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Connecticut Bomanite Systems Sidewalks Modernize Museum

Yale Peabody Museum in New Haven, CT, features Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Systems installed by Connecticut Bomanite Systems.

 

Following the Yale Peabody Museum’s sesquicentennial anniversary in 2016, the Museum was delighted to announce a major renovation project, the first renovation of the space since 1925.  This initiative aims to reinvent the Peabody for the 21st century and beyond, cementing its status as a center for cutting-edge research, exceptional education, and awe-inspiring exhibitions.  From the skeletons of enormous dinosaurs to cultural artifacts spanning the globe, natural history collections are more than mere curiosities—they serve as the bedrock of our understanding of the natural world.  The construction and transformation, beginning in 2020, took over four years to complete.

Yale Peabody Museum in New Haven, CT, features Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Systems installed by Connecticut Bomanite Systems.

 

 

Yale University engaged Turner Construction Inc. as the General Contractor and Centerbrook Architects and Planners Centerbrook as the Project Designer.  Because of a long term relationship with the University, Connecticut Bomanite Systems was selected to create additional matching decorative concrete sidewalks connecting the museum building and terraces to the parking lot and to the previous work they did in the Sachem Woods Park.  In the beginning, Connecticut Bomanite Systems created more than 20 samples to get one that was finally chosen.  The result is a custom yellow/brown aggregate from New England and a custom integral color.

Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Systems Blend Durability with Design

Yale Peabody Museum in New Haven, CT, features Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Systems installed by Connecticut Bomanite Systems.Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Systems are revitalizing the traditional decorative concrete industry with a fresh approach that incorporates cutting-edge systems, more durable products, and diverse mix designs.  This method marries the structural resilience needed in many construction applications with the aesthetic appeal that designers and homeowners covet.  Originally, exposed aggregate finishes were the understated yet practical choice, known for their unassuming, sometimes irregular appearance and tendency to lose visual appeal over time as the aggregates dislodged from the surface.

Yale Peabody Museum in New Haven, CT, features Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Systems installed by Connecticut Bomanite Systems.However, the landscape of decorative concrete has dramatically changed.  Leveraging advancements in technology and creative product development, Bomanite LLC has introduced innovative solutions that reimagine this classic decorative concrete technique.  Today, products like Bomanite Alloy, Bomanite Sandscape® Texture, Bomanite Sandscape Refined, and Bomanite Revealed™ offer an array of modernized mixes.  These options come with an extensive selection of colors, textures, and aggregate choices, ensuring that each installation is both unique and tailored to meet specific design visions and functional demands.  These new systems not only enhance the visual aspect of concrete but also improve its longevity and durability, making the finished product more appealing and reliable than before.

Yale Peabody Museum in New Haven, CT, features Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Systems installed by Connecticut Bomanite Systems.

 

In essence, Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Systems are transforming a once traditional method into a contemporary design staple.  With these advancements, Bomanite is positioned at the forefront of the industry, providing cost-effective and robust solutions for a wide range of design needs.  The modernized systems deliver on both aesthetic and functional levels, offering designers and architects the tools to unlock the full potential of concrete in any project.  Whether for commercial spaces, residential areas, or large-scale urban developments, Bomanite’s solutions exemplify how concrete can be both beautiful and brilliantly functional.

Award Winning Decorative Concrete

Yale Peabody Museum in New Haven, CT, features Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Systems installed by Connecticut Bomanite Systems.

For this project Connecticut Bomanite Systems received the 2023 Best Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Systems Project Honorable Mention.  Their concrete craftsmen focus on finding creative solutions to technical challenges in every project.  They have consistently met and surpassed expectations for all stakeholders, a testament to their enduring relationship with Yale University.  This long-standing partnership reflects their commitment to excellence and their ability to adapt and deliver distinguishing results.  They played a crucial role in the comprehensive project to reinvent the Peabody for the modern era and future generations, enhancing the experience for students, faculty, and visitors.

 

Yale Peabody Museum in New Haven, CT, features Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Systems installed by Connecticut Bomanite Systems.

 

Texas Bomanite Transforms Texas Bankers Association Flooring

Texas Bomanite installed Bomanite Revealed decorative concrete at Texas Bankers Association in Austin, TX.Founded in 1885, the Texas Bankers Association is the first state banking association in the United States.  It is also the largest state-based banking trade organization in the country.  The Association focuses on member-centric policies, professional development, issue advocacy, and premier services.  Representing a diverse group of Texas banks including large and small, state and national, thrift, and community institutions, it is committed to community development. Its members play a crucial role in bolstering local economies and fortifying Texas communities, embodying their motto of “Strong Banks for Stronger Communities.”  To build a new ground-up Headquarters office building in Austin, TX, Texas Bankers Association contracted Beck Group as the main contractor, and utilized Beck Architecture as the project designer.  Texas Bomanite was chosen to realize the architect’s vision in decorative concrete throughout the lobby and the entrance to the building.

From Piece of Tile To Total Project

Texas Bomanite installed Bomanite Modena TG decorative concrete at Texas Bankers Association in Austin, TX.This project was solely designed from a piece of tile that the architect wanted to use in the elevators and bathroom floor and wanted the decorative concrete flooring to match.  Over several months, many design meetings, and samples, Texas Bomanite created a white Bomanite Modena TG floor with #3-#5 Bomanite Blanco Mexicano aggregates.  Bomanite Modena is one of the Bomanite Custom Polishing Systems.  Texas Bomanite included 1/8″ zinc divider strips to break up the floor and tie into the silver finishes throughout the lobby.  The architect also wanted a seamless transition from the outside to the inside and Texas Bomanite added on a white Bomanite Revealed™ front entry with the same aggregates.  Bomanite Revealed™ is one of the Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Systems.  This lobby was the genesis of many projects that showcase a continuous flooring from the inside of the building to the outside of the building created by concrete craftsmen at Texas Bomanite.

Project Presented Complex Challenges

Texas Bomanite installed Bomanite Modena TG decorative concrete at Texas Bankers Association in Austin, TX.

 

Coordination was required between the structural engineer to place the sub slab control joints with the design intent in mind of the Bomanite Modena TG.  The project had hallways emanating from the central lobby and coordinating the pours so that the crew wouldn’t be trapped off of one end of the lobby also took some coordination. The service elevator and pedestrian elevators were all surrounded by Bomanite Modena TG so coordinating the pour schedule with the needs of continued construction throughout the building posed some painstaking planning.

Texas Bomanite installed Bomanite Modena TG decorative concrete at Texas Bankers Association in Austin, TX.Texas Bomanite used all three of its divisions to complete this project.  The polish division performed all interior prep work, installation of zinc strips, and polishing of the Bomanite Modena TG.  The concrete division performed the installation of the Bomanite Modena TG and Bomanite Revealed™ decorative concrete, paying close attention that the large aggregates were tightly floated against all of the zinc strips, and against the exposed, curved concrete walls. The front entrance of the building is on a hill so creating and leveling the front steps and ADA ramp posed to be quite difficult.  The clean and seal division performed the exterior prep work and exposing and sealing of the Bomanite Revealed™.  Challenges also came with the existence of white concrete on a construction site.  Many methods of protection and coordination and collaboration with other trades were required to keep the finish white throughout the remainder of construction.  The zinc strips also posed challenges.  The Bomanite Modena TG had to be polished slowly and with white or neutral tooling to avoid staining the floor.  Texas Bomanite had to use various methods to remove the zinc shavings from the floor as they moved through the process.

Two Bomanite Systems Sustain Design Concept

Texas Bomanite installed Bomanite Modena TG decorative concrete at Texas Bankers Association in Austin, TX.Using two Bomanite Systems to achieve the desired design concepts was necessary in this project.  Bomanite Modena TG is an engineered cementitious topping designed for bonding to cured concrete or prepared wood substrates.  Once set, this topping is ground to reveal internal aggregates and then polished to the desired gloss level, followed by a protective Bomanite stain-resistant seal or coating.  Key benefits include a wide range of colors, diverse aggregate options, superior durability, and a consistent surface appearance.  This makes it ideal for high-traffic areas in public buildings like airports, hospitals, government offices, and schools.  Bomanite Revealed™ is an architectural concrete that showcases decorative aggregates at varying exposure depths, bound within a unique binder on primed concrete.  This system employs preblended binders, light-fast pigments, specialized admixtures, and advanced application techniques to highlight the seeded aggregate.  Unlike typical surface-seeded installations, Bomanite Revealed™ achieves 100% exposure of the aggregate without any native sands marring the appearance.

Award Winning Decorative Concrete

Texas Bomanite installed Bomanite Modena TG decorative concrete at Texas Bankers Association in Austin, TX.Texas Bomanite has a renowned reputation for their expertise in decorative concrete craftsmanship, especially in creating seamless transitions throughout the entry from outdoor to indoor.  They were able to exceed the expectations of the project stakeholders.  The Texas Bankers Association project benefited from Texas Bomanite’s capabilities and expertise.  First impressions are crucial when entering a building, both for employees and potential tenants.  The Texas Bankers Association is set to make a stunning first impression for many years to come.

Texas Bomanite installed Bomanite Modena TG decorative concrete at Texas Bankers Association in Austin, TX.

Musselman & Hall’s Bomanite Sandscape® Sandblasted at Midwest Transplant Memorial Plaza

Musselman & Hall installed Bomanite Sandscape Texture decorative sandblasted concrete on Midwest Transplant Memorial Plaza.

 

 

Since 1973, the Midwest Transplant Network (MTN) has been instrumental in connecting lives across Kansas and western Missouri.  Working as a not-for-profit organ procurement organization (OPO) that is federally certified, MTN collaborates with organ, eye, and tissue donors and their families, along with hospitals and various professional partners.  Their efforts are aimed at extending legacies, offering hope, and saving lives.  Notably, MTN is ranked within the top 10% of OPOs in the United States.  Obviously, these can be very traumatic and stressful times for patients and families.  MTN needed a Memorial Plaza that provides a space for families to honor the donor heroes and the gift of donation.  McCownGordon, the main contractors on the project, and Hoefer Welker, the Project Designer chose Bomanite Licensee Musselman & Hall Contractors to install the decorative concrete plaza.

Project Specs Not Size Dictate Difficulty

Musselman & Hall installed Bomanite Sandscape Texture decorative sandblasted concrete on Midwest Transplant Memorial Plaza.

 

 

The choice of Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Systems was a perfect project decision.  Though relatively small in size at 740 SF, the project had a number of elements that made it complex.  The project featured Bomanite Sandscape® Texture with concentric, overlapping sandblasted rings to achieve a variance in color and texture.  The memorial plaza includes a sculpture foundation and a small water feature in the center of the plaza.  Along the plaza’s perimeter, five decorative concrete benches are strategically placed to provide a comfortable resting spot for families who spend time here.

Musselman & Hall installed Bomanite Sandscape Texture decorative sandblasted concrete on Midwest Transplant Memorial Plaza.

 

 

Musselman & Hall concrete craftsmen were concerned about achieving the distinct and consistent sandblast rings.  The sandblasting was further complicated by the circular pattern and detailed lines.  Musselman & Hall built custom cut plywood sandblast shields and used sandblast tape where the “infinity rings” overlapped.  The outcome is the creation of a stunning plaza, meticulously designed for the patients and their families.  This space serves as a peaceful retreat, where individuals can relax and find solace amidst their challenges, offering a serene environment that enhances their overall experience.

Enhancing Outdoor Spaces with Bomanite Sandscape® Texture

Musselman & Hall installed Bomanite Sandscape Texture decorative sandblasted concrete on Midwest Transplant Memorial Plaza.Bomanite Sandscape® Texture emerges as an innovative solution for outdoor environments, offering a distinctive alternative to traditional concrete finishes.  This advanced concrete solution is crafted through the use of specialized mix designs, additives, topical treatments, and precise application techniques.  It adeptly mimics the appearance of sand-blasted concrete, and it can also integrate specialized colored sands and aggregates larger than 3/8” in diameter.  The appeal of Bomanite Sandscape® Texture lies not only in its aesthetic resemblance to natural textures but also in its cost-effectiveness as a decorative concrete option.  This economical choice yields a monolithic concrete slab that boasts a low life-cycle cost, attributed to the surface’s pre-aged nature, making it a prudent selection for numerous projects.

Musselman & Hall installed Bomanite Sandscape Texture decorative sandblasted concrete on Midwest Transplant Memorial Plaza.Beyond its aesthetic appeal, Bomanite Sandscape® Texture is engineered for versatility and longevity, making it the perfect choice for a wide range of applications including plazas, walkways, shopping centers, educational facilities, and more.  The surface’s texture is not only consistent but also durable, offering a multitude of standard and custom options, including light-reflective formulations that mitigate the heat island effect.  When paired with various color and staining options, such as Bomanite Con-Color and Bomanite Chemical Stain, it allows for the creation of distinctive and resilient hardscapes.  The advanced technology behind Bomanite Sandscape® Texture caters to both aesthetic preferences and functional requirements, establishing it as an indispensable solution for contemporary outdoor design.

Compassionate Creative Concrete Design

Musselman & Hall installed Bomanite Sandscape Texture decorative sandblasted concrete on Midwest Transplant Memorial Plaza.This plaza is a sanctuary where the legacies of donor heroes are honored, and families find comfort and connection during times of profound loss and reflection.  The intricacies of the project—from the meticulous selection of materials to the careful crafting of sandblast rings—highlight the dedication of Musselman & Hall Contractors to achieving a finish that complements the sacredness of the site.  The result is a space that transcends its physical boundaries, becoming a beacon of hope and healing for the community. It showcases how decorative concrete can be elevated from a mere construction material to an integral part of landscape design that touches human lives.  As the Midwest Transplant Network continues its noble mission, the Memorial Plaza remains a tangible representation of their commitment to connecting lives, extending legacies, and fostering a community of support and remembrance.

Musselman & Hall installed Bomanite Sandscape Texture decorative sandblasted concrete on Midwest Transplant Memorial Plaza.

Bomanite Unveils Annual Decorative Concrete Awards Winners

Lights, camera, action!  Bomanite proudly presents the Annual Decorative Concrete Project Award winners!  The Bomanite Annual Conference was held in Orlando, FL, at Universal Studios, the last week in February which culminated with the Annual Banquet Dinner where the awards were presented.  Arguably one of the industry’s most coveted sets of awards, each year the Best-of-the-Best, the concrete craftsmen of the Bomanite Licensees, compete against each other for these awards.  Leading up to the awards evening, the week is filled with hands-on training in new techniques and products, and the exchange of ideas.

With 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, improvements, and everything in between.

Colorado Hardscapes installation at Adams County Veterans Memorial in Brighton, CO, earning the GRAND AWARD at the Bomanite Decorative Concrete Annual Awards.

 

Colorado Hardscapes received the GRAND AWARD – Bomanite Multiple Systems for their strikingly beautiful and masterful installation at Adams County Veterans Memorial in Brighton, CO, which honors each branch of the services.  Colorado Hardscapes’ dedication to excellence, innovation, and collaboration led to the creation of a truly unique and moving space that encompasses a range of decorative concrete products.  From the realistic look of the USS Colorado battleship to the intricate design of the Story Wall, every element of this Memorial reflects Colorado Hardscapes’ unwavering commitment to remembering those who served our country.  The multiple Bomanite Systems used were:

  1. Bomanite Imprint Systems – Running Bond Belgian Block, 6” Boardwalk, Sandstone Texture
  2. Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Systems – Bomanite Sandscape® Texture, Bomanite Sandscape Refined
  3. Bomanite Toppings Systems – MicroTop XT

 

Jeffco Concrete Contractors installed Bomanite Imprint at Croatian American Society Cultural Center in Bell Chase, LA, winning GOLD at the Bomanite Decorative Concrete Annual Awards.

 

 

Jeffco Concrete Contractors, Inc., received the Best Bomanite Imprint Systems Project GOLD AWARD for their captivatingly classy craftsmanship of Bomanite Imprinted decorative concrete using the Bomanite Small Random Slate pattern at the Croatian American Society Cultural Center in Bell Chase, LA.  The clients wanted an exterior space to host their numerous events.  Using Bomanite Coquina integral color with a Bomanite Nickel Gray release really ties in well with the rustic wood and stone to create this inviting exterior dining/event space.

Bomanite of Wisconsin installed Bomanite Grasscrete at Bellin Health in Green Bay, WI, to earn the Gold Award at the Bomanite Decorative Concrete Annual Awards.

 

 

Bomanite of Wisconsin received the Best Bomanite Pervious Concrete Systems Project GOLD AWARD for their installation at Bellin Health in Green Bay, WI.  This system is also known as Grasscrete.  It allows for more usable hard surface while still allowing emergency access around the building and yet permitting the drain-in-place functionality of pervious concrete, one of the many green benefits of Grasscrete.  Bomanite of Wisconsin took the extra step of polishing the finished concrete installation to provide the ultimate stakeholder satisfaction.

Jeffco Concrete Contractors installed Bomanite Toppings at Fort Rucker Training Support Facility in Fort Rucker, AL, receiving GOLD at the Bomanite Decorative Concrete Annual Awards.

 

 

Jeffco Concrete Contractors, Inc., was also awarded the Best Bomanite Toppings Systems Project GOLD AWARD for an Aviation Logo installation at Fort Rucker Training Support Facility in Fort Rucker, AL.  This 16′ logo was laid out by hand in a high traffic entry area in Ft. Rucker, AL, using a stencil and five Bomanite Micro-Top XT color matched colors.  The logo was installed in the middle of August at nearly 100 degrees outside, a unique challenge unto itself.  This installation gives the building’s entry court an added touch of vivid color that is destined to instill a sense of pride.

Musselman and Hall Contractors installed Bomanite Polishing at Lee’s Summit High School in Lee’s Summit, MO, winning GOLD at the Bomanite Decorative Concrete Annual Awards.

 

 

Musselman & Hall Contractors, LLC, was awarded the Best Bomanite Custom Polishing Systems Project GOLD AWARD for a beautiful decorative concrete installation at Lee’s Summit High School in Lee’s Summit, MO.  The project was completed in numerous phases and stretched from Nov 2021 to July 2023.  Some of the stair treads were cast and stored for over a year before being installed.  The project included an expansive installation of Bomanite Belcolore system throughout the public spaces and thoroughfares.  This project also utilized precast stair elements with monolithic tread and riser matching the flooring.  Installing the Belcolore finish on a large scale as well as in the precast treads were both charting in new territory not just for Musselman & Hall, but seemingly anywhere.

Heritage Bomanite installed Bomanite Exposed Aggregate at Children’s Valley Hospital in Fresno, CA, and was awarded GOLD at the Bomanite Decorative Concrete Annual Awards.

 

 

Heritage Bomanite captured the Best Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Systems Project GOLD AWARD for their decorative concrete installation at Valley Children’s Hospital – Phase 5, in Fresno, CA.  This entire project is special to the owner and everyone who was involved.  It provides visiting families with a place to relax and rest whilst dealing with in many cases a deeply stressful and difficult time.  The new entrance has brought a new lease of life back to the front of the building, making it a much more welcoming place for small children to visit because of the cast in place decorative concrete hearts and flowers.

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.

2023 List of Bomanite Award Winners

Bomanite Imprint Systems

  • GOLD:  Jeffco Concrete Contractors, Inc. – Croatian American Society Cultural Center – Belle Chase, LA – Bomacron Pattern: Small Random Slate

 

Bomanite Pervious Concrete Systems

  • GOLD: Bomanite of Wisconsin – Bellin Health – Green Bay, WI – Bomanite Pervious Concrete Systems – Grasscrete®

 

Bomanite Toppings Systems

  • BRONZE: Heritage Bomanite – Ferguson Residence – Lemoore, CA – Thin-Set Overlay
  • SILVER: Carolina Bomanite Corporation – Statesville Christian School – Statesville, NC – Bomanite Micro-Top XT
  • GOLD: Jeffco Concrete Contractors, Inc. – Fort Rucker Training Support Facility – Aviation Logo – Fort Rucker, AL – Bomanite Micro-Top XT

 

Bomanite Custom Polishing Systems

  • HONORABLE MENTION: Musselman & Hall Contractors – Hallmark Corporate Offices – Kansas City, MO – Bomanite Modena SL
  • BRONZE: Texas Bomanite – Texas Bankers Association – Austin, TX – Bomanite Modena TG
  • SILVER: Musselman & Hall Contractors – John Diemer Elementary – Overland Park, KS – Bomanite Renaissance
  • GOLD: Musselman & Hall – Lee’s Summit High School – Lee’s Summit, MO – Bomanite Belcolore

 

Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Systems

  • HONORABLE MENTION: Connecticut Bomanite Systems – Yale Peabody Museum – New Haven, CT – Bomanite Sandscape® Texture
  • HONORABLE MENTION: Bomanite of Tulsa, Inc. – Murphy Residence – Tulsa, OK – Antico
  • BRONZE: Bomanite Toronto – Hanson Trail – Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada – Bomanite Sandscape® Texture
  • SILVER: Musselman & Hall Contractors – Kansas City International Airport – North Plaza – Kansas City, MO – Bomanite Sandscape® Texture
  • GOLD: Heritage Bomanite – Valley Children’s Hospital – Phase 5 – Fresno, CA – Bomanite Sandscape® Texture / Bomanite Sandscape Refined / Bomanite Revealed

 

Bomanite Multiple Systems

  • GRAND AWARD: Colorado Hardscapes – Adams County Veterans Memorial – Brighton, CO – Bomanite Imprint Systems – Bomanite Running Bond Belgian Block, Bomanite 6” Boardwalk, Bomanite Sandstone Texture / Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Systems – Bomanite Sandscape® Texture, Bomanite Sandscape Refined / Bomanite Toppings Systems – Bomanite Micro-Top XT

 

 

Architectural Concrete & Design’s Courtyard Creation at Utah State Board of Education

Architectural Concrete & Design installed Bomanite Sandscape Texture decorative concrete at Utah State Board of Education.In July 2022, the Utah State Board of Education, in Salt Lake City, UT, witnessed a remarkable transformation of its courtyard, a project that not only redefined its outdoor space but also set a new standard for design innovation.  Bomanite Licensee Architectural Concrete & Design, a firm renowned for its expertise in architectural decorative concrete, took on the challenge to install a new courtyard with Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Systems using Bomanite Sandscape® Texture.  This project was unique in its approach, employing two pours of two integral colors – Bomanite Coloration Concentrate “Dark Gray DM” and “Pewter DM” – to create a visually striking and highly functional outdoor area.  The goal was not merely to renovate the existing space but to elevate it into a modern, aesthetically pleasing, and multi-functional courtyard.  Working with an in-house design team, Architectural Concrete & Design envisioned a space that could seamlessly blend with the architectural ethos of the USBE building while introducing an element of contemporary elegance.  The decision to use Bomanite Sandscape® Texture in two contrasting colors was driven by a desire to create a dynamic and engaging environment that could inspire creativity and tranquility.

Two-Phase Pour Precision and Expertise

Architectural Concrete & Design installed Bomanite Sandscape Texture decorative concrete at Utah State Board of Education.The installation process is a testament to Architectural Concrete & Design’s mastery and concrete craftsmanship.  The project was executed in two phases to accommodate the two-color scheme.  Precision was key, as the team of concrete artisans meticulously planned the pours to ensure sharp, clean lines between the colors, achieving a seamless transition that visually expanded the space.  One of the significant challenges faced during the installation was maintaining the integrity of the design amidst the logistical complexities of executing two separate pours, creating an intricate interplay of shades that added depth and dimension to the courtyard.  This project has not only enhanced the aesthetic and functional value of the courtyard but also demonstrated the potential of architectural concrete to bring design visions to life.

 

Durability Meets Design

Architectural Concrete & Design installed Bomanite Sandscape Texture decorative concrete at Utah State Board of Education.One of the project’s core considerations was selecting a material that could withstand the rigors of Utah’s climate while maintaining its visual integrity.  Bomanite Sandscape® Texture, known for its durability, low maintenance, and the ability to incorporate multiple colors into the design, can withstand the rigors of high foot traffic and provides a non-skid surface.  It was an ideal choice, ensuring that the courtyard would remain a vibrant and inviting space for years to come.  It is now a visually appealing outdoor space and a picturesque setting for photos of smiling award recipients.  Architectural Concrete & Design, through their creative use of Bomanite Sandscape® Texture and meeting design goals, has showcased the transformative power of architectural decorative concrete.  This project stands as a beacon of modern design, inspiring future projects to push the boundaries of creativity and functionality.

Architectural Concrete & Design installed Bomanite Sandscape Texture decorative concrete at Utah State Board of Education.

Musselman and Hall Lay Lavendar Concrete Ribbon

Musselman and Hall installed Bomanite Revealed decorative concrete at Mosaic Life Care Center Ribbon Pavilion.Mosaic Life Care, located in St. Joseph, MO, has unveiled a state-of-the-art cancer center, offering comprehensive treatment services in a single, 25,000-square-foot facility.  This eliminates the need for patients to travel between multiple buildings for care.  The center features a spacious chemotherapy infusion room with panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the lake, a healing garden, and the walking trail system leading to the Ribbon Walk Pavilion.  Designed to be warm and inviting, diverging from a traditional hospital setting, the center boasts a $22 million design inspired by Mayo Clinic facilities.  It serves as a premier world-class destination for cancer care in the region, fostering a healing environment.  Patients have convenient access to various services within a mere short walk, including Medical Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Labs, Social Services, spiritual care, massage care, acupuncture care, the pharmacy, the chemotherapy infusion room, and a special boutique and salon for patients experiencing hair loss – all in one place.

Musselman and Hall installed Bomanite Revealed decorative concrete at Mosaic Life Care Center Ribbon Pavilion.To bring their vision to life, Mosaic Life Center contracted Lehr Construction as the main contractor and Creal Clark & Seifert was chosen as the designer for the project.  They selected Bomanite Licensee Musselman and Hall Contractors, LLC to install the decorative concrete in the Ribbon Walk Pavilion.  This portion of the project consisted of approximately 700 SF of Bomanite Revealed system, part of the Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Systems, in two shades of a custom “lavender” integral color.  Bomanite developed the design control samples for the project.  Total project duration from design development through completion of construction took nearly one year.  Color #1 is a white base Bomanite Revealed with a #1 purple glass.  Color #2 is a white base Bomanite Revealed with a #1 crystal clear glass.

Musselman and Hall installed Bomanite Revealed decorative concrete at Mosaic Life Care Center Ribbon Pavilion.The lavender color ribbon is the universal symbol that represents “all types of cancer”.  Musselman and Hall also installed the seat wall and pavers surrounding the Ribbon Walk Pavilion.  The lavender Ribbon Walk is dedicated to patients who have courageously fought cancer and is a reminder that we can give hope to conquering this disease through support and advocacy.  This lavender Ribbon Walk stands as a tribute to the valiant individuals who have battled cancer, embodying a symbol of hope and a commitment to defeating this illness through continued support and advocacy.  Positioned on the walking trail adjacent to the Cancer Center, on the northwest corner of the Mosaic Life Care at St. Joseph, Medical Center campus, the Cancer Ribbon Walk is a place of remembrance and honor.  Here, individual pavers are laid, each one representing a heartfelt tribute to someone who has been affected by cancer, either as a commemoration of their brave fight or in memory of those dearly missed.

Bomanite Revealed Raises Result Standard

Musselman and Hall installed Bomanite Revealed decorative concrete at Mosaic Life Care Center Ribbon Pavilion.Bomanite Revealed is an architectural exposed concrete with varying exposure depths using decorative aggregates that are bound in a unique binder and applied to primed concrete.  The Bomanite Revealed System utilizes preblended binders, light fast pigments, specialized admixtures, topical treatments, and advanced application procedures to produce a finished product that showcases the seeded aggregate.  Unlike most surface seeded installations, Bomanite Revealed provides 100% exposure of the decorative aggregate with no native sands detracting from the finished appearance.

Musselman and Hall installed Bomanite Revealed decorative concrete at Mosaic Life Care Center Ribbon Pavilion.The final product is unique alternate 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 necessary.  Due to the use of the Bomanite Revealed binder, these highly durable surfaces are available in a multitude of standard and custom options, including cost effective light-reflective formulations that will not require the use of white cement to reduce heat island effect.  Bomanite Revealed is intended for both new construction and major renovation projects.  Topically applied products such as Bomanite Con-Color and Bomanite Chemical Stain are compatible with Bomanite Revealed.

 

Musselman and Hall Takes Time Essential for Excellence

Musselman and Hall installed Bomanite Revealed decorative concrete at Mosaic Life Care Center Ribbon Pavilion.Musselman & Hall Contractors, LLC specializes in addressing significant architectural concrete needs for commercial projects.  Their team of decorative concrete craftsmen takes pride in collaborating with architects, landscape architects, owners, and engineers, proactively addressing design and construction challenges. This collaborative approach leads to inventive solutions, carefully choosing the most suitable product for each application by balancing factors like aesthetics, durability, cost, scheduling, and logistics.  Design control samples were critical to the success of this project, and the necessary time and effort was taken to get it perfect.

Musselman and Hall installed Bomanite Revealed decorative concrete at Mosaic Life Care Center Ribbon Pavilion.

Belarde Beautified Bank of America Plaza Courtyard

Belarde Company installed Bomanite Sandscape Texture decorative concrete at 800 5th Ave in Seattle, WA.In the heart of the Central Business District in Seattle, WA, 800 5th Ave, a 42-story, 935,243 square foot, Class A tower, previously known as Bank of America Fifth Avenue Plaza, dominates its portion of the landscape and the skyline.  It is the tenth-tallest building in Seattle with construction completed in 1981, an era when high-rise buildings were supposed to make you feel a little bit intimidated and in awe.  The building and courtyard required renovation to transform them into inviting spaces where people feel encouraged to linger, dine, meet, and collaborate.

Bank of America picked Sellen Construction Company, INC as the main contractor and Olson Kundig was selected as Project Designer.  Because of their proven track record of excellence and professionalism, Bomanite Licensee Belarde Company was chosen to install the decorative concrete on the courtyard and stairways.  Belarde Company collaborated with all stakeholders and Bomanite Sandscape® Texture with “black” integral color was picked for the project.  To get the project dark enough for the end user, Belarde Company used Bomanite Black Con-Color to stain the entire project prior to sealing with a clear color enhancing acrylic sealer.  Belarde was forced to use maximum 7-yard loads due to the steep hill that concrete trucks and line pumps had to work off, a unique challenge created by Seattle’s downtown topography.

Bomanite Sandscape® Texture Transforms Terrains

Belarde Company installed Bomanite Sandscape Texture decorative concrete at 800 5th Ave in Seattle, WA.Bomanite Sandscape® Texture, part of the Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Systems, is crafted using a unique blend of concrete mixtures, additives, and decorative mineral aggregates to create a finish that closely resembles evenly sandblasted concrete or fine “quarried stone”.  This technique usually involves integrating Bomanite Integral Color and may include specific natural sands like slag, granite, quartz, or limestone, chosen for their regional availability and quality.  Bomanite Sandscape® Texture is also compatible with topically applied products like Bomanite Con-Color and Bomanite Chemical Stain.

Additionally, the Bomanite Sandscape® Texture is offered in the “Refined” Series, which, while similar to the conventional Sandscape, features fine quartz aggregates embedded in Bomanite Color Hardener.  This creates a “sugar cube finish,” where the concrete’s texture resembles that of sugar cubes.  The Bomanite Sandscape® Texture Refined Series comes in various standard and custom options, including eco-friendly light-reflective formulas that reduce the heat island effect without needing white cement.

Ideal for both new constructions and significant renovations, Bomanite Sandscape® Texture is typically installed as a full-depth slab on grade or as thick, un-bonded toppings over 3 inches thick on membrane applications.  The success of the final product heavily depends on the quality of aggregate selection and the precision in placing and finishing.

Bomanite Licensees Leverage Training and Expertise

Belarde Company installed Bomanite Sandscape Texture decorative concrete at 800 5th Ave in Seattle, WA.Founded in 1998 as the Belarde Company, this firm’s connection with Bomanite dates to the mid-1980s, when John Belarde, its owner, was part of his father’s concrete construction business. The Belarde Company, serving Washington, Oregon, and Alaska, is recognized as a leading provider of architectural concrete for major commercial projects in the Pacific Northwest, known for its commitment to quality, advanced technical expertise, and safety on the job site.  The team at Belarde Company collaborates with owners, architects, landscape architects, and builders to grasp the unique aspects of each project, crafting concrete solutions that align with cost, quality, schedule, and design goals.  In the construction phase, the Belarde team’s concrete experts focus meticulously on site and formwork preparation, applying Bomanite processes with precision to ensure exceptional quality in every project.

Musselman and Hall Revitalizes Riverfront in Omaha

Musselman & Hall installed Bomanite Revealed decorative concrete on existing stairs and walls in Omaha, NE.The Omaha RiverFront Revitalization Project aims to rejuvenate a 72-acre urban parkland area along the Missouri River.  This initiative involved the transformation of three previously underused parks, namely Gene Leahy Mall, Heartland of America, and Lewis and Clark Landing, into new attractions for the local and regional community.  By enhancing accessibility to the river and creating inviting outdoor spaces, the RiverFront Revitalization project will strengthen connections within the city.  These three parks will not only offer improved access to downtown Omaha but also promote environmental sustainability and support economic growth.

Musselman & Hall installed Bomanite Revealed decorative concrete on existing stairs and walls in Omaha, NE.The RiverFront’s realization was made possible through the generosity of the community.  An exceptional public-private partnership played a crucial role in financing the $325 million project.  The City of Omaha contributed $50 million, with the remaining funds coming from local philanthropists.  This collaborative approach ensured the project’s prompt execution and represented a significant investment in the city’s future.  While the City of Omaha owns The RiverFront, its private management falls under the responsibility of the Metropolitan Entertainment & Convention Authority (MECA).  MECA oversees day-to-day operations, and maintenance at The RiverFront while providing supervision of park activities and security measures.

Bomanite Revealed Revamps Existing Walls and Stairs

Musselman & Hall installed Bomanite Revealed decorative concrete on existing stairs and walls in Omaha, NE.

 

The Main Contractor selected for the massive project was Kiewit Infrastructure Co.  Bomanite Licensee Musselman & Hall Contractors worked with landscape architecture firm, OJB Landscape Architecture, to develop the basis of design and samples for assorted park hardscape finishes.  Musselman & Hall was selected to install over 8,200 SF of Bomanite Revealed™ bonded overlay over existing walls and stairs.  The process took significant planning and sampling to develop the appropriate installation methods and processes.  Musselman & Hall also installed other cast-in-place walls with a Bomanite Sandscape® finish to match the revealed overlay.  The challenging complexity for this project was the depth of difficulty.  Dan Kroesen, Vice President of Musselman & Hall said, “This project challenged us to think and work creatively to build a project we take great pride in.”

Musselman & Hall installed Bomanite Revealed decorative concrete on existing stairs and walls in Omaha, NE.

 

 

 

In this project Musselman & Hall used Brass colored Bomanite Revealed™ in the appropriate dosage.  They also utilized Bomanite Surface Deactivator.  The depth of etch used was Standard Sand Etch.  White Bomanite Revealed™ was used for the “white” overlay.  Musselman & Hall created a cohesive look and feel to the many disparate locations throughout the overall project.

 

Architectural Exposed Concrete Creates Exceptional Results

Musselman & Hall installed Bomanite Revealed decorative concrete on existing stairs and walls in Omaha, NE.Bomanite Revealed™ Systems, part of the Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Systems, offer an innovative approach to architectural exposed concrete. This decorative concrete solution features a captivating blend of decorative aggregates firmly bound by a unique binder, skillfully applied to primed concrete surfaces.  To achieve this exceptional result, Bomanite Revealed™ relies on preblended binders, lightfast pigments, specialized admixtures, specialized topical treatments, and advanced application techniques that highlight the seeded aggregate.

 

Musselman & Hall installed Bomanite Revealed decorative concrete on existing stairs and walls in Omaha, NE.Unlike typical surface-seeded installations, Bomanite Revealed™ ensures a 100% exposure of the decorative aggregate, with no native sands to distract from its finished appearance.  The end product stands out as a distinctive alternative to other decorative concrete finishes, all while delivering a monolithic concrete surface with a low life cycle cost due to its pre-aged surface characteristics.

 

Bomanite Revealed™ is suited for exterior applications, where improved wear resistance against light to moderate-duty vehicular or foot traffic, along with an architectural finish, is essential. Thanks to the Bomanite Revealed binder, these surfaces offer outstanding durability and come in a wide range of standard and custom options. Additionally, cost-effective light-reflective formulations are available, eliminating the need for white cement to mitigate the heat island effect.

Musselman & Hall installed Bomanite Revealed decorative concrete on existing stairs and walls in Omaha, NE.

Award Winning Decorative Concrete

Musselman & Hall installed Bomanite Revealed decorative concrete on existing stairs and walls in Omaha, NE.Musselman & Hall received the highly sought after 2022 GRAND AWARD for Best Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Systems Project.  With more than a century of construction heritage, and an incomparable reputation in the decorative concrete sphere, it is not by chance that Musselman & Hall was chosen to bring to life the vision of all the stakeholders of this project.  Their highly skilled concrete craftsmen created a series of outdoor spaces that are destined to be an integral and valuable asset to life in Omaha for many years into the future.

Musselman & Hall installed Bomanite Revealed decorative concrete on existing stairs and walls in Omaha, NE.

 

Bomanite of Tulsa Transforms Tulsa Tech’s Entrance

Bomanite of Tulsa installed Bomanite Granite Setts imprinted decorative concrete pavement at Tulsa Tech in Tulsa, OK.

 

In 1965, the inaugural Tulsa Tech campus was established on 40 acres with only a handful of buildings, driven by the vision of improving the lives of upcoming generations of Oklahomans.  Today, after more than half a century, this campus has become the primary hub for Tulsa Tech’s healthcare career training, the cultivation of skills for future engineering students preparing for college, and the education of students in conventional trades such as construction, electrical work, welding, and various other vocational disciplines.

Bomanite of Tulsa installed Bomanite Granite Setts imprinted decorative concrete pavement at Tulsa Tech in Tulsa, OK.

 

 

The Tulsa Technology Center, Lemley Memorial Campus embarked on Phase III of construction that encompassed a comprehensive Entry Package, including a roundabout, pavement, parking lots, and sidewalks and building entryways.  Flintco LLC was selected as the Main Contractor for the project and they used Timber Wolf Excavating as the Sub-Contractor.  Bomanite of Tulsa was chosen to create the architectural design concept of over 21 thousand square feet of decorative concrete for the Entry Package.  Bomanite of Tulsa completed their portion of the project in 2022.

Bomanite Granite Setts Set Standard for Cobblestone Look

Bomanite of Tulsa installed Bomanite Granite Setts imprinted decorative concrete pavement at Tulsa Tech in Tulsa, OK.

 

The TTC Lemley Phase III Entry Package decorative concrete project included various Bomanite Systems.  Most prominent was the Bomanite Imprint Systems concrete pavement using 11,120 square feet of Bomacron Pattern Granite Setts in 6” x 6” size.  The definition of a Sett is a small rectangular paving block made of stone, such as granite, used to provide a durable road surface, like a cobblestone, but in this instance, it is architectural, concrete.  The coloration for this installation utilized Bomanite Coal Gray Color Hardener and Bomanite Cobblestone Gray Release Agent.

Bomanite of Tulsa installed Bomanite Granite Setts imprinted decorative concrete pavement at Tulsa Tech in Tulsa, OK.

 

In addition to the imprinted concrete installation, two Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Systems were also used.   The first consisted of 8,817 square feet of Bomanite Sandscape Refined decorative concrete pavement installed in the Bomanite Coquina color.  The second of the Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Systems installed was 1,352 square feet of Bomanite Alloy pavement in the Bomanite Café au Lait color.  Bomanite Alloy utilizes advanced application procedures to produce a finished product that showcases the seeded aggregate, with a low life cycle cost due to the pre-aged nature of the surface.

Award Winning Decorative Concrete

Bomanite of Tulsa installed Bomanite Granite Setts imprinted decorative concrete pavement at Tulsa Tech in Tulsa, OK.Established in 2002, Bomanite of Tulsa has garnered a well-deserved reputation for its excellence in crafting architectural concrete through the cast-in-place method.  For this project, Bomanite of Tulsa received the coveted 2022 Bronze Award for Best Bomanite Imprint Systems Project.  The hallmark of working with Bomanite of Tulsa lies in their collaborative and transparent communication approach.  Their decorative concrete artisans take pride in delivering concrete products that not only endure but also maintain a remarkable appearance over time.  Bomanite of Tulsa is dedicated to comprehending the unique challenges and opportunities associated with each project, crafting concrete solutions that are not only aesthetically suitable but also cost-effective and durable.  Their team seamlessly integrates with clients to visualize and actualize superior construction quality while adhering to project budget and schedule constraints.  Students, Faculty, and visitors will enjoy the beauty of this project for a lifetime.

 

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Colorado Hardscapes Executes Expert Installation of Bomanite Sandscape Refined

Republic Plaza in downtown Denver, Colorado features a stunning installation of Bomanite Sandscape Refined cast-in-place benches and planter walls by Bomanite Licensee Colorado Hardscapes.Located in the vibrant heart of the central business district between 16th and 17th Streets in downtown Denver, Republic Plaza is a 56-story iconic high-rise building.  Built in 1984, Republic Plaza includes 1.2 million SF of office space and three retail levels and rising 717 feet currently holds the title of tallest building in the entire Rocky Mountain region.

Republic Plaza recently underwent renovations to the main lobby, lower-level concourse, and exterior plaza that leads to the 16th Street Pedestrian Mall.  Bomanite Licensee Colorado Hardscapes was selected to create decorative concrete elements in the exterior plaza area.  Originally, the plans called for precast benches and planter walls.  Colorado Hardscapes asked general contractor The Weitz Company if they would consider a cast-in-place option instead.  After looking at the numbers, Weitz was interested in seeing other cast-in-place benches installed by Colorado Hardscapes and following their portfolio review, approved moving forward with a mock-up of cast-in-place benches utilizing Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Systems and featuring Bomanite Sandscape Refined.

 

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Bomanite Sandscape Refined Showcases Product Consistency

Republic Plaza in downtown Denver, Colorado features a stunning installation of Bomanite Sandscape Refined cast-in-place benches and planter walls by Bomanite Licensee Colorado Hardscapes.One of the most difficult aspects of this project was the shape of the wall.  Not only did it include a reverse batter, 2” bull nose, and channel for lighting, but it was also on a curve.  Colorado Hardscapes knew that a mock-up was the best option for this project to establish expectations and to address any issues they might encounter.  By utilizing custom CNC contoured foam, they were able to cast the desired shape at their design center.  Colorado Hardscapes typically uses this method for their water feature basins, but it also worked out perfectly for the specialty benches.

Republic Plaza in downtown Denver, Colorado features a stunning installation of Bomanite Sandscape Refined cast-in-place benches and planter walls by Bomanite Licensee Colorado Hardscapes.

 

 

Once everyone approved the mock-up, the Colorado Hardscapes crew started on site.  In total, they installed 156 linear feet of Sandscape Refined curved benches and 189 linear feet of Sandscape Refined planter walls with a more conventional shape.  The biggest challenges of this project were the difficult access and hot summer temperatures.  Working right off 16th street, they were limited to only using Tremont Street for access in addition to the complications of downtown in general.  This required them to place the benches in smaller loads.  Despite placing multiple batches, the Sandscape Refined showcases a consistent finish and color from one side of a pour joint to the next.

Award Winning Decorative Concrete

Republic Plaza in downtown Denver, Colorado features a stunning installation of Bomanite Sandscape Refined cast-in-place benches and planter walls by Bomanite Licensee Colorado Hardscapes.With its superior structural capacities, faster production time, and cost-effectiveness, cast-in-place concrete offers an outstanding solution for various construction projects.  Colorado Hardscapes discussed with the client how this method could benefit them in terms of visual appeal and utility features, and they were able to gain the client’s trust with their successful installation using cast-in place methods.

Republic Plaza in downtown Denver, Colorado features a stunning installation of Bomanite Sandscape Refined cast-in-place benches and planter walls by Bomanite Licensee Colorado Hardscapes.

 

 

 

Colorado Hardscapes showcased confidence in their ability as a Bomanite Licensed Contractor and utilized previous successes by taking potential clients to past projects, proving their ability to create amazing results.  The mock-ups they created were an invaluable resource, and moreover, by speaking up about cast-in-place concrete, they saved the owner a significant amount of money on the project while creating an end-product even more beautiful than the original precast option.  The 2022 Silver Award for Best Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Systems Project was awarded to Colorado Hardscapes for their superior effort on this project – not only did they go the extra mile to provide the client with resources that would gain their trust, but they also provided an exceptional product that will stand out and be a feature at Republic Plaza.

Republic Plaza in downtown Denver, Colorado features a stunning installation of Bomanite Sandscape Refined cast-in-place benches and planter walls by Bomanite Licensee Colorado Hardscapes.