Category Archives: Streetscape

Connecticut Bomanite Beautifies Downtown Danbury Transit

Sidewalks featuring Medium Ashlar Slate and Soldier Course Belgian Block patterns decorative concrete Bomanite Imprint Systems.Danbury, CT, has embraced the vision of TOD, Transit-Oriented Development, to help revitalize downtown Danbury.  At the key of their TOD vision is a plan for higher density compact urban development that features walkable, pedestrian-friendly streetscapes and sidewalks, within a 10-minute walk of the train station and, connecting various modes of transit, jobs, housing, services, and amenities.  The streetscapes and sidewalks play a major role in attracting investment, new businesses, and employees to Downtown Danbury.  Whether an area is walkable depends on the physical condition of the space accessible to pedestrians as well as the perception of the physical space and its attractiveness to those who do and could utilize it.  The previous existing streetscape improvements were constructed in 1993 and in need of replacement, as evidenced by this Google Street View picture below from 2018.Google Maps Street View Danbury, CT, Downtown sidewalks July 2018.  The city selected Colonna Concrete & Asphalt Paving, LLC as the main contractor, and Connecticut Bomanite Systems was chosen to install the decorative concrete sidewalks for the roughly $12 million project.

 

Decorative Concrete Creates an Architectural Artistic Aesthetic

Sidewalks featuring Medium Ashlar Slate and Soldier Course Belgian Block patterns decorative concrete Bomanite Imprint Systems.Connecticut Bomanite, working with the City of Danbury, CT, installed the Bomanite Imprint Systems and chose the Medium Ashlar Slate pattern and the Soldier Course Belgian Block pattern.  They were the perfect choices in order to meet the project objective of making the downtown more pedestrian-friendly and appealing to shoppers, diners, and developers.  Instead of the higher cost of installing natural paving materials such as slate or granite, Bomanite Imprint Systems has been used in a wide variety of residential, commercial, and municipal applications to upgrade plain concrete or asphalt.  Bomanite Imprint Systems, the original cast-in-place, colored and imprinted architectural concrete paving, offers unmatched durability to withstand the toughest traffic loads and harshest environmental conditions.

Pick A Pattern, Pick A Color, Bring Your Own

Sidewalks featuring Medium Ashlar Slate and Soldier Course Belgian Block patterns decorative concrete Bomanite Imprint Systems.

 

For over five decades, Bomanite Imprint Systems have offered design professionals and homeowners a virtually limitless palette of patterns, textures, and colors – at a fraction of the cost of traditional materials. Bomanite Imprint Systems gives you more than 400 distinct patterns and associated textures with a wide variety of standard and custom coloring options. You can choose from many natural textures including slate, granite, limestone, sandstone, cobblestone and used brick. For decorative concrete architectural paving, accept no substitutes.

Sidewalks featuring Medium Ashlar Slate and Soldier Course Belgian Block patterns decorative concrete Bomanite Imprint Systems.

 

 

Bomanite molds are developed from natural products such as stone or wood as well as unconventional surfaces such as metal or plastic or whatever your imagination may bring to the table.  Images, logos, borders and highly custom textures are all part of the Bomanite offering.  Bomacron patterns are a textured version of the original Bomanite patterns. This product is cast-in-place, colored and imprinted, plus it provides added dimension of texture and relief between the joint lines (shallow joint configurations).

 

Award Winning Decorative Concrete

Sidewalks featuring Medium Ashlar Slate and Soldier Course Belgian Block patterns decorative concrete Bomanite Imprint Systems.Connecticut Bomanite Systems has an unsurpassed reputation of meeting and exceeding their clients’ expectations.  They deliver projects on time, under budget, and according to specs.  For this project they received the 2021 Bronze Award for Best Bomanite Imprint Systems Project.  In a post-COVID world, this sidewalk “refresh” is exactly what the merchants and citizens of Downtown Danbury needed to provide an environment where the arts, culture, commerce, and excitement can thrive.  It helps create the necessary ambience for Danbury’s citizens and visitors to enjoy now and into the decades ahead.

Beyond Concrete installs Award Winning Bomanite Alloy Street Design for Two World Trade Center

Bomanite Licensee, Beyond Concrete, was called upon to help with the Landscape Architects street design for the new World Trade Center Tower Two. The plan called for a street design with sitting area located between the two towers, connecting the next to be constructed Tower Two, and the newly finished Tower One.

Being that this project was the World Trade Center rebuild security was top notch during the installation. Working at the site required daily security passes for all Beyond Concrete’s crew members. It took as much as two hours each day to go through the security checks, lunch breaks required the General Contractor, Posillico Civil, Inc. to provide an escort so the Beyond Concrete team could return to the work area.

The theme of the design was to have the overall tone set in the gray family, starting from light gray at the building line and transitioning to dark gray by the street area. The project design consisted of approximately 7200 sq. ft. of 7” thick, epoxy reinforced concrete, poured in five twelve-foot-wide strips, each strip approximately 120 feet long. The 12 ft. wide strips were divided into 12’ x 12’ squares and saw cut into 3’ x 6’ rectangles for dimension and style.

The World Trade Center Tower project required multiple samples and conversations with the architect given the complexity of design and the various pour thicknesses the site dictated. The original request was for the Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Sandscape Texture System in five different shades of gray to be installed in sequence, exposing local sands within the integrally colored concrete.

It was determined that in order to have a consistent appearance there needed to be two processes used on site to accommodate the conditions that both resulted in the same finish. A bonded overlay for thinner sections and an unbonded topping slab for thicker. Once the process was determined and the architect saw the more decorative Bomanite Alloy finishes, the decision to use the Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Alloy System was clearly the best choice.

Some sections of the installation required priming and a mortar bed that was slurry overlayed with Bomanite Alloy Color Hardener. The standard areas used conventional concrete with the Bomanite Alloy Color Hardener applied in a traditional dry-shake fashion. All areas received the same final finishing and exposure of the fine reflective aggregates contained within the Alloy.  The color started with Bomanite Nickel Gray Alloy and progressed towards the street with Shale Gray, Castle Gray, Coal Gray and ended with Cobblestone Gray.

Beyond Concrete achieved the Architects vision with the best Bomanite Decorative Concrete System and in conjunction provided a low-maintenance, high wear resistant, architectural concrete finish for the 2 World Trade Center Tower Street Design. For their outstanding work, Beyond Concrete received the 2018 Best Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Project Bronze Award. Bomanite Decorative Concrete at its finest!