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DELO – Downtown East Louisville

As the owner, RMCS, planned a new development just to the east of historic downtown Louisville, Colorado, he secured the services of PCS Group who in turned designed walls, plazas, sidewalks and streets with distinctive concrete paving. PCS worked closely with Bomanite Licensee, Colorado Hardscapes to develop the color scheme, texture and finish of each area to be its own unique look, but as an overall development to be outstanding. The seat walls, planter walls and concrete columns received a custom Bomanite Sandscape Refined Exposed Aggregate finish using Cappuccino Color Hardener with flecks of mirror glass and blue glass. The wall sparkle as you walk by reflecting the sun’s light.

Plazas were poured with San Diego Buff Integral Color and uncolored concrete, with the majority of the areas having a Bomanite Sandscape Textured Exposed Aggregate finish, but some accent areas using a broom finish to really set off the textural differences in the concrete. The main drive through the development included black sand added to the San Diego Buff concrete mix to again achieve a unique look yet tying it together with the plazas. Seeded glass and rock was used as accent bands and crosswalks.

Integrating trench drains, truncate domes and tree grates, along with thousands of feet of sawcut joints resulted in an outstanding streetscape that sets DELO apart from many other municipal developments.

Lenexa Civic Center

Lenexa City has developed and opened a 300,000 plus-square-foot mixed-use campus, that includes a new City Hall, Park University, a Public Market, and a community Rec Center along with public gathering spaces. Bomanite Licensee, Musselman & Hall Contractors, had the opportunity to work with PGAV Architects and Plaid Collaborative on the design of the pedestrian plaza as part of the Civic Center.

PLAID collaborated worked with the City and PGAV to design outdoor spaces to express as they noted a “prairie deconstructed theme, which embodies the spirit and character of the native prairie (landform, geology, and vegetation) and the history of Lenexa in a contemporary, sustainable, and sophisticated motif.” The three primary outdoor spaces created were the Festival Plaza (a large plaza for public gatherings and celebrations), the Vista (a space for activities that support the adjacent community recreation center and farmers market), and the Strata (a collection of intimate spaces for City Hall and public market patrons). The idea was for each space to have different uses, different scale and configuration but a common pallet of materials, furnishings, and details were woven through the design to complement the building architecture, provide visual continuity, and reinforce an overall sense of place.

Lenexa Civic Center Festival Plaza incorporates Bomanite Sandscape Texture Exposed Aggregate System with Bomanite Con-Color Staining Techniques. The Festival plaza incorporated 13,000 square feet of the Bomanite Sandscape Texture Exposed Aggregate System and then was stained with pops of vibrant and subtle colors of Bomanite Con-Color that were cohesive with the overall design. The detailed stain pattern created unique challenges and used four colors: Travertine Beige, Franciscan Red, French Gray, and Gunmetal Gray. Once the color was in place the plaza was sealed with Bomaseal C-18 to help withstand the outside elements of weather and human traffic.

Lenexa Civic Center outdoor spaces were designed with Bomanite Alloy to add a sparkle to the history nodeThe center piece of the project was the 700 square feet History Node. The Bomanite Alloy Exposed Aggregate System in Natural Gray was chosen for this portion of the plaza, installed, and then engraved with 23 significant names, dates, and events unique to the history of Lenexa. The text was of varying scale from 4” to 9” tall. Layout and execution was critical, and accuracy was of the utmost importance.

The project conception was citizen-led and has helped Lenexa visualize their dream of starting a new downtown. This is a beautiful project and exhibits the potential and beauty of quality Bomanite Decorative Concrete.

Zuber Residence Remodel – Pool Deck and Cabana

The Homeowner wanted an entertainment space that would work for friends, family and client gatherings. He visited the local Bomanite showroom to review samples, colors, systems that would bring his vision to life. In wanting to create a backyard oasis, he chose several different systems in complimenting colors that provided an enticing atmosphere.

The backyard pool deck and patio of 2,200 square feet were cast-in-place and stamped with the Bomacron Slate Texture for the majority of the space. Bomanite Sand Color Hardener with a Light Brown Release Agent were used to provide a natural look for the Slate pattern.

The Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Antico Process System was incorporated and used to separate the gathering areas, creating cozy niches. An outdoor firepit and seat walls with steps were given the decorative concrete treatment as well.

The Cabana houses a hi-end Chef’s kitchen with a polished concrete countertop, built in fireplace, four TV’s and areas for dining, visiting and entertaining top-notch guests. The flooring was designed using the Antico Process in a Light Brown color with Sawcuts to provide that element of separation and design.

The homeowner’s remodel also incorporated a pool waterfall, a Bocce Ball court and outdoor restroom to complete the look.

Mesquite Rotary Club – Grove of Honor

Together with the Mesquite Rotary Club, Bomanite Licensee, Texas Bomanite completed an area of reflection to honor exemplary members of the Rotary Club featuring three natural stone vertical elements with bronze commemorative plaques, park benches and a large “Rotary International” logo in the center of Debusk Park. Debusk Park is a 42.5-acre park featuring a 1.44-mile walking/running trail, 2 playgrounds, a baseball field, 2 large pavilions with 18 picnic tables, and ample open space.

The sidewalks that lead into the Rotary Club Grove of Honor are made of stamped and stained concrete using the Bomacron Running Bond Used Brick pattern and Bomanite Desert Tan Stain. These sidewalks lead visitors to the benches. The next finish completed was an Exposed Aggregate Sandscape Refined System in a Sand color and light exposure. It runs underneath the 3 stone vertical elements and a quarter of the way around the large “Rotary International” logo in the middle of the project. The remaining ¾ of the area directly bordering the logo is Sandscape Refined with Painted Desert color. Finally, the large “Rotary International” logo was created by sandblasting and staining in black the Rotary symbol, set against a Sandscape Refined background with a Brass color hardener. The entire area is surrounded by a 6” border in a Sand color hardener with a broom finish.

Rotary International, a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders, was established in 1905. The clubs in the organization provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build goodwill and peace.

Harrisburg High School Mascot Logo

Bomanite Licensee, Musselman & Hall Contractors worked with Kerkhover Studio Architects to develop a custom mascot logo for Harrisburg High School located in Harrisburg, IL. The original design called for a purple Integrally colored band with stamped letters to read “Harrisburg Bulldogs” surrounding an inner circle of stamped concrete in a brick pattern.

Several contractors provided pricing but could not provide acceptable proof of previous similar work experience, thus Musselman & Hall was contacted for their extensive work and ability to provide samples of design ideas and installed projects to show them. After the initial phone conversation with the project manager, Musselman & Hall set up a meeting with the team to review the original design and provide some new exciting modern options.

The team was so excited with the new options they chose to go with a Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Alloy System that involved a custom Harrisburg Mascot Purple Color Hardener and engraving of the text and mascot at the center. The Team loved the design and the sparkle.

Bomanite Alloy is an architectural exposed concrete with varying exposure depths using non-native quartz and decorative aggregates that are surface seeded on concrete. Due to the use of Bomanite Color Hardener, Bomanite Alloy is well known for its highly durable surface. Bomanite Alloy also provides increased surface and slip resistance. Bomanite Alloy 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 necessary, which makes it perfect for the exterior walkway of the Harrisburg High School. The final product is a unique alternate to other decorative concrete finishes that the school staff and students will enjoy for many years to come.

South Congress Hotel

Nestled in the heart of trendy SoCo (South Congress Avenue) in Austin, is the South Congress Hotel designed by the Austin architecture firm of Dick Clark + Associates. Bomanite Licensee, Texas Bomanite, joined the process in April 2013 by pricing the exterior architectural concrete working with the Houston office of Manhattan Construction from April to November to revise estimates as the project became more defined. They were awarded the work in November 2013 and the project was completed in late 2015.

Situated on nearly an acre of land, the building spans over 82,000 square feet and includes a hotel, restaurants and retail space. Texas Bomanite’s role in the project included integral color concrete with Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Sandscape Texture and Sandblast paving finishes as well as board-formed concrete planter walls and water features incorporated into walkways, courtyards and outside dining venues.

The South Congress hotel was included in the “It List 2016: The Best New Hotels on the Planet,” by Travel + Leisure Magazine!

Veterans Walk of Honor Memorial

The Veterans Administration (VA) Central California Health Care System originally hired Heritage Bomanite to place plain gray concrete with a broom finish for their Walk of Honor Memorial project. Heritage Bomanite worked with the VA and TETER Architects & Engineers Company and had them visit their architectural design showroom. Many samples were reviewed and they were so impressed with the quality, durability, look and feel that they decided to upgrade to the Bomanite Sandscape Texture System.

The walk is a landscaped area that leads visitors to the center’s Wall of Honor. The integrally colored concrete and Sandscape finish path has a hand cut pattern in dark and light grey colors. Heritage Bomanite installed the red granite stars along with the decorative concrete finish. The walls are locally quarried Black Granite with more than 1,100 Veterans names engraved.

TETER was so moved by the project that their staff gathered donations that made it possible for the VA to purchase a Battlefield Cross bronze statue for the Walk of Honor. TETER’s Jonathan Schlundt who served as Project Manager on the memorial stated, “The entire process was inspirational in many ways—from the participation of staff creating a plethora of designs, the involvement and advice from community activists alongside the VA, and the commitment of local contractors; but the best part was seeing what the project meant to the Veteran’s and their loved ones on opening day.”

The VA stated that the Walk of Honor was a significant undertaking that will enhance the physical, spiritual and mental healing of Veterans, families and visitors. Each November following Veterans Day, the VA will host a dedication ceremony to add names of Veterans to the memorial.

Hartford Commons – The Edge Luxury Apartments

Downtown Tulsa’s newest luxury apartments are within walking distance of the historic Brady Arts District, the Blue Dome District and Tulsa Performing Arts Center and offers amenities for an active lifestyle. This high end residential apartment offers everything one would need to live life to the fullest. Residents can enjoy a workout in the 24/7 state-of-the-art exercise facility, relax in the large swimming pool with a tanning ledge, plan social get-togethers or family outings in the outdoor kitchen and BBQ grill area.

The Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Alloy System is a perfect match for the luxury living at The Edge at East Village Apartments. Bomanite Licensee, Bomanite of Tulsa worked with the designers at Alaback Design Associates and after reviewing samples, they chose Bomanite Alloy for its highly architectural reflective properties and surface slip-resistance qualities for the apartment pool deck. The pool coping was placed using Bomanite Alloy as well. Radius saw cuts were incorporated into the design to continue the detail of the pool.

Bomanite Alloy is a unique alternative to other decorative concrete finishes. Its low life cycle cost is a bonus for multi-unit complex developers, providing improved wear resistance for light- to moderate-duty vehicular or foot traffic, assisting in low maintenance for the heavily used patio and pool deck areas of the The Edge Apartments. Due to the use of Bomanite Sand Color Hardener, these highly durable surfaces are available in a wide range of aggregates and permanent light fast colors to help reduce heat island effect. Bomanite Alloy is highly sustainable as well as a suitable choice for architectural luxury designs.

Garmin Expansion Pedestrian Plaza

Bomanite Licensee, Musselman & Hall Contractors (M&H) worked with local architecture firm Gould Evans during the design development phase of the Garmin Expansion project. M&H assisted with the project specifications and samples. The design team and owner’s representatives visited the M&H architectural concrete showroom multiple times to discuss project particulars and review samples until the team was able to fine tune the project finishes.

Musselman & Hall placed 40,800 SF pedestrian plaza as part of a building expansion project at the Garmin headquarters in Olathe, KS. Nearly 25,800 SF of the plaza was done utilizing the Bomanite Sandscape Texture Finish, Multiple planter beds, cast-in-place Sandscape finished concrete benches, a continuous 1’ x 8’ joint spacing, and the detailed stain pattern created unique challenges to this project.

The entire plaza was saw cut and v grooved, or bevel cut, on a 1’ x 8’ joint spacing, joint layout was extremely critical. The jointing was continuous throughout the 700’ long plaza. Any variance in joint layout would be obvious and would not be acceptable.

M&H used Bomanite Con-Color to stain the Sandscape Texture portion of the plaza. The stain pattern incorporated three Bomanite Con-Colors; Cobblestone Gray, Nickel Gray, and Natural Gray. The stained Sandscape was then sealed with BomaSeal C-18.

This is a beautiful project and exhibits the potential and beauty of quality architectural concrete. This project won the Gold Award for the Best Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Project.