Three towns in Connecticut, Branford, Guilford, and North Branford, experienced major safety issues with a T-shaped design of an intersection of two major highways that straddle the town lines of all three municipalities. An older Google Map satellite view of the intersection shows the original design but can’t adequately explain the problem. The arms of the T intersection shown is U.S. 1 which routinely saw speeds of 40-60mph. The leg of the T intersection is Route 22 which was required to merge onto U.S. 1 from a complete stop at a stop sign. Naturally there was a predominance of “right-angle crashes”, more commonly known as “T-Bone Collisions”. When a vehicle traveling 40-60mph T-Bones a vehicle coming from a dead stop, the results are usually devastating. A secondary issue was peak hour congestion on Route 22 and lengthy times for vehicles to turn. According to DOT data, 11,600 vehicles a day travel through the routes 1 and 22 intersection.
The logical solution to all those problems was a modern 3-legged roundabout to replace the existing T intersection. For the multi-million-dollar project, CT DOT selected Empire Paving, Inc. as the main contractor and Connecticut Bomanite Systems was chosen to install the islands and the sidewalks. By installing a modern roundabout, CT DOT realized the purpose of the project which was to improve safety and alleviate peak hour congestion on Route 22. Increased safety performance was achieved due to the operational characteristics of a roundabout, eliminating the occurrence of right-angle crashes and reducing speeds. The approach roadways were modified to introduce curvature for the deflection of vehicles to reduce their speed as they approach the roundabout. Raised splitter islands and a raised center island with a truck apron was installed to channelize traffic and direct vehicles through the new configuration. Pedestrian improvements, including sidewalks, crosswalks, and splitter island refuge areas were also installed.
Decorative Concrete Helps Solve Safety Issues
For this project, Connecticut Bomanite Systems installed Bomanite Imprint Systems using both the Bomacron Ashlar Slate pattern and the Bomacron Herringbone Used Brick pattern for a total of 9,786 square feet of decorative concrete. To achieve the desired color for the rotary portion of the roundabout, where the Ashlar Slate pattern was installed, Bomanite sand color hardener was used. Bomanite red brick color hardener was used for the islands and the edging of the sidewalks where the Herringbone Used Brick pattern was installed. The choice of colors and patterns creates an aesthetically pleasing decorative concrete and uses just enough eye-catching brightly colored detail to aid in the overall architectural design flow of the roundabout.
Bomanite is unsurpassed in the industry for its selection and quality of imprinting tools. With well over 400 distinct patterns and associated textures Bomanite has a commanding selection of imprinting tools to select from. 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.
Award Winning Decorative Concrete
Connecticut Bomanite Systems earned the 2021 Best Bomanite Imprint Systems Project Honorable Mention Award for this installation. The fact that this reengineered intersection has the potential of saving lives and improving the day to day driving conditions for tens of thousands of working commuters cannot be overstated. For the three Connecticut communities positively impacted by this project, the ease of use of their new modern roundabout is only enhanced and eclipsed by how beautiful it is.
The Stowers Institute for Medical Research was founded by Jim and Virginia Stowers, who sought to create a highly collaborative, intellectually stimulating environment where scientists could freely share their ideas and create a synergy that would spur great discoveries.
Jim trained as a physician and Virginia had a career as a registered nurse, giving the couple a profound understanding of the medical field and the role that medical research plays in the treatment and prevention of diseases. They both had personal experiences with cancer as well, which solidified their decision to dedicate their personal fortune toward creating one of the world’s most influential centers for foundational research. Jim Stowers said “Virginia and I are both cancer survivors and we know firsthand the fear and loneliness that come with the diagnosis of a life-threatening disease. So, it was natural to think about how we might offer help and hope to others facing cancer and other diseases.”
Durability and Beauty by Design
The Stowers Institute research campus officially opened in November 2000 after five years of construction. Almost 21 years later, the facility grounds needed a few upgrades, one of which was replacing the entry walkways. Musselman and Hall Contractors worked with local landscape architecture firm Confluence to develop the site improvement plan. Utilizing samples and mock-up design, Musselman and Hall presented the Stowers Institute with a plan to renovate the entry using Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Systems. Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Systems provide innovative systems, longer-lasting products, and a variety of mix designs that combine needed durability with desired beauty.
Bomanite Sandscape Texture was the product of choice to create the decorative concrete paving surface at the Stowers Institute. Sandscape Texture by Bomanite is designed for outdoor applications where an alternate to conventional concrete finishes is desired. The finished product resembles sand blasted concrete and is used in combination with a variety of color and staining options, creating consistent texture and durability.
The Stowers Institute needed to restore the paving under the covered front walkway and the design provided by Musselman and Hall included demolition of the old surface and replacement of the entry sidewalks with a two-toned, integrally colored Sandscape Texture paving pattern. This 7,400 square foot installation was broken into two phases to accommodate operations at the Stowers Institute.
Additionally, Musselman and Hall commissioned a very detailed sandblast stencil through Floormaps to represent the logo of the Stowers Institute. The sandblasted logo was an extremely important detail and had to reflect the Stowers logo accurately. Musselman and Hall provided a mock-up design, and the client was blown away by the detail and accuracy. This successful execution resulted in a long-lasting tribute to the couple that started it all – Jim and Virginia Stowers.
With more than a century of construction heritage dating back to the late 1800’s, Musselman & Hall Contractors is known as one of the mid-west’s longest-standing general contractors. They have been building the surrounding communities over the last century, while simultaneously building and establishing long-lasting relationships for the past 100 years.
The Stowers founded the Stowers Institute with a vision of providing cutting edge research to help stamp out diseases and their 2-billion-dollar investment in the Institute has allowed it to continue its mission to aid humanity. Even as the second of the founders passed away recently, their legacy stands firm and their desire and mission to give people hope for a better life is being carried forward.
Award Winning Decorative Concrete
Musselman and Hall Contractors values long-term customer relationships, creating true connections with their customers and clients. This attention to detail and personalization of design at the Stowers Institute earned them the 2021 Silver Award for Best Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Systems Project. Their skillful execution and the stunning sandscape finish complements the surrounding gardens and will provide a long-lasting concrete paving surface as well as an enduring tribute to Jim and Virginia Stowers.
Colonial Theater Keene, located in Keene, NH, is like a Grand Old Lady edging closer and closer to her 100th Birthday in 2024. Last year she received much more than just a cosmetic facelift, it was more like a rebirth and not just a renovation using decorative concrete, without losing the integrity of her Historic look and charm. To not violate any of the city of Keene’s Historic District standards, the building’s exterior was untouched. The interior of the theatre has been made much more spacious. Executive Director of the Colonial Theater Alec Doyle said, “What used to be a very narrow or what I call ‘bowling alley’ kind of lobby is now completely opened up to the north and south of the building. We’ve increased the size of the lobby by about four times.” In conjunction with the project designer Weller & Michal Architects, the main contractor DEW Construction selected Bomanite licensee Premier Concrete Construction to complete and realize the vision of the renovation. Dew Construction was familiar with the expertise and craftsmanship of Premier Concrete Construction’s projects using Bomanite Toppings Systems and Bomanite Custom Polishing Systems.
The lobby was not only enlarged, but it is also now handicapped accessible, while retaining the style and color scheme of the original theater. The increased lobby space allows room for a new concessions bar that has been added to the inside of the theatre. Doyle said, “We consciously retrieved and protected a number of the interesting historical architectural pieces.” Some of those pieces include the original ticketing cages, which are now on display on the concessions side of the lobby. Patrons feel like it is a perfect place for a selfie. Like many of the “accent pieces” saved for display, the old ticketing cages reflect the original gold and beige colors of the theater and include original muse motifs.
Supply Chain Bites Construction Schedule
When sourcing the materials from the original specifications, Premier Concrete Construction was confronted with major supply chain issues and was told that nothing would be available until five months after the job was scheduled to begin. Instead, Premier Concrete Construction created and resubmitted samples, which were approved. They ran into the same supply chain issues with the precast cove suppliers, so they opted to set up their own shop and precast over 300LF of cove base and the full set of stairs and risers per specification. They once again demonstrated why they are the concrete company of choice in demanding decorative concrete situations and scenarios. They pride themselves in their craftsmanship, creativity, and competent ability to solve problems.
Premier Concrete Construction chose Bomanite Custom Polishing Systems using Bomanite Modena TG Epoxy Terrazzo with two colors and a diamond strip pattern as per the specifications. Bomanite Modena TG is renowned for its characteristics because it is highly durable including the color, has low lifecycle cost, has excellent abrasion resistance, has a wide variety and size of aggregates, offers a range of aggregate exposure, has a wide color selection to choose from, is integrally colored, and has a highly decorative appearance. It is an engineered polymer-modified cementitious interior floor topping that is bonded to the surface of cured concrete and can transform ordinary concrete into beautiful decorative flooring. Once cured, Bomanite Modena TG is ground to expose the desired amounts of aggregate, then polished to the required gloss level and treated with a Bomanite stain resist. Unlike comparable terrazzo flooring, Bomanite Modena TG is designed specifically to be polished with a fine aggregate gradation similar to that of concrete.
Award Winning Decorative Concrete
Premier Concrete Construction earned the 2021 Best Bomanite Custom Polishing Systems Project Gold Award for this inspirational transformation of a very old landmark. Concrete is what you make of it, and the same can be said of community. The grand reopening of the theater was held on March 29, 2022. The Colonial Theater Keene posted a Facebook page with pictures complete with balloons. The comments included: “Wow”, “Gorgeous”, and “Looks awesome”. On the day before the opening, they posted a wide-angle camera shot and said, “The lobby is OPEN! Free popcorn. Delicious ice cream from Stonewall Farm. Live music. And chances to win tickets, or even a $500 Colonial gift card!” The excitement and enthusiasm from the surrounding community has been palpable and they are not disappointed. The new decorative concrete flooring, the stairs, and the cove base throughout, will enhance the beauty, the enjoyment, and the longevity of this historic theatre well into her next 100 years.
McGregor Square is the new 17,000 square foot urban use facility in the heart of Lower Downtown Denver. Bringing the best of Denver to you, McGregor Square spans an entire block adjacent to Coors Field and offers various restaurants, retail outlets, an expansive food-hall, and a stadium-sized LED screen. The center of the square is the outdoor plaza, which was built to provide a pre- and post-game gathering place for Colorado Rockies fans, as well as a year-round destination for concerts, festivals, and movie nights.
Bomanite Licensee Colorado Hardscapes worked with general contractor Hensel Phelps to install several components on the project, including polished concrete benches with a form-finished face, uncolored and colored Sandscape®, gray broomed concrete, custom trench drains, stairs, and a few ADA ramps.
Bomanite Systems Provide Stunning Results
Bomanite Custom Polishing Systems offer a revolutionary approach to designing with architectural concrete, providing long-lasting durability and exceptional abrasion resistance. Bomanite VitraFlor is the standard on which all other Bomanite systems are based, providing cost efficiency, functionality, and superior style and was the product of choice to create the polished concrete benches in the outdoor plaza.
In collaboration with project designer Stantec, Colorado Hardscapes went through three generations of mockup polished benches to provide a shape that was both aesthetically pleasing as well as structurally sound and through this development created exactly what the client was looking for. The biggest challenges on-site were forming the benches and setting the grades in relation to the plaza.
Colorado Hardscapes also utilized Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Systems for this project. Bomanite Sandscape Texture was installed to provide a modernized, long lasting, and durable paving surface over the splashpad area at McGregor Square and was an optimal choice as it is known for the sand texture on its surface and is an appropriate finish for wet areas due to its anti-slip yet walkable nature. The diamond sawcut pattern and alternating integral colored concrete was perfect to add an extra decorative touch, connecting the two sections of polished concrete benches.
Award Winning Decorative Concrete
Colorado Hardscapes takes special pride in being the concrete contractor of choice for many of Colorado’s largest General Contractors. They are dedicated to installing top-quality decorative concrete and incorporating premium products installed by committed craftsmen, which results in long lasting, innovative, and beautifully intricate concrete.
The 2021 Honorable Mention Award for Best Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Systems Project was earned by Colorado Hardscapes for their exceptional quality Sandscape Texture installation at McGregor Square. Par for the course, their superior craftsmanship resulted in durable and distinctive feature pieces that will be well utilized and will stand the test of time. Colorado Hardscapes leads by example, installing exceptional quality work on every job, going above and beyond to meet client needs and exceed expectations on every project.
Overlooking the newly raised and expanded Bayonne Bridge, two areas of Dennis P. Collins Park in Bayonne, NJ, were transformed using the Bomanite Imprint Systems decorative concrete. The main contractor for the project, Picerno Giordano Construction, in conjunction with the project designer CME Associates, selected Bomanite licensee Beyond Concrete to perform the renovations. Since 1984, Beyond Concrete has made a commitment to creative solutions and artistic decorative concrete craftsmanship. This project presented many challenges that allowed them to excel at what they do best.
The first area, adjacent to the sand volleyball court, is a circular 50-foot diameter decorative concrete patio area directly overlooking the bridge. The pattern chosen was the Circular Cobblestone Pattern in Shale Gray color with a Cobblestone highlight color. Surrounding the entire patio is a border of concrete using Light Ash color and a Forest Brown highlight in a Granite Texture pattern. The completed effect is intriguing and inviting and the patio has seating all around. It’s the best place in the park for a closeup view of the bridge and can be a mesmerizing experience when the cargo ships make the slow voyage under the bridge.
Design Creates Challenges
The second area was extremely challenging because it was designed so that any lines that were not precisely lined up would throw the entire concept out of alignment. The first challenge was double and triple checking the form work making sure all the form material was laser straight as well as precisely aligned. This part of the project consisted of a 2,200 sq. ft. circular area utilizing both the Bomanite Boardwalk 11-inch Wide pattern and the Bomanite Boardwalk 6-inch Narrow pattern. Using concealed control joints created the seamless Boardwalk area eliminating the “ugly” wide material joints that would most likely require high maintenance caulking and eliminate the effect of looking like real wood planks.
The second challenge was there is a raised step-up stage area that added to the technical difficulty factor. For the Bomanite Boardwalk 6-inch Narrow pattern, the colors used were Light Ash with a Forest Brown highlight color. Colors chosen for the Bomanite Boardwalk 11-inch Wide pattern were Sienna and a Forest Brown highlight color. The project looked so much like real wood decking that during construction many people were asking where Beyond Concrete purchased the “lumber”.
Dennis Collins Park Now Has Amenities
Design features of Dennis P. Collins Park renovation include a new picnic area along with a cornhole competition area, a sand volleyball court, two baseball fields, several playground areas for the kids, tennis courts, drinking fountains, restrooms, bicycle racks, solar charging stations, and two enclosed state-of-the-art dog parks with agility training equipment and replica fire hydrants. One dog park is for smaller dogs, the other for larger dogs, and once you and your dog are inside the double gated enclosure, the dogs can be off leash. Many gym quality exercise stations can be found along a meandering walkway that connects all the focal points of the park. One of the most welcome amenities is the ample bench seating that can be found throughout the park with the added bonus of a serene, peaceful view of the water and boat traffic.
Dennis Collins Park Has History
The park is named for Dennis P. Collins whose four terms in office made him the longest-serving Mayor in Bayonne city history. He served 16 years as Mayor and 12 years prior to that on the Bayonne City Council. In 2007 the United States Congress even named the city’s Main Post Office in his honor. The park was once the site of Uncle Milty’s Playland, also known as Bergen Point Amusement Park, a popular attraction for local residents and visitors. The Sirius Dog Park at Dennis P. Collins Park is named in honor of “Sirius,” a Yellow Labrador that died on September 11, 2001, detecting bombs in New York.
Award Winning Decorative Concrete
Beyond Concrete earned the 2021 Best Bomanite Imprint Systems Project Silver Award for this intricate and highly detailed decorative concrete solution. This completed project will provide the community many years of improved recreational enjoyment and beauty with the crowning jewel of the two new patios
Valley Fair Mall in West Valley City, Utah offers over 830,000 square feet of shopping, dining, and entertainment with over 120 retail stores and delicious dining options to explore. In 2012, Bomanite Licensee Architectural Concrete & Design Inc. undertook a 70,000 square foot concrete makeover within Valley Fair Mall, retrofitting the concourse with a stampable topping system. This system was to be installed over the existing ceramic tile to save time, money, and eliminate the mess of ripping up the tile.
Family owned and one of the first Bomanite Licensees in the nation, Architectural Concrete & Design has installed a wide variety of hardscapes for commercial, residential, and municipal projects. This interior mall project was a new venture for Devin Johnson, the company’s Vice President, who collaborated with Bomanite’s Technical Services Division to develop the application procedures that would ensure that this Bomanite Toppings System could be placed directly over the existing tile.
Bomanite Thin-Set is a specially formulated polymer-modified topping mix that can be imprinted and will bond to any stable, structurally sound substrate. It is typically installed at 3/8-inch thick and can be feathered to almost a zero edge. Bomanite Thin-Set is as an extremely effective alternative to demolishing an existing substrate and can be exposed to traffic quickly, which was a priority for this job as the work performed on the expansive 70,000 plus square-foot concourse could not be completed during normal working hours or block daily access to any store in the mall.
The process selected used aggressive surface preparation followed by a 100% solids epoxy primer broadcasted to rejection with silica sand to create a mechanical bond for the overlay. After this process, the crew would on the next night apply a scratch coat of Thin-Set II followed by a screeded 3/8-inch thick layer of Thin-Set II, that was then imprinted with one of four Bomanite imprint patterns used throughout the mall.
After this part of the process was complete each morning, the crew would lay down a section of breathable landscape fabric over the affected entrances and rope off everything they had stamped. The timing had to be precise so that the stamped area had time to dry and could withstand foot traffic. After large sections of flooring were textured, secondary coloring and sealing were undertaken prior to turning over the fully finished floors to the mall.
Featured throughout the concourse is Bomanite Basketweave Used Brick that was integrally colored with Bomanite Brick Red as well as Bomacron Random Slate in Shale Gray. To create visual breaks, an 8-inch English Slate Texture border in Sand was created with some areas featuring straight lines while other areas feature a free-flowing design. To create even more variety, the Bomanite 12-inch Boardwalk pattern with Sonora Tan Color Hardener was used to enhance the mall’s roundabout and accent other selected areas.
Then and Now
The Valley Fair Mall makeover was perfectly suited to use an overlay, allowing the mall owners to avoid a messy and more costly demolition route. Architectural Concrete & Design expertly installed Bomanite Thin-Set II in combination with Bomanite Imprint Systems to renovate and recreate the mall’s design aesthetic. The “proof is in the pudding” when we say Bomanite Architectural Concrete Systems are top notch; Bomanite Licensed Installers provide the expertise and proficiency to create long-lasting, durable, and beautifully decorative flooring options.
A decade has passed since Architectural Concrete & Design successfully installed the Bomanite Toppings System and imprint patterns. While their decorative concrete prowess provided a stunning decorative concrete layout that impressed patrons and exceeded the mall owner’s expectations, the long-lasting results still stand out as a feature piece inside the mall. Not only did Architectural Concrete & Design produce a product with durability and longevity, but they added distinct decorative detail that showcases quality of work and superior design that has and will continue to stand the test of time.
A resounding round of applause greeted these talented Bomanite decorative concrete craftsmen. Bomanite proudly presents the Annual Decorative Concrete Project Award winners! The Bomanite Annual Conference was held in Snohomish, WA, in March which culminated with the Annual Banquet Dinner where the awards were presented. It was wonderful for everyone involved to meet in person once again, to see maskless smiling faces, and to get jeans and hands covered with concrete. If you want to create phenomenal decorative concrete, you have to create muscle memory by getting your hands involved. The concrete craftsmen gather annually to learn hands on new trade techniques, business strategies and exchange ideas with Bomanite Licensees from around the world.
With a vast knowledge and years of experience, these Bomanite Craftsmen define decorative concrete. Strong. Durable. Artistic. Creative. Bomanite Licensees work on anywhere from multimillion-dollar commercial projects to affordable residential housing, new builds, and improvements, and everything in between.
Texas Bomanite received the Best Bomanite Patène Artectura Project – GRAND AWARD for their stunningly gorgeous work on the Hotel Drover in Fort Worth, TX. Using our Bomanite Coloration Systems Patène Artectura and Bomanite Modena SL with Chemical Stain, Texas Bomanite was able to achieve a consistent and beautiful look throughout the many diverse architectural areas of the hotel. They provided decorative concrete flooring in the hotel lobby, levels 1 & 2 of the offices, levels 2-6, the event barn bar area, outside the event barn restrooms, and stained concrete columns in the event barn.
Carolina Bomanite Corporation, Mt. Holly, NC, received the Best Bomanite Imprint Systems Project GOLD AWARD for their pretty and professional craftsmanship at Courtyard Marriott, Greenville, SC. Using the Bomanite Imprint Systems Bomanite Bomacron Patterns Running Bond Belgian Block, 10” Boardwalk, and Slate Texture, Carolina Bomanite created decorative concrete for multiple amenity and entry areas. This project was underway prior to COVID and was delayed during construction for approximately one year. The diversity, yet cohesion, of the installation of the patterns is literally enchanting and breathtaking.
Bomanite Licensee Colorado Hardscapes received the Best Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Systems Project GOLD AWARD for their distinctive decorative concrete work at the Market Station, Denver, CO. Using Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Systems with Bomanite Sandscape® Texture, Colorado Hardscapes achieved an unforgettable eye-catching decorative concrete pattern on the paseo that draws the eye directly to the chevron pattern. The paseo is located where one would normally find the alley. There were innumerable technical challenges that came with this project including having to coordinate the snow melt system so that decorative sawcuts didn’t cut through the tubing that ran beneath.
Colorado Hardscapes also captured the Best Bomanite Toppings Systems Project GOLD AWARD for their unbelievable achievement at RYE SoBo Apartments, Denver, CO, of creating the Clark Richert Abstract Art in decorative concrete titled: Four Color Intertwine – 2021. Using Bomanite Toppings Systems with Bomanite Micro-Top XT, the art piece was brought to life with fifteen different colors, and each color is surrounded by a saw cut to add to the crisp lines and enhance the dimensional look. Richert originally wanted to use embedded mosaic tiles in concrete to create his piece, but once he saw how vivid and solid Micro-Top XT could make each section, it was absolute that Colorado Hardscapes utilize that product instead.
Bomanite Licensee Premier Concrete Construction took home the Best Bomanite Custom Polishing Systems GOLD AWARD for their dazzling decorative concrete work at Colonial Theater Keene, Keene, NH. Using Bomanite Custom Polishing Systems with Bomanite Modena TG Epoxy Terrazzo they were able to achieve stunning results on the flooring, pre-cast cove base, and pre-cast stairs and risers. All included two colors and a diamond strip pattern. Supply chain issues that would have delayed the project for five months after the scheduled to begin forced Premier Concrete Construction to set up their own shop to pre-cast 300LF of cove base and the full set of stairs and risers per spec.
We’d like to thank all the Bomanite licensed contractors who submitted entries for this year’s award contest. The Bomanite Decorative Concrete Annual Project Awards has been a tradition for more than 50 years for Bomanite Licensed Contractors to submit their outstanding projects. Bomanite Licensees compete among the best of the best to be recognized for their hard work and creative talents. The winners are announced at the Bomanite Annual Conference, held in various cities from year to year. This is a taste of artwork and craftsmanship in the decorative concrete market that can be achieved by the Bomanite network of decorative concrete craftsmen. Additional awards were given for Silver, Bronze, and Honorable Mention categories. Please take a look at the award-winning projects.
2021 List of Bomanite Award Winners
Bomanite Imprint Systems
HONORABLE MENTION: Carolina Bomanite Corporation – The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery – Charlotte, NC – Bomacron Pattern: Running Bond Belgian Block
HONORABLE MENTON: Connecticut Bomanite Systems – Branford Route 1 and 2 Roundabout – Branford, CT – Bomacron Pattern: Ashlar Slate and Herringbone Brick
BRONZE: Connecticut Bomanite Systems – Downtown Danbury Transit Oriented Development – Danbury, CT – Bomacron Pattern: Medium Ashlar Slate, Soldier Course Belgian Block
SILVER: Beyond Concrete – Dennis Collins Park – Bayonne, NJ – Bomacron Pattern: Circular Cobblestone/Granite Texture, 11-inch/6-inch Boardwalk
Perpetual maintenance of an existing asphalt driveway finally became too much for this homeowner. The asphalt detracted from the curb appeal of the residence. The driveway looked old and outdated. The freezing and snowy Concord, NH, winters meant that maintenance had become a headache and the driveway was not durable. The homeowner reached out to Bomanite Licensee Premier Concrete Construction LLC for recommendations and guidance. Premier Concrete Construction recommended Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Systems using Bomanite Sandscape® Texture, and Bomanite Imprint Systems using Concrete Graphics with a Celtic Braid border and decorative sawcuts. The homeowner also wanted some “sparkle” in the mix of aggregates, so mirror was used to create that effect. Premier Concrete Construction worked closely with the homeowner and aided them with their color selection.
Bomanite Systems Mean Choices
Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Systems, with its variety of mix designs, offers unlimited palette colors, textures, and aggregate options to chose from. Durability and cost-effective solutions are the hallmark of the Bomanite Exposed Aggregate System. Bomanite Sandscape® Texture, using topical treatments and advanced application procedures, resembles sand blasted concrete and is an economical and durable hardscape. The aggregates used in this installation, including the mirror, gave this driveway some pop to draw the eye in and created a perfect canvas for additional decorative concrete techniques.
Bomanite Imprint Systems using Bomanite Concrete Graphics with a Celtic Braid border and decorative sawcuts give this driveway just the right curb appeal. Bomanite Concrete Graphics provides unlimited combinations of geometric patterns and colors. Your imagination is the only boundary to the creative freedom of design. In this installation the Celtic Braid border and decorative sawcuts make the driveway look wider. This is a design statement that is modern and appealing.
From Heavy Maintenance Asphalt to Pride of Ownership
Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Systems and Bomanite Imprint Systems are installed by a network of highly skilled, specially trained Licensees. Premier Concrete Construction prides themselves in meeting the installation specifications and exceeding expectations of the client for every installation. For years into the future, it will be the low maintenance part of their property they longed for. This driveway has reignited the pride of ownership for this homeowner.
The Campus at Waterview is a building portfolio in the Denver Tech Center that consists of three Class-A LEED Certified office buildings. Each building has stunning views of the mountains and offers a variety of amenities, including proximity to shopping, restaurants, and public transportation. The Waterview buildings were constructed between 1999 and 2001 with various remodels taking place since 2014.
The entry terrace at Waterview III was remodeled and included renovation of the exterior entry paving. It was ultimately decided by the contractor, the landscape architect, and the project designer that Colorado Hardscapes would perform the decorative concrete work, even though the bidding process indicated another contractor. A two-decade long relationship between Solara Designs and Colorado Hardscapes heavily influenced this decision and all parties agreed that Colorado Hardscapes was the optimal choice and only firm capable of executing the desired design.
Customization at its Finest
The landscape architect visited the design center at Colorado Hardscapes and after extensive discussion with Project Manager John Buteyn and consideration of numerous samples, a custom color palate was requested. Colorado Hardscapes was more than happy to accommodate this request, from which the final design and materials were selected.
Colorado Hardscapes utilized Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Systems, including Bomanite Sandscape Texture and Sandscape Refined. Sandscape Texture with a custom dark brown color was selected for the field areas and two colors of Sandscape Refined, white and light gray, were used to create the accent banding.
Durable and Decorative Concrete
Bomanite Sandscape Texture is designed for outdoor applications where an alternate to conventional concrete finishes is required. Sandscape Texture, one of four Exposed Aggregate Systems offered by Bomanite for architectural concrete surfaces, utilizes specialized concrete mix designs, additives, topical treatments, and advanced application procedures. The finished Sandscape Texture product resembles sand blasted concrete and can incorporate specialized colored sands in the concrete and aggregates exceeding 3/8” in diameter. The final product is an economical alternate to other decorative finishes while producing a monolithic concrete slab with a low life cycle cost due to the pre-aged nature of the surface. Applications include plazas, shopping centers, schools, and exterior walkways—anywhere improved wear resistance for light- to moderate-duty vehicular or foot traffic is necessary. These highly durable surfaces are available in a multitude of standard and custom options, including light-reflective formulations that reduce heat island effect.
Bomanite Sandscape Refined is a fine aggregate exposed aggregate concrete system engineered for outdoor applications. Sandscape Refined is another of the four Exposed Aggregate Systems offered by Bomanite for architectural concrete surfaces and utilizes specialized Bomanite Color Hardener blends, standard or decorative aggregates, and advanced application procedures. The finished Sandscape Refined product resembles fine textured stone or etched limestone block with light sand exposure throughout the surface. Due to the use of Bomanite Color Hardener, these highly durable surfaces are available in a multitude of standard and custom colors.
Design Changes Result in Design Wins
Additionally, the raised planters also feature a Sandscape Refined finish. The planter bed walls were originally going to be pre-cast, but after deliberations between the landscape architect and Colorado Hardscapes, it was decided to use Sandscape Refined. The planter walls were covered in a light color hardener and did not require the use of white cement. The use of Sandscape Refined provided an excellent alternative to the imported precast planters that had originally been considered.
The texture and colors of the Sandscape Texture and Sandscape Refined are a perfect complement to the precast concrete on the building and accentuate the building’s architecture and design aesthetic while adding durability and beautiful detail to the Waterview Campus. The superior decorative concrete installation by Colorado Hardscapes showcases their commitment to providing the highest quality decorative and architectural concrete and their willingness to go above and beyond on every single job.
As a company, you only get one chance to make a good first impression. This axiom presented a slight problem for HL Turner Group, in Concord, NH, whenever potential clients physically came to the office. The existing sidewalks and entryway had heavily spalled areas and many prominent cracks. Bomanite licensee Premier Concrete Construction was invited twice by HL Turner Group to conduct Lunch and Learns. After those presentations they were also asked to examine and to recommend a decorative concrete Bomanite System to revitalize the sidewalks and entrance.
Meeting All Specifications
HL Turner Group is a professional team of architects, engineers, and building scientists serving business, industry, and government. They are very concerned about the art and science of the built environment. They needed a sidewalk renovation that matched the current aesthetics of their building and landscaping, would provide long term durability, was low-maintenance, and was economical. Premier Concrete Construction chose Bomanite Toppings Systems using Bomanite Micro-Top® ST because it met all the specifications.
The highly trained concrete craftsmen of Premier Concrete Construction began the task of preparing the old concrete. This work included repairing and cleaning the heavily spalled areas and numerous long cracks while being sensitive to the heating system within. With all the repair and prep work completed, and a surface that was now workable and ready for renovation, the crew then applied the Bomanite Micro-Top® ST system to the sidewalks and entry.
Exterior Decorative Concrete Restoration Solution
Bomanite Micro-Top® ST is a specialized decorative concrete option especially suited for exterior restoration, like sidewalk resurfacing, and can cover virtually any surface. Bomanite Micro-Top® ST is a two-part, polymer-modified cementitious coating that is applied in two coats by trowel and specialized sprayer to a typical thickness of 3/32 inch. Bomanite Micro-Top® ST is durable and versatile with 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.
Bomanite Micro-Top® ST can 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. It is a “breathable” coating that releases normal entrapped vapor without loosening or blistering. The durability and versatility of Bomanite Micro-Top® ST allows it to be spotted as accent areas, continued up a wall, extended up the side of a building or applied directly to an asphalt street section.
Best Foot Forward
The resulting restoration results Premier Concrete Construction was able to achieve for their client is nothing less than beautiful and spectacular. They created the perfect solution that can withstand the conditions of New Hampshire winters and summers. HL Turner Group can enjoy a durable long term, low maintenance, economical solution to their previous first impression conundrum. They can now create the first impression they so strongly deserve.