The Green Hills Library Center in Kansas City, Missouri is one of over 30 library service outlets in the Mid-Continent Public Library district. This location opened in September 2022 and spans approximately 35,000 square feet. Green Hills Library Center offers a community programming room, children and teen areas, a story time room, and meeting and collaboration rooms for public use.
Helix Architecture + Design collaborated with Sapp Design Architects to support MCPL’s design and construction of new destination branches that target specific needs in the community. Green Hills was designed to be a cutting-edge culinary literacy center and the culinary center area is set to open later this year. The culinary center will house a demonstration kitchen with seating for programs and classes as well as a commercial kitchen space that will be available for food-based businesses. This destination branch will promote literacy through food – they will offer guest appearances by specialty chefs, help to improve patron health by inspiring people to prepare healthy meals, and incorporate a play area that features healthy produce to also extend the culinary education offerings to children.
Delivering the Bomanite Promise – Again
Working previously on the MCPL Colbern Road Library Center with contractor JE Dunn Construction, Bomanite Licensee Musselman & Hall Contractors was again enlisted to install Bomanite Custom Polishing Systems, this time featuring Bomanite Renaissance custom polished concrete. Renaissance by Bomanite provides a lustrous finish to floors made with premium Bomanite Integral Color. The primary benefit to Bomanite Renaissance is the simplicity of installation. With no topical dyes or products needed to achieve color in the floor, the process is much like polishing uncolored concrete, making the system more efficient to install compared to other more labor-intensive coloring systems. Renaissance by Bomanite is intended primarily for new construction or major renovation projects and was the perfect choice to create a durable and decorative flooring surface inside the Green Hills Library Center.
Seamless Design Flow
Musselman & Hall placed and polished 2,200 SF of Bomanite Renaissance deep grind polished concrete. They also installed a cast-in-place bench that is bisected by a glass curtain wall separating the café from the exterior patio. To create a unified aesthetic from inside the library café to the exterior, they installed an 1,800 SF outdoor patio to match the design of the interior floor. The patio was framed with a band of Bomanite Revealed, one of the Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Systems applications.
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 necessary. Due to the use of the Bomanite Revealed binder, these highly durable surfaces are available in a multitude of standard and custom options, making it ideal to create the seamless design from the exterior hardscape to the interior flooring finish at Green Hills Library Center.
Award Winning Decorative Concrete
Customizing and tailoring Bomanite Systems to a specific project allows designers, architects, and owners to have a measure of control over the quality and finished product of their designs. Musselman & Hall gives designers the ability to select concrete construction materials installed according to specific construction means and methods, which translates directly to the quality of the finished product. Green Hills Library Center features two superb Bomanite product installations by Musselman & Hall. The installations of Bomanite Renaissance and Bomanite Revealed integrate seamlessly and provide a stunning result, which earned Musselman & Hall Contractors the 2022 Gold Award for Best Bomanite Custom Polishing Systems Project. Their versatile design resulted in an interior flooring surface and exterior hardscape surface that provide durability and offer a beautiful aesthetic for library patrons to admire as they explore the new library and its many innovative features and offerings.