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Eastside Regional Park Rec Center

The Beast Urban Park in El Paso, TX, recently renamed from Eastside Regional Park, has completed Phase I of a 92-acre development. Once completely finished it will be the largest city operated park in the area. Featuring world-class aquatic amenities, the Beast Urban Park brings much needed public facilities to a residential community that grew faster than anticipated and greatly outpaced recreational resources. The new, three-part complex will include a state-of-the-art natatorium with a 50-meter competition swimming pool, a multi-generational community center with a gymnasium and multipurpose classrooms, and an outdoor waterpark highlighted by El Paso’s first wave simulator. All of these facilities will be surrounded by a landscaped walking path and public art. With Perkins + Will Architects selected for the Phase 1 Design, Sundt Construction was contracted for the build.

Among the project’s many complexities, assembling the building form of the recreation center had been a puzzle of literal proportions. Constructed of concrete tilt-up panels, Sundt Construction leveraged their knowledge of concrete, as the panels were constructed on-site, framed, reinforced, cast, and erected as the building’s primary structure and exterior skin. “The challenge in these precast panels begins with their unusual shape,” shares Sundt Construction Project Manager Enrique Esplain, of the Z-shaped monolithic, exterior wall sections, which are 40 feet tall and 18 feet wide. “We are used to casting concrete panels this large, but the awkward angles made them hard to lift and hard to erect. Color is also an issue. There is an inconsistency received on the finish with site-cast concrete. This is based on placement, weather, casting techniques, timing, and application of curing compounds and bond breakers. The City didn’t want grey concrete, so we needed to come up with something that feels very much like El Paso.”

Colorized concrete can be achieved in many different ways including adding an integral color to the concrete mix before it is poured or applying any of many different types of dyes, paints, or stains to the concrete after it has cured. Initially, in El Paso, the design called for using an integral color, which is one of the most common ways of adding color to concrete. By adding color pigment admixtures to the concrete before it is poured, contractors are generally able to create a layered sense of color that results in a multi-tonal appearance similar to natural stone. After developing two different 3’ x3’ panel mock-ups using integral color mixes that didn’t secure the City of El Paso’s approval, the Sundt team recommended trying a stain instead.

Sundt Construction approached Bomanite Licensee, Bomanite Artistic Concrete, about doing an acid stain on the concrete panels for the Beast Urban Park. Bomanite Artistic Concrete was thrilled with the opportunity to participate in such a dynamic public commission. The process of staining the panels began with clearly establishing the city’s desired aesthetic, which was less than exact in the beginning. Bomanite Artistic Concrete’s President Aaron Echaniz noted that “the City wanted a treatment that made the panels fit in with the surrounding landscape but also complements the unique, very modern architecture. We did several different mock-ups before finally settling on a treatment that falls somewhere between deep rust and old leather.”

The chosen solution was Bomanite’s Patène Artectura System, a topically-applied coloration system that simulates a semi-weathered, antiquing effect. Because the acid-based stain was to be applied to the panels once they were tilted-up in their final place, the process for staining them had to be dialed in and approved before the work could begin. Using a compressor and an industrial sprayer, the acid-based Patène Artectura was sprayed on the vertical panels by hand working from the top down. Workers had to be very mindful of maintaining a consistent distance between the sprayer and the panels to eliminate unintended blotching while troweling away any drips.

“On the technical side, one thing that was really important was prepping each panel to receive the stain,” says Echaniz of the process’s potential complications. Burs were carefully scraped off panels before each was thoroughly sandblasted to open the concrete’s pores so that the stain could fully penetrate the surface. Once the stain was applied, an acrylic sealant was added to give the colorized panels a fade-free permanence that will last a lifetime in El Paso’s arid climate.

“We are very proud to be a part of this magnificent project” finishes Echaniz of his firm’s role in El Paso’s newest park, which is expected to open to the public in 2021. “Craftsmanship is very important in our work and this community-enhancing project is going to bring a lot of joy to the people of El Paso for generations to come.” Bomanite Artistic Concrete received the Gold Award for the Best Bomanite Toppings Systems Project for their dedication in exceptional solutions to concrete challenges of all sorts and scales.

Bass Pro Shop – Miami

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Intermountain Concrete Polishing created a walkway and interior space to match the colors of the Florida Keys by using a the Bomanite Patene Artectura System in a combination of Bomanite Blue Concrete Dye and Bomanite Chemical Stains in Auburn and Pine. To contrast the dramatic color of the walkways that run through the Bass Pro Shop retail area, the remaining areas of the concrete base floor used the Bomanite VitraFlor System and were polished at 800 grit and sealed with Bomanite StainGuard providing a sleek finished look.

Bomanite defines polished concrete as having sand exposure in the concrete surface at a minimum, the concrete is treated twice with chemically hardening compounds (once to harden the weaker paste surrounding the aggregates and once to finish hardening while improving stain resistance) and polished in successive steps in a manner similar to a granite countertop or floor. The process uses successively finer diamonds to produce a tight, durable finish that maximizes the strongest part of concrete – the aggregates. The Bomanite process is much closer to highly durable Terrazzo than to chemically hardened cement paste. Capitalizing on the hard aggregate is what makes a Bomanite polished floor superior to other systems both in retention of gloss and durability

Sterling Home Mortgage

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This 1,223 sq.ft. interior commercial project used Micro-Top® by Bomanite White Base and Bomanite Chemical Stain color application throughout. The inspiration behind this project came from the owner who has an additional office utilizing specific colors on his stained concrete floors. BJerk Builders approached Progressive Concrete Works, Inc. with the hope to match the floors of the new office with the floors of the existing office. The original office floor was stained directly on the existing slab by another company. The new office required an overlay to be applied before staining due to differences in the base material and the complications of an exact match.

By utilizing the Micro-Top® by Bomanite overlay system and the Bomanite Patene Artectura Chemical Staining system, Progressive was able to achieve the owners desired look, allowing for a more vivid presentation of the colors. The combination of Rust Red, Burnt Ember and Black Chemical Stains were applied along with Rust Red, Pine and Black in an alternating 8’ x 8’ scored grid pattern giving a subtle contrast and tasteful flair to the office environment. The floors were then sealed with Bomanite HydroLock and buffed to give sheen and an overall refined appearance.

Private Residence – Pool House – Raleigh, NC

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Bomanite Licensed Contractor, Carolina Bomanite Corp gave this pool house project a custom “slate” look. By using the existing concrete slab as the plaette, Carolina Bomanite was able to apply the Bomanite Patene Artectura System by starting with a “base” of Bomanite Chemical Stain – Pine. Hand installations of several stain colors were applied using several application methods of spraying, brushing, misting and ragging to resemble a “hand” glazed slate tile pattern. A finish diluted overspray of Bomanite Chemical Stain Caribbean Blue tops off this 2-day stain installation. Sawcutting the existing surface into 2’ x 2’ squares on a diagnol led way for ‘Stone” colored Grout to be applied for that “hand laid” look. After cleaning, the surface was sealed with an application of Bomanite Hydrocoat followed by Bomanite Floor Finish.

The Summit Shopping Plaza

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With a unique interlocking circular design and random diamond layout this shopping center exterior plaza is sure to please all who visit. The fountain area and walkways received decorative scoring and chemical stains in two (2) colors, Auburn and Ebony, creating a relaxing Italian style atmosphere.

Natural Resource Research Campus Building E (NRRC)

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Bomanite Licensee, Colorado Hardscapes of Denver, CO, incorporated the Patène Artectura system into their award winning Natural Resource Research Campus Building E (NRRC) project completed in February 2005 in Fort Collins, CO. Together with project designer, Mimi Hillen, Colorado Hardscapes created the beautiful mountain waterfall themed design to a 1992 sq. ft. entryway space of this US Forest Service office building. Using their signature quality craftsmanship and expertise, Colorado Hardscapes fulfilled the designer’s vision by utilizing innovative products and techniques while crafting the beautiful nature scene.

Along with installing a natural and simulated rock water feature, Colorado Hardscapes fashioned the shallow meandering stream look by using exposed aggregate to create depth and contrasting stream beds to the Aqua Blue Bomanite Con-Color curvatures of the flowing waterscape design. To create the prairie themed area of the project, Bomanite Olive, Auburn, Pine and Rust Red Chemical Stains were beautifully blended together giving the hardscape a warm and lustrous finish, adding to the overall aesthetic appeal of the entryway. With a unique touch to bring the project theme full circle, Colorado Hardscapes sandblasted animal tracks of 21 different animals throughout the area to capture the essence and complement the nature scheme of the inspired foyer.

Winning the 2005 Bomanite Gold Award for Best Patène Artectura Project, Colorado Hardscapes continues to illustrate their dedication to produce superior architectural concrete work by utilizing their impressive skill and artistry in combination with the Bomanite Systems in pursuit of creative concrete solutions.

Westview High School

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Westview High School was a new school construction in San Diego. NTD architects had a vision to form out various areas in the project; a large main courtyard, piano keys, a paint palette, basketballs, and theatre masks that would lead directly into the designated buildings. Traditionally, this would require separate pours of integral color concrete. Just constructing the paint palette would have required eleven colors and eleven pours of integral color concrete. The owners and architects found themselves on a road that the budget would not allow them to pursue.

Bomanite Con-Color was the solution. The surface was given a sand finish. Designated areas were saw-cut then the Con-color was applied to different sectors. With the use of 16 Con-Color shades, Bomanite Licensee, T.B. Penick brought the architect’s design to life. The results are magnificent. The main courtyard features a circular feather pattern colored in Franciscan Red and Jet Black. Yellow Haze was used to form basketballs heading toward the gym as well as the paint palette. The paint palette itself is an architectural masterpiece featuring 14 colors altogether. Assorted hues were used to paint stools that from overhead would just look like dabs of paint on a palette. The piano keys followed suit as the raised keys were colored black, and the contrasting ground colored white. As you can see, the design options that Con-Color provides are limitless. Bomanite Con-Color allowed both the contractor and architects to achieve their goals. The contractor maintained the budget, the architect, the design

Private Residence Bass Lake

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The homeowner wanted to truly bring the outdoors in and create the look and feel of a beach and lake in his mountain retreat. Bomanite Licensee, Heritage Bomanite worked with the homeowner to develop the design and bring out the bright colors of water and sand. Bomanite Micro-Top in White was chosen as the base surface and then stained with Bomanite Con-Color. Several colors were used to get the vibrant blues and greens that represent the water element. To create the letters and compass, stencils were used, color applied, edges and joints were hand cut and grouted and sealed.

Standing Bear Museum

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Landplan Consultants Inc. approached Bomanite Licensed Contractor, Bomanite of Tulsa, Inc, for assistance with developing the decorative pavement for Standing Bear Museum/Osage Nation Byway Interpretive Center Improvements in early 2012. An attempt by another concrete contractor had been made, but was unable to keep the project under budget. While working closely with the architect, Bomanite of Tulsa proposed using Sandscape Texture® by Bomanite with accent colors using Con-Color by Bomanite. The riverbed and trail where highlighted using Exposed Revealed by Bomanite glass series.

First United Methodist Church

Bomanite Licensee, Bomanite of Tulsa created a stunning exterior star graphic that was incorporated into the walkways at the First United Methodist Church located in Tulsa, OK. Sandscape Texture by Bomaanite in a neutral color was installed with the use of Bomanite Con-Color to accentuate the graphic providing an appealing and affordable design.

Bomanite Sandscape® Texture is designed for outdoor applications where an alternate to a conventional concrete finish is required. Bomanite Sandscape® Texture resembles sand blasted concrete and can incorporate specialized colored sands and/or aggregates exceeding 3/8” diameter. The finish is an economical alternate to other decorative concrete finishes while producing a monolithic concrete slab at low life-cycle cost due to the pre-aged nature of the surface. Used in combination with a variety of color and staining options, Bomanite Sandscape® Texture creates consistent texture and durable hardscapes ideal for plazas, walkways, shopping centers, schools and more.