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.
Added to the design was a 17’ wide section walkway of Bomanite Exposed Aggregate System Sandscape Texture that utilizes specialized mix designs, additives and topical treatments that can incorporate unique colored sands or aggregates. The thoroughfare was encapsulated with a 6” perimeter band of broom finished concrete that leads from the sidewalk straight to the conference center’s door. Detail was taken to match the saw cut joints in the Sandscape installation to the building’s interior flooring tile layout for a continuous flow from the exterior to the interior space.
The exterior paving showcases a marked handicap parking lot and accommodates a fire lane access where the concrete was poured 7” thick with rebar reinforcement. In total, 9,625 sq. ft. of Bomanite stamped concrete and 1,740 sq. ft. of Bomanite Sandscape Texture Systems were installed for not only the distinct and stunning design detail but for long-term durability and low maintenance attributes. Using a combination of imprinted concrete and exposed aggregate creates a cohesive and complementary decorative concrete element to the exterior space and design of the building.
Through many discussions with Mortenson, Colorado Hardscapes became their go-to contractor to help with other parts of the project. Along with the installation of the exterior hardscape, Colorado Hardscapes was contracted to install decorative saw cuts at two parking garage levels and asked to help remedy two board formed walls that when poured (by others) did not pass Mortenson’s standards.
Bomanite Topping Systems Micro-Top ST was selected to be the new finish on the walls. Bomanite Micro-Top ST is a two-part, polymer-modified cementitious coating that has excellent adhesion and weather resistance when applied to correctly prepared and primed surfaces. Colorado Hardscapes’ crews spent many hours grinding and patching the existing walls to get them smooth enough to apply the Bomanite Micro-Top ST. The two feature walls now accent the exterior finishes on the building and provide a smooth and sleek appearance.
The Bomanite stamped concrete, Bomanite Sandscape Texture, and Bomanite Micro-Top ST turned out beautiful and earned Colorado Hardscapes the 2020 Best Bomanite Toppings Systems Project Silver Award. Using readily available multiple Bomanite products to provide great solutions for the General Contractor, Architect and client is what makes Colorado Hardscapes an astounding partner for any design project.
Bomanite is pleased to present the Annual Decorative Concrete Project Award winners! The Bomanite Company held their Virtual Annual Conference in March of this year, presenting marketing opportunities, new products, licensee project discussions and technically advanced applications, concluding with the announcement of the Bomanite Annual Project Award Winners. We truly missed seeing everyone in person this year but look forward to next year’s conference where our concrete craftsmen will gather to learn hands on new trade techniques, business strategies and exchange ideas with Bomanite Licensees from around the world.
Bomanite Licensees work on anywhere from multimillion-dollar commercial projects to affordable residential housing, new builds and improvements, with a vast knowledge and years of experience, these Bomanite Craftsmen define decorative concrete. Strong. Durable, Artistic. Creative.
Heritage Bomanite, Fresno CA, received the Bomanite Outstanding System Project GRAND AWARD for their innovative work on the Viceroy Hotel, Santa Monica CA. Using our established Bomanite Custom Polishing Modena SL System with unique inlays of Brass Terrazzo Strips defined the hi-end unique designs that are recognizable in all of the Viceroy destinations. The Viceroy Santa Monica renovation project also earned Heritage Bomanite the GOLD AWARD for the Best Bomanite Custom Polishing Systems Project.
Bomanite Licensee Musselman & Hall Contractors, LLC, Kansas City MO, received two GOLD AWARDS, the first being the Best Bomanite Imprint Systems Project GOLD AWARD for the Aquarium at the Boardwalk in Branson MO. Using the Bomanite Imprint Systems Musselman & Hall worked with PGAV Destinations in creating a custom Hexagon Boardwalk pattern with Custom Radius Boardwalk boards that snake around the entrance to the Aquarium. Broadcasted Mirrored glass gives the path an extra sparkle.
The second, Best Bomanite Toppings Systems Project GOLD AWARD was earned for Musselman & Hall’s work on the Cerner Campus in Kansas City. Musselman & Hall was called upon to upscale the front entrance concrete. They ultimately decided on an alternating mix of applications of the Bomanite Toppings Systems Micro-Top XT in Nickel Gray with a broom finish and Bomanite Micro-Top ST finish in French Gray that replicates the window and sheathing pattern on the buildings.
Bomanite of Tulsa, Inc. Tulsa OK, received the Best Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Systems Project GOLD AWARD for their brilliant work on the Choctaw Cultural Center and Museum. Applications of Bomanite Revealed in white, red, yellow and black and the Bomanite Sandscape Texture system in Autumn Brown, were laid out in a pattern significant to the Choctaw Nation. The Choctaw Cultural Center welcomes all visitors to explore the rich history, culture, and experiences of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and its community and now have a rich and beautiful Bomanite Decorative Concrete Interior entry area.
A list is below for additional awards that were given for Silver, Bronze and Honorable Mention categories. To view all the winners and their amazing projects, please click here.
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. Please take a look at the award-winning projects.
2020 List of Bomanite Award Winners
Bomanite Imprint Systems
BRONZE: Bomanite of Wisconsin – Direct Supply, Milwaukee WI – Bomacron Pattern: Running Bond Used Brick
SILVER: Colorado Hardscapes – Monarch Black Hawk Casino, Black Hawk CO – Bomacron Pattern: English Sidewalk Slate Texture with Sandscape Texture Exposed Aggregate System
GOLD: Musselman & Hall Contractors – Aquarium at the Boardwalk, Branson MO – Bomacron Pattern: Custom Hexagon Boardwalk, Custom Curved Boardwalk
Bomanite Specialty Project
HONORABLE MENTION: Edwards Concrete – Orlando Health Care Courtyard, Ocoee FL – Bomanite Revealed Exposed Aggregate System
Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Systems
HONORABLE MENTION: Texas Bomanite – Veterans Memorial Plaza, Carrollton TX – Bomanite Sandscape Refined Antico Exposed Aggregate System
HONORABLE MENTION: Musselman & Hall Contractors – Parkway Condos, Overland Park, MO – Bomanite Sandscape Texture Exposed Aggregate System
HONORABLE MENTION: Bomanite of Tulsa, Inc. – Private Residence, Tulsa OK – Bomanite Revealed and Bomanite Alloy Exposed Aggregate Systems
SILVER: Musselman & Hall Contractors – Community Park – Jefferson City MO – Bomanite Sandscape Texture Exposed Aggregate System with Bomanite Con-Color
GOLD: Bomanite of Tulsa, Inc. – Choctaw Cultural Center, Durant OK – Bomanite Revealed and Bomanite Sandscape Texture Exposed Aggregate Systems
Bomanite Patène Artectura Project
HONORABLE MENTION: Shepherds Construction Co. – Monon over 38th Street, Indianapolis IN – Bomanite Coloration Systems Patène Artectura with Bomanite Chemical Stain and Bomanite Concrete Dye
Bomanite Toppings Systems
SILVER: Colorado Hardscapes – Charles Schwab Lone Tree Campus, Denver CO – Bomanite Toppings Systems Micro-Top ST, Bomacron Pattern English Sidewalk Slate, Bomanite Sandscape Texture Exposed Aggregate System
GOLD: Musselman & Hall Contractors – Cerner Entrance Resurfaced, Kansas City MO – Bomanite Topping Systems Micro-Top XT and Micro-Top ST
Bomanite Custom Polishing Systems
HONORABLE MENTION: Musselman & Hall Contractors – Eureka Elementary, Eureka MO – Bomanite Renaissance Custom Polishing System
HONORABLE MENTION: Concrete Arts, Inc. – Target East Lake Street, Minneapolis MN – Bomanite Patène Teres Custom Polishing System
HONORABLE MENTION: Texas Bomanite – Lake Belton High School, Belton TX – Bomanite VitraFlor with Broadcast Aggregates, Bomanite Alloy Exposed Aggregate, Bomanite Toppings Systems Micro-Top Logos
BRONZE: Texas Bomanite – Brownsville International Airport, Brownsville TX – Bomanite Modena SL Custom Polishing System
SILVER: Premier Concrete Construction, LLC – The Park Theatre, Jaffrey NH – Bomanite Modena Terrazzo Custom Polishing System
GOLD: Heritage Bomanite – Viceroy Hotel, Santa Monica CA – Bomanite Modena SL Custom Polishing System
Bomanite Outstanding GRAND AWARD
GRAND AWARD: Heritage Bomanite – Viceroy Hotel, Santa Monica CA – Bomanite Modena SL Custom Polishing System
CoLab is an impressive 7-story podium student housing residential development with 253 apartment units that house 727 individual bedrooms and includes top-notch amenities. The 5-story residential component sits atop a 2-story partially buried parking garage creating a unique above ground level installation for outdoor amenities. Colorado Hardscapes, a Bomanite Decorative Concrete Contractor worked with Landscape Architect, Britina Designsto make the outdoor living space a stylish modern green community. Environmentally conscious, CoLab chose materials and systems to minimize waste and maximize energy.
The CoLab Student Living Housing Community, a USGBC Gold LEED project, brings the outdoors in with smartly styled study spaces, a rooftop deck and several lush outdoor gathering areas for tenants to enjoy; the pool court (Resort-Style Pool), Fire Court (Outdoor Lounge) and Water Court (Table Games) all featuring decorative concrete. During the design stage Britina Designs visited Colorado Hardscapes Showroom viewing several samples of different concrete systems and to determine the final finishes, aggregates and colors.
Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Systems Sandscape Texture was chosen for the general walkways and courtyards with an inviting eye-catching alternating band of color panels of flatwork. The Bomanite Sandscape Texture was also incorporated into the pool coping with a child safety grip and coordinating color. Bomanite Sandscape Texture utilizes specialized concrete mix designs, additives, decorative mineral aggregates, topical treatments and advanced application procedures to produce a finished product that resembles sand blasted concrete through fine “quarried stone”. Bomanite Sandscape Texture typically involves the use of Bomanite Integral Color and may incorporate specialized natural, regionally selected and qualified sands such as slag, granite, quartz or limestone.
The Bomanite Sandscape Refined Series is similar in design to conventional Sandscape, based on the exposure of fine quartz aggregates but bound in Bomanite Color Hardener. The resulting texture is known as “sugar cube finish”; the feel of the concrete mimics the texture of formed sugar cubes. Due to the use of Bomanite Color Hardener, the Bomanite Sandscape Texture Refined Series is available in a multitude of standard and custom options, including cost effective light-reflective formulations that do not require the use of white cement to reduce heat island effect. The Sandscape Refined Architectural Concrete Finish was installed around the firepit lounge area and included amber glass and crushed mirror glass for a natural reflective nighttime sheen.
The Bomanite Toppings Systems Micro-Top ST, a spray applied concrete resurfacing product, has excellent adhesion and weather resistance with the ability to 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 making it perfect choice for the exterior areas of this Denver Community Housing development. Colorado Hardscapes placed the Micro-Top ST on curbs, steps and walls with a custom color match to complement the surrounding finishes. Once the finish was complete the owners loved the look so much that they requested an additional application to the front foundation.
A popular growing technique, Colorado Hardscapes installed Board-formed Concrete, for the fire pit, water features and outdoor kitchen BBQ. Board-formed Concrete is a process of patterning concrete that leaves a wood grain image on the finished face of the concrete. Because concrete is extremely well-suited as a finished material in modern design, by imprinting the wood grain on the surface, it visually softens and warms concrete’s somewhat cooler appearance while still allowing concrete to express the construction technique giving a modern yet rustic organic vibe to these CoLab outdoor hangouts.
CoLab achieved LEED GOLD certification with the collaboration efforts from the owner/developer, designers, contractors, and consultants that led to points in the following categories: High Efficiency Heating and Cooling Systems; Energy Efficient Appliances; High Efficiency Hot Water Heating; Energy Efficient Lighting; Indoor Environment Quality; Innovation & Design Process; and Material and Resources. Making a LEED Gold certified community, CoLab provides the peace of mind to tenants of knowing their community was built and operates in an environmentally friendly manner with the generated benefits of energy-efficiency and cost-savings. Everyone worked together to transform a great design into reality, a stylish decorative green living community.
Colorado Hardscapes earned the Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Award Over 6,000 sq. ft Bronze Award for their outstanding and contributing decorative concrete work on the CoLab LEED Gold Co-housing Community Development.
Built by Coloradans, for Coloradans. The Coloradan, a mixed-use luxury condominium development at Denver Union Station sits in a prime location. It offers a place for residents to live, work, and play. The layout of the outdoor spaces reflects the idea that the Coloradan is built for people who enjoy an active outdoor lifestyle but do not want to give up the quality of urban living. The project features restaurants and retail at the ground floor as well as three amenity decks for the residents. Landscape Architect, Dig Studio designed the ground level streetscape to integrate and enhance the existing rail terminal. The 5th-floor amenity deck serves private terraces as well as a community garden, which features a harvest table, sink, and serving area alongside an orchard of fruit bearing trees. The 18th floor houses the community fire pit and pool deck; the heated lap pool and spa allow residents to enjoy Colorado’s weather all year long.
Long-term success depends on providing value that extends beyond merely doing on time/on budget work. When the general contractor, GE Johnson, began subcontracting the 19-story Coloradan, Bomanite Licensee, Colorado Hardscapes proposed an achievable price and schedule on the decorative concrete scope of work, however they lost to a lower bidder.
Months later, GE Johnson, called to inquire about Colorado Hardscape’s ability to take on the project for The Coloradan planters and seat walls that would be placed in three separate rooftop lounges because the low bidder backed out of the obligation. Assessing the contractors already advancing critical path schedule, Colorado Hardscapes determined that they simply wouldn’t be able to complete the specified decorative concrete scope in the time available that would meet everyone’s satisfaction. Never willing to simply walk away from a great opportunity to build better relationships, Colorado Hardscapes proposed an achievable alternative that worked with the schedule and corresponded with the architectural intent proposed by Dig Studio.
The general contractor poured the uncolored, form-finished concrete walls using their own forces. Thirty days later, Colorado Hardscapes crew applied Bomanite Topping System Micro-Top ST as an overlay. At just 20 mils-thick, the Bomanite Micro-Top ST coating would be negatively affected by any imperfections in the substrate material, consequently, grinding and patching the form-finished concrete walls until they were completely smooth was imperative. Using hopper-applied products, Colorado Hardscapes delivered a sand-finished surface that appears nearly identical to the original specification. Colorado Hardscapes was able to think outside of the box with solutions that met the builder, owner and project designer needs and exceeded their expectations.
AWARDS: 2018 Best Bomanite Toppings Project – Gold Award