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Bomanite Decorative Concrete Contractors Give Back to the Community

Bomanite Cares across the U.S.A., Bomanite licensed decorative concrete contractors make a difference in their communities

Humanitarian, hero, and three-time heavyweight champion of the world, Mohammed Ali once said, “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” Revered for his accomplishments in the ring and beloved the world over for his sharp wit and big heart outside of it, Ali’s legacy is that of The People’s Champion. David Edwards also enjoys a challenge and relishes the chance to give back. As the co-owner of Edwards Concrete Bomanite in Winter Garden, Florida, Edwards has been in the concrete business for more than 40 years. His firm specializes in decorative concrete applications and between the heat and humidity and Florida’s frequently difficult soil conditions, every job his firm does seems to have a few challenges.

“We do stamped concrete, exposed aggregate, polished, colored, and stained concrete,” says Edwards, who has been a Bomanite licensed contractor since 1989. His team of approximately 25 has been devising decorative concrete solutions across central Florida for four decades in service to theme parks, commercial contractors, and public institutions of all sorts and scales. “We don’t shy away from difficult jobs, and while I wear a lot of hats, I enjoy getting into the design side of the work quite a bit.”

When the COVID-19 shattered the world’s sense of normality in early 2020, Edwards was inspired to make a meaningful contribution to his community and quickly harnessed his team’s talents to put a little happiness in the lives of others. “My wife and I grew up in Ocoee, Florida and have lived here our whole lives,” says Edwards. “When the pandemic hit, we wanted to do something for the local health care workers who were putting their lives on the line for people in this community.” Edwards first approached Mayor Rusty Johnson about a charitable giving project he had in mind for the Orlando Health – Central Hospital in Ocoee, Fl. Once the seed was planted, Edwards and his team quickly conceived of a way to enliven the building’s entrance with a decorative token of esteem. In a group effort, Edwards secured material donations from his long-time local suppliers of ready-mix concrete, lumber, and metalwork to assemble the resources required.

The result is a beautiful patio garden next to the building’s staff entrance where health care workers can catch a moment of reprieve from the rigors within. A bold blue heart of Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Concrete in a glass finish is surrounded by blocks of Portland cement seeded with mother of pearl flakes and white chip granite. Strips of artificial turf segment the concrete sections to make the whole patio a refreshing pop of vibrant color that offers a warm welcome and a calm, quiet respite to the hospital’s healthcare workers. “We absolutely appreciate the healthcare workers on the front lines of this pandemic,” says Edwards with genuine satisfaction. “This resting area was meant to help them replenish themselves amid the stress and challenges of their jobs. We were fortunate to be considered an essential service in the early stages of the pandemic and wanted to show our support for the healthcare workers and our community.”

Tyler Balch is a second-generation owner of Texas Bomanite in Dallas. “Since the firm was founded in 1987, one of our core beliefs has been giving back to the community we serve,” says Balch of the firm’s operational foundation. Texas Bomanite employs close to 100 people and completes commercial architectural concrete projects across most of Texas from offices in Dallas and Austin. When the firm was approached about a small but significant polished concrete project for The American Fallen Soldiers Project in Addison, Texas, Balch knew immediately that their cause was worthy of charitable consideration.

A 501c3 non-profit organization, The American Fallen Soldiers Project honors and memorializes American military service members who made the ultimate sacrifice with an original, hand-painted portrait of the fallen that is presented to their family. The brainchild of artist Phil Taylor, each portrait is undertaken to provide Gold Star Families with a small token of comfort and compassion in their time of loss. When the organization leased a new office and gallery space in a suburban office park and inquired about a polished concrete floor, Texas Bomanite decided to do it at a discount. “They wanted a polished concrete floor with a black orchid dye to give the space a very high-end, museum-quality feel,” shares Balch of the scope of work. “Because of the condition of the existing concrete slab, the work involved a lot of patching and grinding to prep the floor to be polished. We felt this was a cause we would be proud to get behind, so we donated time and materials equal to about 28 percent of the total cost. With Bomanite you are getting the best of the best, so making this an affordable option for a very worthy recipient made everyone involved feel fantastic.”

In Aurora, Colorado Bomanite licensed contractor, Colorado Hardscapes, supported a feel-good project of a different sort. Founded in 1947, Colorado Hardscapes has been Front Range Colorado’s premier decorative concrete contractors since the industry’s inception. When they learned of a local effort by the Make-A-Wish Foundation to build a sensory garden and playground for a local 7-year-old boy, Colorado Hardscapes jumped on board.
“The City of Aurora teamed up with the Make a Wish Foundation and a whole host of others to develop a fully-accessible playground with a sensory focus at Red-Tailed Hawk Park near the child’s home. We knew right away this was something we wanted to be a part of,” says Project Manager, Christy Bol. The child’s wish of wishes was simply to go to the park to play and laugh with other children and making that dream come true was a joy and honor for all involved.

The 8,000 SF site features a sensory wall composed of a tactile composition of shapes, textures, and colors, a wavy walk that undulates like a roller coaster, and swings, spinners, and slides of several sorts. A Bomanite Topping Systems – Micro-Top XT was used to make the sensory wall pop with color, while a Bomanite imprint texture mat added a high-touch surface to the rising wall. Bomanite Con-Color was also used to stain the concrete to add swooshes of whimsical flair to flatwork surfaces.“We donated the materials and labor to do  the wavy walk and stained concrete design throughout the park and did the vibrant, textured seat wall at cost,” says Bol. “We were also able to secure a donation from our concrete supplier, Aggregate Industries, for all of the concrete we installed.” Beyond the giving back, Bol shares that the project called upon Colorado Hardscapes’ artistic capacities. “There was only a sketch to start with, so our team got to be creative in conceptualizing the parts and pieces of this one-of-a-kind sensory wall.”

From functional to fantastic, these projects explore the many interesting and innovative possibilities in the world of decorative concrete while illuminating a common bond between Bomanite’s nation-wide network of licensed contractors. “From our perspective, we feel like we have been blessed to be a part of this great community-enhancing project,” finishes Bol. “Charitable giving is a great way to give back and show our commitment to the people and places our projects serve in a long-lasting, meaningful way.”

Written By Sean O’Keefe

Musselman & Hall Contractors win award for sophisticated Bomanite Micro-Top Elmwood Restaurant Floor

Elmwood is a modern American restaurant founded by, Adam Altnether and Chris Kelling, inspired by their respective St. Louis and California roots, with influences from abroad. The restaurant boasts an open-yet-closed kitchen, a charcoal-burning grill, and the only charcoal-fueled oven in the United States. The menu highlights classic midwestern dishes inflected with global flavors and is complemented by a wine program proudly focused on California vintners, with a selection of offerings from international winemakers.

When Adam and Chris collaborated and decided that their new “live fire” restaurant in Maplewood would have some unusual aesthetic touches, they knew they both wanted to be in the mix of the design and construction phases. They contacted Architect Kyle Nottmeier to help fuel their vision and create an environment that looked like nothing else; exposed beams, artisanal pieces, neon signs, soft concrete floors, metal, brick and tiled walls.

The architect contacted Bomanite Licensee, Musselman & Hall Contractors, LLC about flooring options for the restaurant space, given the challenges it presented they needed a contractor with full expertise in commercial renovations. The space had both wood framed floors as well as concrete decking with everything covering it from terrazzo to tile underlayment. After reviewing product samples and colors presented by Musselman & Hall Contractors, it was determined the best option would be the Bomanite Toppings Systems Micro-Top.

Bomanite Micro-Top uses cutting edge technology, that tenaciously bonds to virtually any substrate. It can be applied with a squeegee or troweled onto the surface at a thickness of approximately 20 mils. With the condition of the Elmwood Restaurant floor, Bomanite Micro-Top was perfect for renovating the multiple floor surfaces. Once awarded the project, Musselman & Hall Contractors began working directly with the owners as they were self-performing some of the construction and serving as the construction managers during the renovations.

Knowing that the floor demanded a substantial amount of preparation before the Bomanite Micro-Top could be placed, Musselman & Hall Contractors chose to place a layer of wire lathe over the areas of wood framed flooring, then covered the lathe with Bomanite Repair Mortar. They also used the Bomanite Repair Mortar to level and patch over the remaining area after grinding the surface with 25 grit diamonds. The floor was in such poor condition, the owners were excited just to see the prepped and primed floor without even one coat of Bomanite Micro-Top placed.

Once the surface prep was finally completed, the first base coat of Bomanite Micro-Top (white base) with a Bomanite Shale Gray tint was placed. The surface was primed with Bomanite XP Primer for the first base coat and primed using Bomanite Micro-Top liquid diluted for each following coat. Each base coat was sanded and then thoroughly cleaned. The finish coat was applied with steel trowels to provide some character in the floor. The idea was to emulate the look of a hard-troweled concrete floor. The effect turned out perfectly, pleasing the owners and architect.

The Bomanite Micro-Top floor along with the vertical areas at the entry ramp and stairs were given a final seal with two coats of Bomanite XP Primer FC and then two coats of Bomanite Natural Beauty floor finish. The transition of the floor astounded the other contractors and the owners. Musselman & Hall Contractors helped transition this neighborhood restaurant with Bomanite Decorative Concrete, providing a place for private conversation, relaxation and authentically creative food.

With Bomanite Micro-Top, a wide range of colors can be applied to create uniformity or blended to create variegation in the finish. Bomanite Micro-Top can reduce costly forming and coloring in outdoor treatments. Limitless color combinations and graphic designs can be used to transform damaged existing concrete or other materials into cementitious art forms, without affecting surrounding materials and fixtures. Musselman & Hall Contractors, LLC won the 2018 Best Bomanite Toppings Systems Project Bronze Award for their thoroughness and expertise with renovations of commercial interior flooring.

Bomanite Annual Awards Announced

Bomanite is pleased to present the Annual Decorative Concrete Project Award winners! The Bomanite Company held their Annual Conference in Denver, CO March of this year, where winners of the Bomanite Annual Awards Program were announced at the Annual Banquet Dinner.

Bomanite Licensee Harrington Bomanite Corp. located in Massachusetts received the Bomanite Outstanding Project Grand Award as well as the Best Imprint Systems Gold Award for their winning ideas at the Castaway Island – Canobie Lake Park. The Tidal River project addition of 45,000 sq. ft. was completed with the Bomanite Imprint systems with over 9 color hardeners, 4 Release Agents and 4 different patterns. The detail and work showcased vast talent and design to be able to incorporate a drainage system in the 2 plus acre site that satisfied state and local environmental concerns. The meandering brook concept of stamped concrete stole the show.

Bomel Construction Company Inc. located in Irvine, California stepped away with the Best Exposed Aggregate Gold project for their work on the Banc of California LAFC Stadium. The exterior hardscape incorporated the Bomanite Sandscape Texture and Alloy systems along with a sculpted honeycomb seating element. In all, over 150,000 sq ft of hardscape was installed.

Bomanite Licensee, Colorado Hardscapes, located in Denver, CO, was awarded the Gold Award for the Best Toppings Project for their work at the Coloradan. Breaking the mold of a traditional planter and seat wall surface, Bomanite Micro-Top ST delivered a sand-finished surface that accomplished the original architectural intent.

Heritage Bomanite, located in Fresno, California received the Gold Award for the Best Specialty Project. The grand display of the Clovis Community Hospital Cancer Center Fountain with cascading and bubbling water provides a space of serenity for patients and their visiting family members.

Premier Concrete Construction, Bomanite Licensee located in New Hampshire grabbed a Gold for the Best Grasscrete Project. Their work on the Wendt Residence showcases the sustainability and strength that can be used with the Pervious Concrete System incorporating a backyard area that that can accommodate large delivery vehicles for the Artist/Musicians studio and most important storm water management.

Additional awards 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 for the year. 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.

2018 List of Bomanite Award Winners

Bomanite Previous Concrete Systems Project

  • Gold Award: Premier Concrete Construction, LLC – Wendt Residence Backyard – Grasscrete
  • Silver Award: Premier Concrete Construction, LLC – Robichaud Residence Driveway – Grasscrete

Bomanite Specialty Project

  • Gold Award: Heritage Bomanite – Clovis Community Hospital Cancer Center Fountain – Bomanite Coloration Systems
  • Silver Award: Musselman & Hall Contractors, LLC – Harrisburg High School Logo – Bomanite Exposed Aggregate System Alloy
  • Bronze Award: Concrete Arts – Backyard Resort – Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Systems; Revealed, Bomanite Exposed Aggregate System Antico, Bomanite Imprint Systems, Bomanite Thin-Set Toppings Systems

Bomanite Custom Polishing Systems Project

  • Honorable Mention: Mussleman & Hall Contractors, LLC – Starbucks Brookside – Bomanite Custom Polishing System Modena SL
  • Honorable Mention: Texas Bomanite – Cypress Waters Business Complex – Bomanite Custom Polishing System VitraFlor
  • Honorable Mention: Beyond Concrete – Angelina’s Restaurant – Bomanite Custom Polishing System Modena SL

Bomanite Toppings Systems Project

  • Gold Award: Colorado Hardscapes – The Coloradan Planter Walls – Bomanite Micro-Top ST Toppings Systems
  • Silver Award: Premier Concrete Construction, LLC – Robichaud Residence Hockey Rink – Bomanite Broadcast Aggregate Topping System
  • Bronze Award: Musselman & Hall Contractors, LLC – Elmwood Restaurant – Bomanite Micro-Top Toppings Systems

Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Systems Project

  • Gold Award: Bomel Construction Company, Inc. – Banc of California LAFC Stadium – Bomanite Exposed System Sandscape Texture, Bomanite Exposed Aggregate System Alloy
  • Silver Award: Colorado Hardscapes – 50Fifty DTC – Bomanite Exposed Aggregate System Sandscape Refined
  • Bronze Award: Beyond Concrete – World Trade Center – Bomanite Exposed Aggregate System Alloy

Bomanite Imprint Systems Project

  • Gold Award: Harrington Bomanite Corp. – Castaway Island, Canobie Lake Park – Bomanite Imprint Systems
  • Silver Award: Colorado Hardscapes – Gaylord Rockies Resort – Bomanite Imprint Systems
  • Bronze Award: Connecticut Bomanite Systems –Insurance Co Plaza – Bomanite Imprint Systems

Bomanite Outstanding GRAND AWARD

  • GRAND Award: Harrington Bomanite Corp. – Castaway Island, Canobie Lake Park – Bomanite Imprint Systems

Bomanite Annual Awards Announced

Bomanite is happy to present the Annual Decorative Concrete Project Award winners! The Bomanite Company held their Annual Conference in Fresno, CA this year where winners of the 2017 Awards were announced. Bomanite Licensee Colorado Hardscapes located in Denver, Colorado, received the Grand Award for their outstanding project DELO – Downtown East Louisville. The streetscape was completed with the Bomanite Sandscape Texture system, while seat walls and columns reflected the Sandscape Refined System, the detail and work showcased immense talent and design for this up and coming community.

Colorado Hardscapes DELO project also took a Gold award for the Best Exposed Aggregate Systems Over 12,000 sq. ft. as well as a Gold for their Private Residence exposed aggregate work in the Under 12,000 sq. ft. category.

Bomanite Licensee, Musselman and Hall Contractors, located in Missouri, brought home two Gold Awards. A Gold Award was received for their Bomanite Custom Polishing Systems work for the Cerner Innovation Campus project. Bomanite Integral Color with the Renaissance Custom Polishing system was installed throughout the interior of the building; lobby, corridors, common spaces, dining hall and café. Their project MMGY, a travel marketing firm, earned a Gold with their renovation of an 800-sq. ft. lobby cork floor. The Bomanite Custom Polishing Modena System provided a fast track solution producing a stunning white winning polished concrete floor.

Licensee, Edwards Concrete, located in Winter Garden, Florida, was awarded the Gold Award for the Best Imprint Systems Over 12,000 sq. ft. Project for their work at the Tanger Outlets in Daytona Beach. Breaking the mold of a traditional outlet mall, Tanger Outlets Daytona styling is a combination of beach-industrial and mid-century modern where brand name stores occupy the interior space connected by the decorative concrete outdoor walkways and plaza spaces.

Heritage Bomanite, located in Fresno, California received the Gold Award for the Best Imprint Systems Under 12,000 sq. ft. The grand display of pool decking, cascading waterfall, cabana space, quaint sitting areas with firepits, bocce ball courtyard, state of the art cook’s outdoor kitchen with concrete countertops is a residential backyard entertainment venue for all.

Bulach Custom Rock, Bomanite Licensee located in Minnesota grabbed a Gold for the Best Toppings Systems Project. Their work on the Great Wolf Lodge showcases the mixed designs that can be used with the Bomanite Thin-Set Toppings System incorporating decorative concrete features that work well to simulate flooring that fits with the themed Resort.

Additional awards were given for Silver, Bronze and Technical Mention categories, to view all of the winners and their amazing projects, please see the links below.

We’d like to thank all of our 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 40 years for Bomanite Licensed Contractors to submit their outstanding projects for the year. Bomanite Licensees compete among the best of the best in order 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.

Colorado Hardscapes DELO Downtown East Lousiville Community with Bomanite Sandscape Texture Streetscape Bomel Construction install of Bomanite Revealed Exposed Aggregate at Roberts Pavilion Claremont McKenna College Campus Heitage Bomanite Sandscape Texture Exposed Aggregate Walkway at the Village Courtyard in Fresno California Colorado Hardscapes multi system residential install with Bomanite Sandscape Texture, Bomanite Polished Concrete Interior Floors and Bomanite Grasscrete exterior hardscapes Texas Bomanite installed Revealed and Bomanite Alloy Courtyard at the Link Recreation Center Bomanite of Tulsa created a game winning pool deck at the Hard Rock Casino with Bomanite Exposed Alloy decorative concrete Musselman and Hall pulled out all the stops with replacing a cork floor with a beautiful Bomanite Modena Polished Concrete Office Floor Concrete Arts gave the Inifinite Campus a modern update with Bomanite Modena Polished Concrete floor Colorado Hardscapes breathed new life into the Dairy Block with their installation of the Bomanite Modena Polished Concrete Floor Musselman and Hall provided Cerner Innovations Campus with an integral color polished Concrete Bomanite Renaissance floor Texas Bomanite provided interior polished concrete hallways at the Briscoe Carpenter Livestock Center Premier Concrete Construction created a high gloss reflection for the Derby Line Edwards Bomanite Concrete provided a stamped Bomanite boardwalk pattern for the beach themed Tanger Outlet Daytona Beach Texas Bomanite placed the Bomacron Erosion series shifting sand with Bomanite Sandscape Texture to create a pool deck worthy of the Hilton Anatole Hotel Heritage Bomanite created an entertainment venue with this residential backyard decorative concrete walkways, pool decks and cabana Bomanite Toronto Private Residence Stamped Concrete Driveway, Steps and porch Shepherds Construction designed a private residence stamped concrete backyard Bulach Custom Rock used multi Bomacron imprinted concrete for the Great Wolf Lodge Minnesota Colorado Hardscapes created a Bomanite Toppings System overlay for the Bellevue Block B with Bomanite Micro-Top