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Choctaw Cultural Center and Museum

The Choctaw Cultural Center in Durant, Oklahoma is dedicated to preserving and perpetuating Choctaw culture and history through exhibitions and programs. The newly finished cultural center is over 100,000 square feet and houses two exhibit halls, a Permanent Exhibit Hall: A four-part story focusing on the history of the Choctaw tribe from ancestral times (circa 1250) to current day in Oklahoma; and a Temporary Exhibit Hall: For traveling exhibits, community curated exhibits and special events throughout the year. Also included is an art gallery, auditorium, Children’s Luksi (turtle) activity center, state-of-the art classrooms, offices, the Champuli Restaurant and Hvshi Gift Store. The surrounding site incorporates a stickball field, living village and a traditional mound.

Bomanite of Tulsa, Inc. had the pleasure of working with the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma as well as architects, JCJ Architecture to bring to life the art and design for the interior entrance flooring of the new facility. The architects crafted textures and patterns with intention and local sourced materials. Following a journey through 14,000 years and over hundreds of miles, immersive exhibits convey each component of the Choctaw story through authentic and historically accurate landscapes, pictures, artwork and artifacts.

Throughout the Choctaw Cultural Center, small design details are placed that reflect the Choctaw culture. For example, the diamond is an important symbol to the Chahta people and often represents the Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake. The diamond pattern is replicated in the decorative concrete pathway that sits between the hardwood and stone flooring. The project was unusual for Bomanite of Tulsa as in working with the designer’s intent the chosen Bomanite Exposed Aggregate System Revealed and Bomanite Sandscape Texture are traditionally exterior applications, however the clients truly desired the exposed look with bright native American colors to go with the additional rustic flooring materials for the interior space. Bomanite Revealed is a sustainable finishing option that incorporates a unique binder and color blending process with specialty aggregates that works for projects requiring a highly decorative and durable finish. The Bomanite Revealed with solid glass aggregates in white, black, red and yellow was selected for the vibrant diamond border as well as the circle surrounding the firepit.

Once the newly poured concrete base slab was readied and hardwood flooring and stone accent flooring were installed, Bomanite of Tulsa had to make sure the Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Systems were level with the existing surfaces. The need was met by building up the area by 1 inch to 1 ½ inches. Providing a technically challenging project, a bonded application for both systems were used. Expansion joints had to run through the borders as well as be incorporated in the diamond pattern, brass divider strips were used to set apart the different colors of glass aggregates. The Bomanite Sandscape Texture in Autumn Brown utilizes specialized concrete mix designs containing select sands and aggregates was the choice for the pathway between the stonework. Matching the Sandscape color to the stone provided for a cohesive design. The natural non-skid properties and abrasion resistant aggregates make both Bomanite Revealed and Bomanite Sandscape Texture the perfect choice for entries, municipal or public works projects, hospitals, educational facilities, museums, pool decks, plazas and more.

The Choctaw Cultural Center offers visitors a truly unique experience with textural variation and distinct decorative detail. With the Bomanite Decorative Concrete Systems a variety of modernized mixes and an unlimited palette of colors, textures and locally sourced aggregate options are available to choose from, providing cost-effective solutions that are more durable than ever for that creative artistic expression.

Bomanite of Tulsa, Inc. Tulsa OK, received the Best Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Systems Project GOLD AWARD for their brilliant work on the Choctaw Cultural Center and Museum. The Choctaw Cultural Center welcomes all visitors to explore the rich history, culture, and experiences of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and its community and now have a rich and beautiful Bomanite Decorative Concrete Interior entry area.

The Citadel Office Building

Owners of The Citadel office building worked with Bomanite Licensee Colorado Hardscapes and Dig Studio (designer / LA) to provide a solution to an unsightly wall and discolored and deteriorated exterior granite paving. The key – as always – was to stay within the budget. Instead of installing new granite, Bomanite Sandscape Textured concrete was the chosen material used for the patio area. Installing two different colors, uncolored concrete and Sunset Rose Integral color with black silica sand, the patio was poured and then saw cut into “tiles” to replicate the granite.

The wall, rather than being removed and replaced, was covered using the Bomanite Micro-Top ST system. Micro-Top ST can simulate the Bomanite Sandscape Texture Exposed Aggregate System by spray applying the material using different colors to achieve a multi-dimensional texture. The new area surpasses the aesthetic appeal of the surrounding granite.

Bomanite Micro-Top ST has excellent adhesion and weather resistance that is perfect for applying over almost any clean, correctly prepared and primed surface including concrete, cement block, tile, metal and wood. Providing a tough, slip resistant water-retardant coating that substantially reduces water penetration, freeze-thaw scaling and concrete carbonation, Bomanite Micro-Top ST is the most durable and versatile product for spot accent areas, wall coverings, up the side of a building or asphalt street sections going above and beyond the benefits of granite installations.

Patterson Residential Driveway

The Patterson’s contacted local Bomanite Licensee, Bomanite Toronto 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.

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.

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.

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.

Spang Residential Pool Deck (SRA)

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.

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.

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.

Tulsa County Family Center for Juvenile Justice

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.

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.

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 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.

Kleinburg Residential Patio and Pool 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.

A 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 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. Due 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.

Gabriel’s Retreat Pool Deck

Concrete Arts, Inc was called upon to help create this stunning backyard transformation. The Homeowners previously had a stamped concrete pool deck that weathered the smart winters of Wisconsin and provided summer kid play and family fun gatherings for 12 years. With the kids growing older, the homeowners decided it was time to create and renovate the space to provide a more adult oriented entertaining retreat.

Concrete Arts, Inc. tore out the existing stamped concrete as well as the fencing which was limiting the size and design of the project and was no longer needed per a change in the city ordinance. The homeowner wanted to have several seating areas for entertaining and relaxing so creating shade and expanding the deck was a must. Once the old concrete was removed the footings were installed for the pergola and trellis design. Seventeen 18” x 54” frost footings were drilled and poured. Concrete Arts then started the process of building the imposing structure out of rough-sawn cedar. Simpson decorative fasteners were used to add aesthetics to the structure, and it was stained with Australian Timber Oil.

Once the pergola was built, Concrete Arts was able to begin setting forms for the concrete decking. The existing slide was eliminated and replaced with five water fountains which shoot into the pool for a playful touch. A concrete basin was erected at the side of the deck for the basalt stone fountain water feature providing an artful background with textural variation.
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The homeowners had such success with their stamped concrete pool deck they knew they wanted to continue with the same medium. Upon approval of the decorative concrete samples, Concrete Arts working with award winning designer Mark Hauri from MH3 Design Group for layout and design, installed the Bomanite Revealed Exposed Aggregate System in antique white and slate gray colors with a sprinkling of Mirror Glass for that added sparkle.  A light etching was given to the concrete surface and then a penetrating silicone sealer to provide an extra layer of protection and water repellent.

Bomanite Revealed is a durable monolithic topping system composed of a unique blend of cements, admixtures, recycled pozzolans, pigment and graded mineral aggregates that uses traditional concrete and advanced application technology. Bomanite Revealed creates a beneficial low life cycle cost that fits applications for pool decks, splash pads, plazas, shopping centers, schools and exterior walkways—anywhere improved wear resistance for light- to moderate-duty traffic with highly decorative appearance and durability is required. These highly durable surfaces are available in a multitude of standard and custom options, including light-reflective formulations that reduce heat island effect, hard to achieve colors for concrete, water resistant formulations for wet areas and other specialty applications, providing a Bomanite Decorative Concrete System that is tailored to your project and a suitable system for this beautiful renovated backyard pool deck.

To finish the distinct decorative detail, concrete tables were created in the matching deck color scheme for two seating areas. LED lights were added and poured in the tables for a dramatic nighttime luminosity. A perfect pergola, modern color scheme and romantic planting palette transformed this backyard into the homeowners retreat that will provide many years of sophisticated fun and relaxing moments. The Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Systems create the elegance needed to match the design in color and type of aggregates available, decorative finishes and designed sawcuts revealing just how brilliant concrete can be.

Bomanite Licensee, Concrete Arts Inc. received the Silver Award for the Best Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Systems under 6,000 Sq. Ft project for their installation of this backyard retreat using Bomanite Revealed Decorative Concrete.

St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station

St. Louis Union Station is an amazing collective adventure of a giant Ferris Wheel, fire and light shows, delicious dining establishments, an old time carousel, 18-hole mini golf, ropes course and the recently opened grand aquarium that features one-of-a-kind exhibits and marine environments for thousands of aquatic animals from the rivers and oceans of the world that is housed in 1.3 million gallons of water. The St. Louis Aquarium is a 120,000-sq-ft, two-story attraction built inside the footprint of a nearly 500,000-sq-ft 19th century iron umbrella train shed that is designated as a National Historic Landmark.

One of the most high-tech and hands-on built aquariums, Architect and designer PGAV Destinations train themed aquatic environment is the centerpiece of a $187 million St. Louis Union Station family entertainment complex. An immersive, virtual train ride on one of two full-size replica passenger rail cars takes guests inside the aquarium. The ride honors St. Louis Union Station’s railroad past with a multimedia experience that travels through a trip to the rivers and oceans of the world, narrated by actor and St. Louis native John Goodman. When the train doors open, visitors find themselves at the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers where they can see the fish that inhabit America’s great rivers, such as alligator gar, paddlefish, sturgeon, catfish, and many more. Additional exhibits include playful North American River Otters, Shark Canyon and The Deep exhibit that is home to animals that include exotic and endangered Leafy Sea Dragons, jellyfish, a Giant Pacific Octopus and a coral reef. Throughout, hands-on opportunities allow guests interactive play while bringing together state-of-the-art technology, animal care, education, and conservation with the excitement of aquatic creatures.

PGAV Destinations, known for their design work on 50 fantastical aquariums around the world, had been searching for the right finish for the “River Pavement” they desired on the exterior plaza feature of the St. Louis Aquarium that represented the confluence. After discovering their original design of epoxy terrazzo was not recommended for exterior use, the search ended when the designer was attending a lunch and learn presented by Bomanite Licensee, Musselman & Hall Contractors, LLC. Nate Harris, Business Development Manager for Musselman & Hall, shared pictures and samples of the Bomanite Revealed decorative concrete system and, as simple as that, the decision was made. That very afternoon PGAV notified McCarthy Building Companies (GC) to contact Musselman & Hall about installing the River Pavement design. Bomanite Revealed is an architectural exposed concrete with varying exposure depths using decorative aggregates that use advanced application procedures to produce a finished product that showcases the seeded aggregate. Musselman & Hall Contractors worked with PGAV to iron out the details of color and aggregates, samples were made for the final decorative concrete selection and installation of the 372 square foot feature proceeded.

To begin the installation Musselman & Hall first had to set the forms to the designed shape to emulate the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers. Additionally, blockouts had to be made for the “railroad bridges” to be installed later with pavers. A plain concrete base slab held down ½” from the finish elevation needed to be poured first. Once the base placed, the Bomanite Revealed was mixed on site adding the selected blue integral concrete color, a combination of 3 different colors of blue glass aggregates, and clear glass aggregate to the mix. This mixture was applied at a ½” thickness directly over the primed base concrete for a monolithic bond. Engraving of the river names completed the work.

Bomanite Revealed provides 100% exposure of the decorative aggregate with no native sands detracting from the finished appearance. The final product is a unique alternative to other decorative concrete finishes while producing a monolithic concrete slab with a low life cycle cost due to the pre-aged nature of the surface. Bomanite Revealed is suited for exterior applications—anywhere that improved wear resistance for light to moderate-duty vehicular or foot traffic combined with an architectural finish is desired. Although very challenging, the task was completed perfectly, resulting in a beautiful educational representation of the river confluence for the St. Louis hi-tech hands-on Aquarium.

Musselman & Hall Contractors, LLC were recognized for their creative solution and intricate installation of Bomanite Revealed decorative concrete with the GOLD AWARD for the Best Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Systems under 6,000 Sq. Ft project for the St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station.

CoLab CoHousing Community

CoLab is an impressive 7-story podium student housing residential development with 253 apartment units that house 727 individual bedrooms and includes top-notch amenities. The 5-story residential component sits atop a 2-story partially buried parking garage creating a unique above ground level installation for outdoor amenities. Colorado Hardscapes, a Bomanite Decorative Concrete Contractor worked with Landscape Architect, Britina Designs to make the outdoor living space a stylish modern green community. Environmentally conscious, CoLab chose materials and systems to minimize waste and maximize energy.

The CoLab Student Living Housing Community, a USGBC Gold LEED project, brings the outdoors in with smartly styled study spaces, a rooftop deck and several lush outdoor gathering areas for tenants to enjoy; the pool court (Resort-Style Pool), Fire Court (Outdoor Lounge) and Water Court (Table Games) all featuring decorative concrete.  During the design stage Britina Designs visited Colorado Hardscapes Showroom viewing several samples of different concrete systems and to determine the final finishes, aggregates and colors.

Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Systems Sandscape Texture was chosen for the general walkways and courtyards with an inviting eye-catching alternating band of color panels of flatwork. The Bomanite Sandscape Texture was also incorporated into the pool coping with a child safety grip and coordinating color. Bomanite Sandscape Texture utilizes specialized concrete mix designs, additives, decorative mineral aggregates, topical treatments and advanced application procedures to produce a finished product that resembles sand blasted concrete through fine “quarried stone”. Bomanite Sandscape Texture typically involves the use of Bomanite Integral Color and may incorporate specialized natural, regionally selected and qualified sands such as slag, granite, quartz or limestone.

The Bomanite Sandscape Refined Series is similar in design to conventional Sandscape, based on the exposure of fine quartz aggregates but bound in Bomanite Color Hardener. The resulting texture is known as “sugar cube finish”; the feel of the concrete mimics the texture of formed sugar cubes. Due to the use of Bomanite Color Hardener, the Bomanite Sandscape Texture Refined Series is available in a multitude of standard and custom options, including cost effective light-reflective formulations that do not require the use of white cement to reduce heat island effect. The Sandscape Refined Architectural Concrete Finish was installed around the firepit lounge area and included amber glass and crushed mirror glass for a natural reflective nighttime sheen.

The Bomanite Toppings Systems Micro-Top ST, a spray applied concrete resurfacing product, has excellent adhesion and weather resistance with the ability to withstand prolonged pedestrian and light duty vehicular traffic. Bomanite Micro-Top ST provides a tough, slip resistant water-retardant coating that substantially reduces water penetration, freeze-thaw scaling and concrete carbonation making it perfect choice for the exterior areas of this Denver Community Housing development. Colorado Hardscapes placed the Micro-Top ST on curbs, steps and walls with a custom color match to complement the surrounding finishes. Once the finish was complete the owners loved the look so much that they requested an additional application to the front foundation.

A popular growing technique, Colorado Hardscapes installed Board-formed Concrete, for the fire pit, water features and outdoor kitchen BBQ. Board-formed Concrete is a process of patterning concrete that leaves a wood grain image on the finished face of the concrete. Because concrete is extremely well-suited as a finished material in modern design, by imprinting the wood grain on the surface, it visually softens and warms concrete’s somewhat cooler appearance while still allowing concrete to express the construction technique giving a modern yet rustic organic vibe to these CoLab outdoor hangouts.

CoLab achieved LEED GOLD certification with the collaboration efforts from the owner/developer, designers, contractors, and consultants that led to points in the following categories: High Efficiency Heating and Cooling Systems; Energy Efficient Appliances; High Efficiency Hot Water Heating; Energy Efficient Lighting; Indoor Environment Quality; Innovation & Design Process; and Material and Resources. Making a LEED Gold certified community, CoLab provides the peace of mind to tenants of knowing their community was built and operates in an environmentally friendly manner with the generated benefits of energy-efficiency and cost-savings. Everyone worked together to transform a great design into reality, a stylish decorative green living community.

Colorado Hardscapes earned the Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Award Over 6,000 sq. ft Bronze Award for their outstanding and contributing decorative concrete work on the CoLab LEED Gold Co-housing Community Development

Valley Children’s Hospital

Valley Children’s Healthcare began as the vision of five civic-minded women who saw the need for a dedicated pediatric hospital in Central California. For nearly 70 years, Valley Children’s Healthcare has grown from a 42-bed hospital in 1952 to a 358-bed, nationally respected pediatric healthcare network today with more than 640 physicians and 3,500 staff. Valley Children’s delivers high-quality, comprehensive care to more than 1.3 million children in a 12-county service area and has been recognized four years in a row by U.S. News and World Report as one of the “Best Children’s Hospitals” in the nation for various specialties. Valley Children’s is the first children’s hospital west of the Rockies to receive Magnet Nursing designation, the highest nursing benchmark in the world.

As the Valley Children’s Healthcare network continues to grow and expand they recently implemented their landscaping Master Plan Phase 2 at the Valley Children’s Hospital location in Madera, California to accommodate gatherings, family events and fund raising efforts. Taking advantage of the beautiful California weather for more outdoor events, their south side building landscaping needed improvements for vehicle access for caterers, food trucks as well as emergency, freight and maintenance vehicles.

Working with Heritage Bomanite, the California Central Valley Bomanite Decorative Concrete Contractor, a design was put in place to accommodate the vehicle and pedestrian traffic. Dedicated to providing a top-notch installation for a top-rated children’s hospital was a common goal of all trades during the installation. With a strong presence in the Central Valley, the values of Valley Children’s call for a set of shared standards driven by excellence, compassion, heart, care for all, and integrity.

The Bomanite Exposed Aggregate System exterior concrete hardscape stands up to the test of time with a history in strength, durability and adds multiple design aesthetics to collaborate with plantings, shrubs and structures. Bomanite Sandscape Texture and Bomanite Revealed were chosen based on a previous specification in place for Valley Children’s smaller satellite hospitals north and south of the central valley location that were also installed by Heritage Bomanite. With its proven performance and keeping within the color theme, 21,082 Square feet of Seal Gray Bomanite Sandscape Texture and 5,899 Square feet of Bomanite Revealed with Light and Dark Blue Glass, Black Granite Aggregate and Bomanite Seal Gray Integral Color were incorporated into a new sidewalk/accessible driveway and patio entrance along with 5,555 square feet of decorative sawcuts delivering necessary control joints with designer appeal.

Heritage Bomanite installed the Pergola Amphitheater with stadium seating that will host many concerts for the children and their families. Over 13,000 square feet of natural gray broom finished concrete can be found in exterior walkways surrounding the amphitheater and the low-maintenance freshly landscaped planter and flower beds by Landscape Development Inc. Working with an event deadline, the newly finished landscape created a perfect background for the 23rd Annual Harvest Ball, a Signature Event of Valley Children’s. This elegant gala has grown to host more than 900 of the community’s most generous philanthropists each year and celebrates the life-saving mission of Valley Children’s.

Used in combination with a variety of color and staining options, Bomanite Sandscape Texture creates consistent texture and durable hardscapes. Natural stone such as granite, quartz or marble along with unique aggregates such as recycled glass or porcelain are common aggregates of choice for Bomanite Revealed installations. The natural non-skid properties and abrasion resistant aggregates make both Bomanite Revealed and Bomanite Sandscape Texture the perfect choice for entries, municipal or public works projects, hospitals, educational facilities, museums, pool decks, plazas and more. The Bomanite Decorative Concrete Exposed Aggregate Systems offer a variety of modernized mixes and an unlimited palette of colors, textures and aggregate options to choose from, providing cost-effective solutions that are more durable than ever and reveal just how brilliant concrete can be while delivering that little bit of sparkle to any festivity.

Jose Campos, Field Engineer for Quiring General, the GC for this project had this to say about Heritage Bomanite’s workmanship “On behalf of Quiring General, we would like to thank Heritage Bomanite for their outstanding contribution to the Valley Children’s Healthcare Landscape Master Plan Phase II project in Madera, CA. We appreciate your team’s persistence, commitment, and focus to help deliver a high-quality project on schedule and within the client’s budget.”

Heritage Bomanite exemplified Valley Children’s values of excellence and integrity earning them the Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Project Over 6,000 Sq. ft Silver Award. With their outstanding workmanship they have been asked to continue with Phase III of the Valley Children’s Healthcare Landscape Master Plan, providing additional beautiful Bomanite Decorative Concrete.