway receives Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Deep Washed Sandscape Texture System with a Buckskin Integral Color to Complement the Extravagant Courtyard, Basketball Brick Court and Stone Columns and Walls installed by Bomanite Toronto to withstand the Canadian Winters.Bomanite Toronto worked with the homeowners, providing several samples of different systems, aggregates and exposure levels to find the right style and design for their project. The Bomanite Sandscape Texture Exposed Aggregate System was chosen with a Buckskin Integral color for the main driveway. Approximately 3,000 square feet of concrete was poured, placed and finished. The banding along the driveway was formed and poured separately using a Limestone textured finish. Designed saw cuts throughout the driveway were also placed as part of the overall design. Exposing the aggregates with a Deep Wash brought out the aggregate colors complementing the brick surface of the basketball court as well as the checkerboard patterned courtyard entry.

Residential Driveway receives Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Deep Washed Sandscape Texture System with a Buckskin Integral Color to Complement the Extravagant Courtyard, Basketball Brick Court and Stone Columns and Walls installed by Bomanite Toronto to withstand the Canadian Winters.Bomanite Sandscape Texture is a highly durable and cost effective architectural concrete finishing option, one of the many Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Systems, that utilizes specialized concrete mix designs containing select sands and aggregates. Installed by Bomanite Licensed concrete craftsmen throughout the US and Canada, Bomanite Sandscape Texture is the product of choice for projects requiring a decorative and durable finish alternative to traditional concrete paving. Natural, regionally selected and qualified sands such as granite, quartz or limestone are the common aggregates of choice for installations. The natural non-skid properties and abrasion resistant aggregates make Bomanite Sandscape Texture the perfect choice for all exterior concrete applications.

Residential Driveway receives Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Deep Washed Sandscape Texture System with a Buckskin Integral Color to Complement the Extravagant Courtyard, Basketball Brick Court and Stone Columns and Walls installed by Bomanite Toronto to withstand the Canadian Winters.Bomanite Exposed Aggregate surfaces are durable and stylish for residential spaces that can include Driveways, Patios, Walkways and Pool Decks. Correctly placed and finished concrete combined with Bomanite Color Hardener or Bomanite Integral Color results in long lasting installations that will incur decades of use. The homeowner’s choice of using Bomanite Decorative Concrete as an eye-catching innovative design is a smart investment. Only Bomanite offers an unmatched range of innovative design options to turn ordinary concrete into something extraordinary.

The Sandscape color and finish for the Patterson’s Home complements the extravagant courtyard of concrete pavers, grass pattern and stone walls and columns earning Bomanite Toronto a Silver Award for the Best Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Project.

Premier Concrete Construction Provides Sustainable Polished Bomanite Concrete Floors for Brothers Marketplace

Brothers Marketplace is a family-owned business that has expanded into local communities bringing an innovative approach to food with unique offerings. With five locations and counting, the neighborhood market offers customers a one-stop grocery shopping and dining experience with a carefully curated selection of fresh foods, local and specialty products, delicious prepared meals, and grocery essentials. Recently a new Brothers Marketplace opened in Waltham, MA that showcases a newly finished sustainable polished concrete floor.

Designed by BHDP in collaboration with the owners, Roche Bros. the location for the Waltham Brothers Marketplace was the first to be placed in a residential building. The mixed-use structure features the Brothers Marketplace on the first floor and four floors of apartments sit above, delivering on the brand’s promise “Eat. Drink. Be Local.”

Brothers Marketplace is a family-owned business that has expanded into local communities bringing an innovative approach to food with unique offerings and showcasing a newly finished sustainable floor, Bomanite VitraFlor Polished Concrete, installed by Premier Concrete Construction in Waltham, Ma that complies with Brothers Marketplace overall quality of standards.With the market emphasizing local producers and vendors, reaching out to local Bomanite Licensee, Premier Concrete Construction, was appropriate. Premier Concrete worked with the designer and owners to establish the perfect floor not only to accommodate patrons but equipment as well; shopping carts, hand trucks, utility carts and adjustable shelving. Unlike traditional floor finishes, such as carpet or vinyl tile, polished concrete does not require extensive maintenance procedures such as waxing, burnishing or wet vacuuming, a benefit the owners appreciated.

Brothers Marketplace is a family-owned business that has expanded into local communities bringing an innovative approach to food with unique offerings and showcasing a newly finished sustainable floor, Bomanite VitraFlor Polished Concrete, installed by Premier Concrete Construction in Waltham, Ma that complies with Brothers Marketplace overall quality of standards.The Bomanite Custom Polishing VitraFlor system can be utilized on existing or new uncolored concrete. Bomanite VitraFlor utilizes select un-colored concrete that is placed and finished to standards required for decorative polished concrete flooring. The concrete is ground to expose the desired amount of aggregate, then polished to the required gloss level and treated with a Bomanite stain resist. Samples of differing gloss and aggregate exposures were reviewed. The decision was made to install the Bomanite VitraFlor system with a Class B Fine aggregate exposure, with little or no medium aggregate at random locations known as a salt and pepper finish. The floor was then polished to a Level 3, which typically produces a medium-high sheen level with a 50-60 Gloss reading. The primary benefit to Bomanite VitraFlor is the simplicity of installation and durability of the finished floor, lending to its low-maintenance and long-term sustainable features.

Brothers Marketplace was a concept born from second-generation siblings Rick and Ed Roche of the well distinguished Massachusetts supermarket, Roche Bros. In launching the Brothers Marketplace concept, they wanted to be sure that they kept within their mission of providing their customers with the highest quality products and outstanding customer service. Bomanite VitraFlor is just one of the quality decorative concrete products and systems offered by Bomanite and its licensed installers, perfect sustainable flooring for grocery stores, retail shops, industrial warehouses and more.

Architectural Concrete and Design Installed this Nature Inspired Backyard Deck with Bomanite Decorative Concrete

The homeowners of a private residence in Sandy, Utah worked with Bomanite Licensee, Architectural Concrete & Design for their backyard pool and patio hardscape. This outdoor area has a spacious pool deck, waterfall feature, fire pit, several patio areas and stairs that received a cohesive decorative concrete design using the Bomanite Imprint System with several standout coloring techniques.

Architectural Concrete and Design Installed this Nature Inspired Patio, Pool Deck, Fire Pit and Stairs in a Beautiful Stamped Concrete Slate TextureThe pool deck and upper patio were poured and the concrete colored with Bomanite Coquina Color Hardener and then a sweat textured finish was applied. Once the color hardened concrete was cured, multiple coats of Bomanite Chemical Stain in Pine and Ebony were applied and then to create the grid design, sawcuts were made in a 4′ 6″ pattern. The pool coping and waterfall feature were stained to compliment the rock surround on the waterfall.

Architectural Concrete and Design Installed this Nature Inspired Patio, Pool Deck, Fire Pit and Stairs in a Beautiful Stamped Concrete Slate TextureThe lower patio deck, stairs and fire pit were stamped with the Bomacron Slate Texture mat to provide a simple separation but collective design with the pool deck area. Bomanite Desert Tan Color Hardener and several Bomanite Release Agents in Autumn Brown, Light Brown and Mexican Tile were applied.

The homeowners were thrilled with the overall Bomanite backyard design and how it complimented and integrated with the landscaping of rock walls, creek beds and walking paths.

For more project photos: https://bomanite.com/projectprofile/private-residence-patio-and-pool-deck-sandy-ut/

Bomanite Newsletter January 2021

BOMANITE EXPOSED AGGREGATE PROVIDES MODERN SOPHISTICATION FOR YOUR OUTDOOR LIVING SPACE

BOMANITE SANDSCAPE REFINED ANTICO PROVIDES SOPHISTICATION AND SAFETY FOR MODERN TUDOR HOME
Your backyard is an extension of your home, an outdoor living space offering a bonus room that brings lounge worthy seating, entertainment elements and cooking and dining into the fresh air.  A retreat for outdoor enjoyment, intimate gatherings, appreciating the company of good friends and family while providing a place to refresh, re energize and relax were the intentions of the homeowner’s wishes. …..READ MORE

CONTEMPORARY BACKYARD EXTENDS LIVING OUTDOORS WITH BOMANITE SANDSCAPE REFINED EXPOSED AGGREGATE PATIO AND DECK
The Homeowners sought out Bomanite Toronto located in Canada for a sleek backyard patio and pool deck that would be an entertaining space with easy maintenance. Choosing a design for your outdoor living space is an important decision. Working with Bomanite Toronto’s Design Team, the homeowners visited their concrete design center to find inspiration to create their vision. Bomanite Toronto’s Design Center offers a large selection of decorative concrete forms, patterns and finishes along with project photos, floor plans and samples to help build the couple’s beautiful contemporary outdoor living space….READ MORE

Concrete Arts Ensures That Design Meets Function with Award Winning Bomanite Sandscape Refined Antico Exposed Aggregate Pool Deck

Your backyard is an extension of your home, an outdoor living space offering a bonus room that brings lounge worthy seating, entertainment elements and cooking and dining into the fresh air.  A retreat for outdoor enjoyment, intimate gatherings, appreciating the company of good friends and family while providing a place to refresh, re energize and relax were the intentions of the homeowner’s wishes. With attention to details and creating partnerships with clients, architects, designers and tradespeople, Hendel Homes, an award winning Luxury Home Builder, focuses on taking a more personal approach by building strong relationships with clients so that all of their needs are identified and applied during construction. They instill a hands-on approach to delivering diverse designs and style along with distinctive architectural features, with careful project planning, selection of materials and follow through that create comfortable environments and lasting memories.

Luxury Home Builder, Hendel Homes chose Bomanite Licensee Concrete Arts for the spacious pool deck installation for their clients modern Tudor style new home, using Bomanite Sandscape Refined Antico Exposed Aggregate provides them with the sophistication and safety desired.The homeowners sought an open-air environment that worked with their newly built modern Tudor Home by Hendel and that would provide them with areas for all to experience throughout the seasons. Hendel Homes started with a screened in porch that contained a fireplace coffee table to provide a mix of indoor/outdoor modern ambiance. The porch has an imprinted concrete floor that extends down concrete steps to a pool deck that encompasses a unique textural concrete exposed finish.  The decking is simple sophistication at it’s best. An area for relaxing and taking in the sun, an outdoor kitchen with modern architectural details and outdoor dining space are all the essentials required to create an inspiring impactful design that meets the homeowner’s criteria.

Luxury Home Builder, Hendel Homes chose Bomanite Licensee Concrete Arts for the spacious pool deck installation for their clients modern Tudor style new home, using Bomanite Sandscape Refined Antico Exposed Aggregate provides them with the sophistication and safety desired.Originality, Low-Maintenance and Safety were the core features when meeting with the Pool Builder, Atlantis Pools. Hendel Homes knew they were in good hands as they have a continuing relationship with Atlantis as well as Bomanite Licensee, Concrete Arts, Inc. After reviewing with the client several amazing pool designs that would fit with the homeowners needs and design, samples of the decking material were requested by Hendel from Concrete Arts, Inc. Established in 1994, with a passion and dedication to innovative concrete applications, Concrete Arts, Inc. was the optimal selection for providing exceptional service and creative design to the project. They provided several concrete samples that showcased details of texture and color options complementary to the exterior grounds for fluid indoor/outdoor living and entertainment. The Bomanite Exposed Aggregate System Sandscape Refined Antico was hands down the ultimate chosen decorative concrete high-end finish with a cost-effective benefit.

Bomanite Sandscape Refined is an architectural exposed concrete with a very fine exposure depth. Add the Antico process into the surface and you now have created fissures, voids and other random effects not normally seen with traditional finished concrete that is comparable to the look of natural travertine or manufactured cast stone. Sandscape Refined Antico is a unique aesthetically pleasing alternative system for pool decks or anywhere that improved wear resistance for light- to moderate-duty vehicular or foot traffic is required. Sandscape Refined Antico provides long term durability, low maintenance and high safety features for homeowners who desire the appeal of a slip resistant surface with an original decorative concrete finish.

Concrete Arts, Inc. earned the 2019 Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Project Over 6,000 Sq. Ft – Honorable Mention Award for their expert installment of the Bomanite Decorative Concrete Finish ensuring that design meets function.

Belarde Company Installs Stamped Concrete Bridge for Downtown Bellevue Park Inspiration Playground

The expansion and redesign of Bellevue’s Downtown Park was a long-time vision for civic leaders that has finally come to completion. Bomanite Licensee, Belarde Company installed a variety of stairs, sidewalks, and plazas throughout the 21-acre site as well as a key Bomanite architectural concrete feature in the newly designed Inspiration Playground.

Downtown Bellevue Park Designs Inspiration Playground using Bomanite Decorative Concrete from Belarde Company, Washington forming a Concrete Bridge for the Splash Pad The Bellevue Rotary Club was instrumental in helping to expand the original playground in the Downtown Park to include an innovative play space where kids of all ages and abilities can play and explore at their own pace. With the Design of Carol Henry from Design Concepts, the park is dedicated to fun, imagination and learning, and presents a universally accessible play experience that creates an overall truly Inspiration(al) Playground. The new playground offers interactive features that engage the senses, create inclusiveness and accommodate children of all abilities and their caregivers.

Downtown Bellevue Park Designs Inspiration Playground using Bomanite Decorative Concrete from Belarde Company, Washington forming a Concrete Bridge for the Splash Pad Belarde Company’s expertise lends to a creative small wooden bridge made of stamped concrete. The bridge planks and sides highlight the Bomacron “12” Boardwalk” pattern from the Bomanite Imprint Systems collection.  The installation of a horizontal concrete imprinted surface by itself is fairly straightforward.  However, constructing all the surfaces to replicate wooden planks required special attention to detail. Constructing the bridge required a monolithic horizontal and vertical concrete pour, strip color, imprint and finish process.   Even the ends of the ‘planks’ utilized the Bomanite system.  In addition, the bridge was embedded in the banks of an artificial stream water “Splash Pad” play area. Belarde Company constructed the stream bed using a hand-seeded multi-colored glass and aggregates system on its surface.

Downtown Bellevue Park Designs Inspiration Playground using Bomanite Decorative Concrete from Belarde Company, Washington forming a Concrete Bridge for the Splash Pad The project presented several challenges beyond the multiple surfaces of the bridge that included a very aggressive schedule. The owner, the City of Bellevue, was adamant that the project had to be completed before their annual Fourth of July Celebration which had been held at the Downtown Bellevue Park for over 30 years. Adding to the schedule constraints and to the inherent difficulties of installing various architectural concrete systems, Bellevue recorded its wettest winter ever! The Belarde Company team built a temporary tent structure over the bridge’s work area to adapt to the rain ensuring that a high-quality project would be delivered on time. By working closely with the City of Bellevue and Design Concepts, Belarde Company’s experience, attention to detail, and ability to coordinate, ensured the satisfaction of all parties and more importantly, a unique playground that the children visiting this unique interactive play area in Bellevue can enjoy for years to come.

To learn more about the Bellevue Park: https://bellevuewa.gov/city-government/departments/parks/parks-and-trails/parks/bellevue-downtown-park

Watch the inspiration behind the design: https://youtu.be/KEP-FtwFLOo

Bomanite December Newsletter 2020

Bomanite December Newsletter 2020

UNIVERSAL ACCESSIBLE INSPIRATION PLAYGROUND USES BOMANITE IMPRINT SYSTEMS BOARDWALK PATTERN FOR BRIDGE DESIGN ELEMENT

The expansion and redesign of Bellevue’s Downtown Park was a long-time vision for civic leaders that has finally come to completion. Bomanite Licensee, Belarde Company installed a variety of stairs, sidewalks, and plazas throughout the 21-acre site as well as a key Bomanite architectural concrete feature in the newly designed Inspiration Playground…READ MORE

Bomanite of Tulsa Achieves Architects Design Intent with Bomanite Sandscape Texture Exposed Aggregate System

Local Bomanite Licensee, Bomanite of Tulsa, Inc. installed the exterior decorative concrete walkway and front entry for the newly constructed Tulsa County Family Center for Juvenile Justice. The 150,000-square-foot Family Center has three main components. The Juvenile Court, Juvenile Bureau and the multiple agencies that support them are in a two-story building on the west side of the property. The detention facility, with its gym, classrooms and other components, are on the east side. In between sits a courtyard and recreation area that includes a basketball hoop and sports courts.

Bomanite of Tulsa, placed artistic decorative concrete walkways consisting of Bomanite Sandscape Texture Exposed Aggregate with several different colors of gray Bomanite Con-Color to provide an inviting exterior space and entrance to the Family Center for Juvenile Justice Facility.The new facility reclaims a dilapidated industrial area of downtown Tulsa. With a large footprint and multiple areas needing a comprehensive design, Selser Schaefer Architects were asked to take on the project. The Juvenile Bureau of the District Court promotes innovative social and rehabilitative services with dignity and respect for children and their families. With this mission in mind, Selser Schaefer Architects created a design that enhances the complex interaction and creates an environment of transparency and hope while incorporating creative applications of economical materials that fit within the existing warehouse context and bridging the gap to the adjacent Tulsa Arts District.

Bomanite of Tulsa, placed artistic decorative concrete walkways consisting of Bomanite Sandscape Texture Exposed Aggregate with several different colors of gray Bomanite Con-Color to provide an inviting exterior space and entrance to the Family Center for Juvenile Justice Facility.Working with Selser Schaefer Architects, Bomanite of Tulsa, Inc. prepared several samples of finishes and colors that would work with the overall design and budget of the exterior hardscape. Selser Schaefer Architects ultimately decided on the Bomanite Sandscape Texture Exposed Aggregate System with several colors of gray Bomanite Con-Color in alternating squares of Shale Gray, Cobblestone Gray and Nickel Gray for the exterior walkways and entrance to the Family Center. To enhance the design, words of metal letters (Intervention, empowerment, diversion, prevention, family, community) were embedded into the decorative concrete to bring in an industrial modern artsy element and as a reminder of the mission of the Family Center.

Bomanite of Tulsa, placed artistic decorative concrete walkways consisting of Bomanite Sandscape Texture Exposed Aggregate with several different colors of gray Bomanite Con-Color to provide an inviting exterior space and entrance to the Family Center for Juvenile Justice Facility.Bomanite Sandscape® Texture is a highly durable and cost effective architectural concrete finishing option that utilizes specialized concrete mix designs containing select sands and aggregates. Installed by Bomanite Licensed concrete craftsmen throughout the US and Canada, Bomanite Sandscape Texture is the product of choice for projects requiring a decorative and durable finish alternative to traditional concrete paving. Natural, regionally selected and qualified sands such as granite, quartz or limestone are the common aggregates of choice for installations. The natural non-skid properties and abrasion resistant aggregates make Bomanite Sandscape Texture the perfect choice for all exterior concrete applications including walkways, entrances, municipal or public works projects, hospitals, educational facilities, museums, pool decks, plazas and more.

Bomanite of Tulsa, Inc. earned the 2019 Honorable Mention Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Over 6,000 Sq. Ft Award for their craftsmanship and installation of the artistic Bomanite Decorative Concrete walkways and front entrance that met the Architect’s design intent, creating an inviting and reflective exterior space for the Family Center for Juvenile Justice.

Bomanite Toronto Designs an Award Winning Contemporary Backyard with Bomanite Sandscape Refined Exposed Aggregate

The Homeowners sought out Bomanite Toronto located in Canada for a sleek backyard patio and pool deck that would be an entertaining space with easy maintenance. Choosing a design for your outdoor living space is an important decision. Working with Bomanite Toronto’s Design Team, the homeowners visited their concrete design center to find inspiration to create their vision. Bomanite Toronto’s Design Center offers a large selection of decorative concrete forms, patterns and finishes along with project photos, floor plans and samples to help build the couple’s beautiful contemporary outdoor living space.

The Homeowners sought out Bomanite Toronto in Canada for a sleek backyard pool deck using the Bomanite Sandscape Refined Exposed Aggregate SystemA plan was devised for the 1,500 sq. ft. space that satisfied all of the homeowner’s needs for them to enjoy any season or time of day. An area for dining, lounging and entertaining were designed. The Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Sandscape Refined System was the final selection for the complete patio and pool deck surface. Choosing concrete as the base with a fine aggregate finish delivers the industrial feel with a modernity style. Wood walls and new plantings soften any hard edges and add privacy, while a pool water feature reduces any neighboring sounds. Artificial Grass strips provide design and functionality. Installed to mitigate drainage issues the grass strips reflect the modern style and define separate areas of use.

The Homeowners sought out Bomanite Toronto in Canada for a sleek backyard pool deck using the Bomanite Sandscape Refined Exposed Aggregate SystemThe Bomanite Sandscape Refined System utilizes specialized concrete mix designs, dry shake color hardener and/or integral color, topical treatments and advanced application procedures to produce a finished product that showcases the fine aggregate. The final product is a unique alternate to other decorative concrete finishes that produces a contemporary monolithic concrete slab with a low life cycle cost due to the pre-aged nature of the surface.  Bomanite Sandscape Refined is versatile and suited for exterior applications both new construction and major renovation projects. It is a perfect choice anywhere that improved wear resistance for light- to moderate-duty vehicular or foot traffic combined with an architectural finish is a necessity.

The Homeowners sought out Bomanite Toronto in Canada for a sleek backyard pool deck using the Bomanite Sandscape Refined Exposed Aggregate SystemDue to the use of Bomanite Color Hardener, these highly durable surfaces are available in a multitude of colors, including cost effective light-reflective formulations that may not require the use of white cement to reduce heat island effect. Not only does Bomanite Sandscape Refined create the durability needed for busy backyard entertaining but also provides the low-maintenance requirements for a space built for recreation and relaxation, sunbathing by day, dining by moonlight or conversing by fire all awhile beautifully enhancing your home’s exterior.

Bomanite Toronto earned the 2019 Honorable Mention Best Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Project under 6,000 sq, ft Award for creating a contemporary outdoor space designed for entertaining and easy maintenance with the Bomanite Sandscape Refined System.

Bomanite Decorative Concrete Contractors Give Back to the Community

Bomanite Cares across the U.S.A., Bomanite licensed decorative concrete contractors make a difference in their communities

Humanitarian, hero, and three-time heavyweight champion of the world, Mohammed Ali once said, “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” Revered for his accomplishments in the ring and beloved the world over for his sharp wit and big heart outside of it, Ali’s legacy is that of The People’s Champion. David Edwards also enjoys a challenge and relishes the chance to give back. As the co-owner of Edwards Concrete Bomanite in Winter Garden, Florida, Edwards has been in the concrete business for more than 40 years. His firm specializes in decorative concrete applications and between the heat and humidity and Florida’s frequently difficult soil conditions, every job his firm does seems to have a few challenges.

“We do stamped concrete, exposed aggregate, polished, colored, and stained concrete,” says Edwards, who has been a Bomanite licensed contractor since 1989. His team of approximately 25 has been devising decorative concrete solutions across central Florida for four decades in service to theme parks, commercial contractors, and public institutions of all sorts and scales. “We don’t shy away from difficult jobs, and while I wear a lot of hats, I enjoy getting into the design side of the work quite a bit.”

When the COVID-19 shattered the world’s sense of normality in early 2020, Edwards was inspired to make a meaningful contribution to his community and quickly harnessed his team’s talents to put a little happiness in the lives of others. “My wife and I grew up in Ocoee, Florida and have lived here our whole lives,” says Edwards. “When the pandemic hit, we wanted to do something for the local health care workers who were putting their lives on the line for people in this community.” Edwards first approached Mayor Rusty Johnson about a charitable giving project he had in mind for the Orlando Health – Central Hospital in Ocoee, Fl. Once the seed was planted, Edwards and his team quickly conceived of a way to enliven the building’s entrance with a decorative token of esteem. In a group effort, Edwards secured material donations from his long-time local suppliers of ready-mix concrete, lumber, and metalwork to assemble the resources required.

The result is a beautiful patio garden next to the building’s staff entrance where health care workers can catch a moment of reprieve from the rigors within. A bold blue heart of Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Concrete in a glass finish is surrounded by blocks of Portland cement seeded with mother of pearl flakes and white chip granite. Strips of artificial turf segment the concrete sections to make the whole patio a refreshing pop of vibrant color that offers a warm welcome and a calm, quiet respite to the hospital’s healthcare workers. “We absolutely appreciate the healthcare workers on the front lines of this pandemic,” says Edwards with genuine satisfaction. “This resting area was meant to help them replenish themselves amid the stress and challenges of their jobs. We were fortunate to be considered an essential service in the early stages of the pandemic and wanted to show our support for the healthcare workers and our community.”

Tyler Balch is a second-generation owner of Texas Bomanite in Dallas. “Since the firm was founded in 1987, one of our core beliefs has been giving back to the community we serve,” says Balch of the firm’s operational foundation. Texas Bomanite employs close to 100 people and completes commercial architectural concrete projects across most of Texas from offices in Dallas and Austin. When the firm was approached about a small but significant polished concrete project for The American Fallen Soldiers Project in Addison, Texas, Balch knew immediately that their cause was worthy of charitable consideration.

A 501c3 non-profit organization, The American Fallen Soldiers Project honors and memorializes American military service members who made the ultimate sacrifice with an original, hand-painted portrait of the fallen that is presented to their family. The brainchild of artist Phil Taylor, each portrait is undertaken to provide Gold Star Families with a small token of comfort and compassion in their time of loss. When the organization leased a new office and gallery space in a suburban office park and inquired about a polished concrete floor, Texas Bomanite decided to do it at a discount. “They wanted a polished concrete floor with a black orchid dye to give the space a very high-end, museum-quality feel,” shares Balch of the scope of work. “Because of the condition of the existing concrete slab, the work involved a lot of patching and grinding to prep the floor to be polished. We felt this was a cause we would be proud to get behind, so we donated time and materials equal to about 28 percent of the total cost. With Bomanite you are getting the best of the best, so making this an affordable option for a very worthy recipient made everyone involved feel fantastic.”

In Aurora, Colorado Bomanite licensed contractor, Colorado Hardscapes, supported a feel-good project of a different sort. Founded in 1947, Colorado Hardscapes has been Front Range Colorado’s premier decorative concrete contractors since the industry’s inception. When they learned of a local effort by the Make-A-Wish Foundation to build a sensory garden and playground for a local 7-year-old boy, Colorado Hardscapes jumped on board.
“The City of Aurora teamed up with the Make a Wish Foundation and a whole host of others to develop a fully-accessible playground with a sensory focus at Red-Tailed Hawk Park near the child’s home. We knew right away this was something we wanted to be a part of,” says Project Manager, Christy Bol. The child’s wish of wishes was simply to go to the park to play and laugh with other children and making that dream come true was a joy and honor for all involved.

The 8,000 SF site features a sensory wall composed of a tactile composition of shapes, textures, and colors, a wavy walk that undulates like a roller coaster, and swings, spinners, and slides of several sorts. A Bomanite Topping Systems – Micro-Top XT was used to make the sensory wall pop with color, while a Bomanite imprint texture mat added a high-touch surface to the rising wall. Bomanite Con-Color was also used to stain the concrete to add swooshes of whimsical flair to flatwork surfaces.“We donated the materials and labor to do  the wavy walk and stained concrete design throughout the park and did the vibrant, textured seat wall at cost,” says Bol. “We were also able to secure a donation from our concrete supplier, Aggregate Industries, for all of the concrete we installed.” Beyond the giving back, Bol shares that the project called upon Colorado Hardscapes’ artistic capacities. “There was only a sketch to start with, so our team got to be creative in conceptualizing the parts and pieces of this one-of-a-kind sensory wall.”

From functional to fantastic, these projects explore the many interesting and innovative possibilities in the world of decorative concrete while illuminating a common bond between Bomanite’s nation-wide network of licensed contractors. “From our perspective, we feel like we have been blessed to be a part of this great community-enhancing project,” finishes Bol. “Charitable giving is a great way to give back and show our commitment to the people and places our projects serve in a long-lasting, meaningful way.”

Written By Sean O’Keefe