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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.

 

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.

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.

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 Creates Transformational Hardscape with Bomanite Sandscape Texture

Bomanite Sandscape Texture provides Rolla residents with a distinct decorative concrete median as part of their realignment of University Drive.One of the key projects of the Move Rolla Transportation Development District included the realignment of University Drive.  Rolla, Missouri residents have consistently rated transportation, specifically congestion relief, as the top focus of City efforts over the last 18 years.  This realignment addressed their long-time concerns by realigning University Drive to a new arrival district area for Phelps Health and Missouri S&T.  Providing this multimodal transportation network for Rolla’s primary transportation routes was imperative to improve mobility and safety, to connect major activity centers, maximize economic development opportunities, and to provide aesthetic improvements that create a sense of place for Rolla residents.

Bomanite Sandscape Texture Provides Durable and Decorative Detail

Bomanite Sandscape Texture provides Rolla residents with a distinct decorative concrete median as part of their realignment of University Drive.

 

Included in this project was the construction of a large roundabout with 15,000 SF of decorative median islands.  The addition of the roundabout helps to ease traffic by diverting vehicles away from the City’s other two interstate exits and creates a new front door to the Missouri S&T campus.  Bomanite Licensee Musselman & Hall Contractors was enlisted to install the decorative concrete median islands and utilized Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Systems for their installation.  Bomanite Sandscape Texture was installed with Bomanite Brownstone Integral Color and Bomanite Color Hardener in Rattan.

Bomanite Sandscape Texture provides Rolla residents with a distinct decorative concrete median as part of their realignment of University Drive.

 

Musselman & Hall placed the integrally colored concrete paving and then broadcast the color hardener.  They created a custom 15-inch hexagon template that was used to sandblast the color hardener from the surface.  This was done in a very specific pattern that was illustrated by the design team to achieve a two-tone design, further emphasizing the pattern, and highlighting the distinct textural detail.  Because of the complexity of design, this process required extreme attention to detail and the sandblasting process alone took two weeks to complete.

 

Musselman and Hall’s Meticulous Workmanship Takes the Spotlight

Bomanite Sandscape Texture provides Rolla residents with a distinct decorative concrete median as part of their realignment of University Drive.

 

The Musselman & Hall team brings a unique approach to concrete installation, making them the perfect partner for this truly unique project.  With an extremely high level of detail, this installation required diligent and meticulous workmanship.  Sandblasting the linear hexagon pattern around the oblong roundabout island was a huge challenge as each hexagon had to be exact for the design to meet up all the way around and not show misalignment at any point.

 

Award Winning Decorative Concrete

Bomanite Sandscape Texture provides Rolla residents with a distinct decorative concrete median as part of their realignment of University Drive.

 

The result is seamless, showcasing the attention to detail and precision that Musselman & Hall is well known for while highlighting a beautifully designed and executed decorative concrete installation.  Musselman and Hall was awarded the 2022 Gold Award for Best Bomanite Specialty Project and the striking feature they created not only provides a safe and convenient transportation environment but also creates a sense of place for the community to enjoy and appreciate.

 

Bomanite Sandscape Texture provides Rolla residents a decorative concrete median on University Drive. ` Bomanite Sandscape Texture provides Rolla residents a decorative concrete median on University Drive. ` Bomanite Sandscape Texture provides Rolla residents a decorative concrete median on University Drive.

Colorado Hardscapes Expertly Executes Award-Winning Bomanite Sandscape Installation

Lone Rock Retreat in Bailey, CO, showcases a stunning installation of Bomanite Sandscape decorative concrete that was expertly installed by Colorado Hardscapes.Lone Rock Foundation is a non-profit philanthropic organization that supports the public non-profit education ecosystem throughout the United States.  Lone Rock Retreat is their educational resort in Bailey, Colorado that was designed for the educational community.  The Lone Rock Retreat campus offers a combination of educational training facilities, a wellness center, and a lodge that serves as the centerpiece of the property.  These facilities are supported by 60 cabins on a 7-acre campus and a multitude of food options that are curated by their in-house culinary team.  Lone Rock Retreat strives to allow individuals to reflect, reconnect, and reenergize.  They provide an inspiring environment that nurtures and challenges leaders to have the imagination and stamina to transform public education and continue to make positive changes within the communities they serve.

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

Lone Rock Retreat in Bailey, CO, showcases a stunning installation of Bomanite Sandscape decorative concrete that was expertly installed by Colorado Hardscapes.Teaming up with Hyder Construction, OZ Architecture, and Confluence, Bomanite Licensee Colorado Hardscapes originally joined the Lone Rock Retreat project as a rammed-earth builder.  They earned continued trust across an ever-expanding package of scopes as the project unfolded, making them the trade-partner of choice.  Colorado Hardscapes performed almost every service they offer including walls, flatwork, pools, floors, staining, and caulking.

In all, Colorado Hardscapes placed 5,645 SF of uncolored Bomanite Sandscape, a premium sand-finish from the Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Systems collection, a stained Bomanite Sandscape labyrinth, an 8-foot tall, specialized board-formed wall, 1,458 SF of deep-grind polished concrete floors, three spas, and a plunge pool.  All flatwork installed on this project also incorporates radiant heat snowmelt systems.

Bomanite Sandscape is Product of Choice

Lone Rock Retreat in Bailey, CO, showcases a stunning installation of Bomanite Sandscape decorative concrete that was expertly installed by Colorado Hardscapes.

 

 

Although Colorado Hardscapes was not originally called to install the pool deck, plazas, and sidewalks, it made sense for them to perform the work because they already had a presence on site and Hyder, OZ, and Confluence knew the high quality of work that would be performed.  On areas specified as concrete pavers, Colorado Hardscapes asked the team to consider a Bomanite Sandscape finish with narrowly spaced, linear decorative sawcuts, which they quickly approved.

Lone Rock Retreat in Bailey, CO, showcases a stunning installation of Bomanite Sandscape decorative concrete that was expertly installed by Colorado Hardscapes.

 

 

 

The labyrinth was originally specified to be installed by Colorado Hardscapes because of the intricate staining and outlining sawcuts.  The execution of this project required a lot of effort to ensure the sawcut lines maintained a parallel and symmetrical shape and resulted in an impressive and beautiful final product.

 

Licensee Expertise Equates to Award Winning Decorative Concrete

Lone Rock Retreat in Bailey, CO, showcases a stunning installation of Bomanite Sandscape decorative concrete that was expertly installed by Colorado Hardscapes.

 

Hyder, OZ, and especially Confluence deferred to Colorado Hardscapes many times for their expertise during the planning and execution of the hardscape portions of this project.  Their confidence allowed Colorado Hardscapes to do what they do best.  Moreover, as a Bomanite licensed contractor, Colorado Hardscapes had a recognized skillset and the confidence to suggest better hardscape options and technical solutions for the project.

Lone Rock Retreat in Bailey, CO, showcases a stunning installation of Bomanite Sandscape decorative concrete that was expertly installed by Colorado Hardscapes.

 

 

According to Ron Pilcher with Lone Rock Foundation, “The Lone Rock Foundation enthusiastically endorses Colorado Hardscapes for their well-executed decorative hardscaping features, including decorative walls (Rammed Earth and Board Form), spa work, specialty flatwork, and an intricately stained labyrinth.  It was a pleasure working with their team as they are experienced, professional, and responsive to all questions or concerns we had throughout the construction process.  Moreover, their craftsmanship is extremely detailed – they take great care in making sure each project is completed with excellence.  I highly recommend Colorado Hardscapes to anyone looking for a team of skilled professionals to bring their vision to life.”

Lone Rock Retreat in Bailey, CO, showcases a stunning installation of Bomanite Sandscape decorative concrete that was expertly installed by Colorado Hardscapes.

 

 

Despite the extremely high-risk site, Colorado Hardscapes did not record any lost time, even when dealing with rocky, slippery terrain, mountain weather, high scaffolding, and of course, COVID-19.  Ron said it best, Colorado Hardscapes takes great care in making sure each project is completed with excellence.  Their diligence, attention to detail, and exceptional quality work helped set the stage for Lone Rock Foundation, providing an inspiring environment, and earning them the 2022 Bronze Award for Best Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Systems Project.  Lone Rock Retreat provides a space for community, one where inspiration, aspiration, and collaboration transpire so that generations of teachers can continue to make positive changes and enrich the education of children across America.

Lone Rock Retreat in Bailey, CO, showcases a stunning installation of Bomanite Sandscape decorative concrete that was expertly installed by Colorado Hardscapes.

Connecticut Bomanite Bestowed Award for School Project

Bomanite Sandscape Texture decorative concrete is used to create plank effect in renovation at Chamberlain Elementary by Connecticut Bomanite.A K-5 school that enrolls 83% economically disadvantaged students, Chamberlain Elementary in New Britain, CT, has completed a stunning $55 million renovation that has the students exited to go to school every day.  It’s not just about the curriculum, nor the quality of the teaching staff, but the overall ambiance and esthetics of a school can create a conducive atmosphere to make young minds more eager to learn.  Connecticut Bomanite Systems, as part of the renovation, was contracted by the main contractor, Mather Construction, to build two front entries, three patios, and a stepped seating area, all in decorative concrete.

 

Planks Lead to Learning

Bomanite Sandscape Texture decorative concrete is used to create plank effect in renovation at Chamberlain Elementary by Connecticut Bomanite.The architect at Kaestle Boos Associates, Inc., had a firm idea of what he wanted as the final outcome.  He wanted a “plank” layout, and based on that, Connecticut Bomanite guided him towards Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Systems using Bomanite Sandscape® Texture.  To achieve the plank layout, Connecticut Bomanite made the control sawcut layout 10’ by 10’ and the remainder of the sawcuts were decorative.  The “planks” were colored with Walnut Bomanite ConColor.  The surrounding decorative concrete used Bomanite Integral color Travertine Beige.  A consistent and very eye-pleasing look and feel was achieved throughout the entire installation.

Bomanite Sandscape® Solution Satisfies Specs

Bomanite Sandscape Texture decorative concrete is used to create plank effect in renovation at Chamberlain Elementary by Connecticut Bomanite.

 

Where an alternate to a conventional concrete finish is required, Bomanite Sandscape® Texture is designed for outdoor applications.  Bomanite Sandscape Texture resembles very evenly sand blasted concrete and can incorporate specialized colored sands and/or aggregates exceeding 3/8” diameter, utilizing specialized mix designs, additives, topical treatments, and advanced application procedures.   The finish is an economical alternate to other decorative concrete finishes while producing a monolithic concrete slab at low life-cycle cost due to the pre-aged nature of the surface.  Used in combination with a variety of color and staining options, Bomanite Sandscape Texture creates consistent texture and durable hardscapes ideal for plazas, walkways, shopping centers, schools and more—anywhere improved wear resistance for light-to-moderate-duty vehicular or foot traffic is necessary.  These highly durable surfaces are available in a multitude of standard and custom options, including light-reflective formulations that reduce heat island effect.   The architectural decorative concrete design possibilities are endless, and only limited by your imagination.

Bomanite Sandscape Texture decorative concrete is used to create plank effect in renovation at Chamberlain Elementary by Connecticut Bomanite.

 

Bomanite Sandscape Texture is also available in the “Refined” Series.  Similar in design to conventional Sandscape, the Refined Series is based on the exposure of fine quartz aggregates 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.

Award Winning Decorative Concrete

Bomanite Sandscape Texture decorative concrete is used to create plank effect in renovation at Chamberlain Elementary by Connecticut Bomanite.For this project, Connecticut Bomanite Systems received the 2022 Honorable Mention Award for Best Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Systems Project.  Stakeholders, community leaders, community families and their children were very pleased with the decorative concrete created by these innovative creative craftsmen.  Connecticut Bomanite has long been known for its resolute commitment to quality and mastering the technical aspects of architectural concrete.  Chamberlain Elementary School can enjoy the benefits of this project long after this current batch of students graduates and have children of their own.

Bomanite Sandscape Texture decorative concrete is used to create plank effect in renovation at Chamberlain Elementary by Connecticut Bomanite.

Bomanite 2022 Annual Awards to Decorative Concrete Craftsmen

An air of anticipation filled the room at the Bomanite Annual Awards for 2022 Bomanite Decorative Concrete Projects, held last week in Houston, TX.  The Bomanite Licensee concrete craftsmen and artisans gather annually to learn hands on new trade techniques, new Bomanite products, business strategies, and exchange ideas and tips with Bomanite Licensees from everywhere.  However, the culmination of all that hard work, camaraderie, and new knowledge is the awards presentations.

With a vast knowledge and years of experience, these Bomanite Concrete Craftsmen define decorative concrete.  Strong.  Durable.  Artistic.  Creative.  Bomanite Licensees work on anywhere from multimillion-dollar commercial projects to affordable residential housing, new builds, and improvements, and everything in between.

Musselman and Hall installed Bomanite Revealed at Omaha Riverfront Revitalization project in Omaha, NE, garnering the GRAND AWARD at the Bomanite Decorative Concrete Awards.Musselman and Hall Contractors, LLC received the 2022 GRAND AWARD for Best Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Systems Project for their exceptionally challenging project at the Omaha Riverfront Revitalization in Omaha, NE.  The daunting challenge for this project was the degree of difficulty using our Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Systems and 8,200 SF of Bomanite Revealed bonded overlay over existing walls and stairs to reconstruct three urban parks along the riverfront.  Dan Kroesen of Musselman and Hall Contractors said, “This project challenged us to think and work creatively to build a project we take great pride in.”

Musselman and Hall installed Bomanite Renaissance at the MCPL Green Hills project in Kansas City, MO, capturing the Gold Award at the Bomanite Decorative Concrete Awards.Musselman and Hall Contractors, LLC also captured the 2022 Gold Award for Best Bomanite Custom Polishing Systems Project for MCPL Green Hills located in Kansas City, MO.  They exceed the goal of this project which was to create a seamless design between the interior Cafe and the outdoor patio.  That concept ultimately resulted in a cast-in-place bench that is bisected by a glass curtain wall separating the Café from the exterior patio.  Using Bomanite Renaissance, with deep grind, they placed and polished 2,200 SF of flooring in the Library Café and installed an 1,800 SF patio outside to match the aesthetics of the interior flooring.

Musselman and Hall installed Bomanite Sandscape® Texture with Sandblasting at Rolla University Drive Realignment in Rolla, MO, gets the Gold Award at the Bomanite Decorative Concrete Awards.And to top off their trifecta of awards, Musselman and Hall Contractors, LLC received the 2022 Gold Award for Best Bomanite Specialty Project for Rolla University Drive Realignment in Rolla, MO.  Using Bomanite Sandscape® Texture they constructed a large 15,000 SF oblong roundabout decorative concrete island.  They then created a 15” hexagon template to Sandblast the color hardener from the surface in a very specific pattern.  The Sandblasting alone took two weeks and required a high level of detail and workmanship to Sandblast the linear hexagon pattern around an oblong roundabout without misalignment of ending and stopping points.

Heritage Bomanite installed Bomanite Patène Artectura at NX Restaurant in Fresno, CA, taking home the Gold Award at the Bomanite Decorative Concrete Awards.Heritage Bomanite took home the 2022 Gold Award for Best Bomanite Toppings Systems Project for NX Restaurant in Fresno, CA.  Utilizing the Bomanite Patène Artectura System, they created very intricate interior flooring consisting of 2,865 SF of custom color and brass terrazzo strips installed with incredible accuracy to make them look like continuous lengths.  Polishing was completed once an artist had applied the concrete stain to create the ocean effect of waves lapping onto a sandy beach.

Carolina Bomanite installed Bomanite Imprint Systems at Wilson Center for Nature at Grandfather Mountain in Linville, NC, earned the Gold Award at the Bomanite Decorative Concrete Awards.Carolina Bomanite Corporation earned the 2022 Gold Award for Best Bomanite Imprint Systems Project for Wilson Center for Nature at Grandfather Mountain in Linville, NC.  This popular tourist destination is located about halfway up Grandfather Mountain and the project doubled the size of the original Nature Museum.  The installation began in the early spring and was on a tight schedule for completion before the tourist season beginning in early summer.  The crew often encountered fog, sleet, snow, freezing rain and bright sunshine all in the same day.  The pattern chosen was Slate Texture and the project also highlights Custom Patterns of Deer, Racoon, Bear, Eagle, and Turkey Prints.

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 only be achieved by the Bomanite Licensee network of decorative concrete craftsmen.  Additional awards were given for Silver, Bronze, and Honorable Mention categories.

2022 List of Bomanite Award Winners

Bomanite Imprint Systems

  • BRONZE: Bomanite of Tulsa, Inc. – TTC Lemley Phase III Entry Package – Oklahoma – Bomacron Pattern: 6” x 6” Granite Setts
  • SILVER: Concrete Arts – Private Residence – Wisconsin – Bomacron Pattern: Step Faces: Custom Form Liner; Flat Areas: Regular Slate
  • GOLD: Carolina Bomanite Corporation – Wilson Center for Nature at Grandfather Mountain – North Carolina – Bomacron Pattern: Slate Texture,
    Custom – Deer, Racoon, Bear, Eagle, and Turkey Prints

 

Bomanite Toppings Systems

  • BRONZE: Jeffco Concrete Contractors, Inc. – Pelham High School – Alabama – Bomanite Toppings Systems – Micro-Top
  • SILVER: Heritage Bomanite – Private Residence – California – Bomanite Toppings Systems – Micro-Top
  • GOLD: Heritage Bomanite – NX Restaurant – California – Bomanite Patène Artectura Systems

Bomanite Specialty Project

  • BRONZE: Heritage Bomanite – Clovis Community Hospital Bedtower Fountain – California – Bomanite Specialty Project – Specialty Walls
  • SILVER: Stephens & Smith Construction Co., Inc. – Behind Bars – Nebraska– Bomanite Specialty Project – System: Micro-Top
  • GOLD: Musselman & Hall Contractors – Rolla University Drive Realignment – Missouri – Bomanite Specialty Project – Bomanite Sandscape with Sandblast

 

Bomanite Custom Polishing Systems

  • HONORABLE MENTION: Texas Bomanite – The Epic Phase II – Texas – Bomanite Custom Polishing Systems – Patène Teres
  • BRONZE: Texas Bomanite – Hines at the Stack – Texas – Bomanite Custom Polishing Systems – Patène Teres, VitraFlor
  • SILVER: Premier Concrete Construction, LLC – 100 Forge – Massachusetts – Bomanite Custom Polishing Systems – Modena TGE
  • GOLD: Musselman & Hall Contractors – MCPL Green Hills – Missouri – Bomanite Custom Polishing Systems – Renaissance

 

Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Systems

  • HONORABLE MENTION: Connecticut Bomanite Systems – Chamberlain Elementary School – Connecticut – Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Systems – Sandscape
  • BRONZE: Colorado Hardscapes — Lone Rock Retreat – Colorado – Bomanite Exposed Aggregates Systems – Sandscape
  • SILVER: Colorado Hardscapes – Republic Plaza – Colorado – Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Systems – Sandscape Refined
  • GRAND AWARD:  Musselman & Hall Contractors, LLC – Omaha Riverfront Revitalization – Nebraska – Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Systems – Revealed

 

Colorado Hardscapes Collaborates to Create Bomanite Micro-Top XT Work of Art

The RYE SoBo apartment complex boasts a beautiful Bomanite Micro-Top XT artistic display as well as Bomanite Sandscape Texture decorative concrete sidewalks.

 

 

The RYE SoBo apartment complex in Denver’s South Broadway Park neighborhood offers relaxed, sophisticated living with distinctive design and uniquely personal features.  RYE SoBo is a community of convenience, and a residency here includes modern amenities and contemporary conveniences like a beer garden, resort-inspired pool, athletic training center, electric car charging stations, a rooftop dog park and pet spa, and a co-working venue.

The RYE SoBo apartment complex boasts a beautiful Bomanite Micro-Top XT artistic display as well as Bomanite Sandscape Texture decorative concrete sidewalks.

 

 

 

RYE SoBo is perfectly located for urban adventure and provides a communal environment where active lifestyles blend together seamlessly – eclectic dives and shops, unique cafes and restaurants, bookstores, live music venues, and much more are at your fingertips.  The distinct aesthetic and inspired vibes carry throughout the complex and neighborhood with thoughtful design and modern architectural features.

Bomanite Systems Equate to Installation Success

The RYE SoBo apartment complex boasts a beautiful Bomanite Micro-Top XT artistic display as well as Bomanite Sandscape Texture decorative concrete sidewalks.The RYE SoBo apartment complex incorporates 2,800 SF of decorative flatwork and 8,400 SF of uncolored sidewalks that were installed by Bomanite Licensee Colorado Hardscapes.  Included in these installations were Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Systems and Bomanite Toppings Systems.  Working with Price Design Group as the general contractor and BrightView as the landscape architect, Colorado Hardscapes integrated a specialty scoring pattern into the Bomanite Sandscape Texture sidewalks around the building and achieved the different colors using Bomanite Con-Color in Cobblestone and French Gray.  Bomanite Sandscape Texture decorative concrete was an optimal application for this installation to provide added durability while inserting a decorative element that blends well with the artistic nature of Broadway Park.

The RYE SoBo apartment complex boasts a beautiful Bomanite Micro-Top XT artistic display as well as Bomanite Sandscape Texture decorative concrete sidewalks.Bomanite Micro Top-XT is one of Bomanite’s Toppings System applications and has extraordinary adhesion properties and the ability to withstand prolonged pedestrian and vehicular traffic, while also providing a tough, water-retardant coating that made it perfect for this installation.  On the northeast side of the RYE SoBo Apartments, Colorado Hardscapes placed 300 SF of custom colored Bomanite Micro-Top XT in a pattern created by prominent Colorado artist, Clark Richert.  Known primarily for his large, geometrically patterned paintings, Richert derived his work through investigation of five-fold symmetry and quasi-crystal patterns found both in nature and theoretical mathematics.  With 15 different colors in the design, placing each color was laborious and tedious, but perfectly executed by the Colorado Hardscapes team.  Each color is surrounded by a saw cut to accentuate the crisp lines and enhance the dimensionality of the art piece.

Bomanite Micro-Top XT portrays a stunning design that was created by prominent Colorado Artist Clark Richert, who was known primarily for his large, geometrically patterned paintingsYou can see this beautiful work of art in person off Alameda in the alleyway between Bannock Street and Cherokee Street in Denver’s South Broadway neighborhood.  Richert originally wanted to use embedded mosaic tiles in concrete to create his piece, but once he saw how vivid and solid Bomanite MicroTop-XT could make each section, it was absolute that Colorado Hardscapes would employ this application instead.  Projects like this are where Bomanite products really shine, allowing the RYE SoBo apartment complex to showcase Richert’s iconic art while enhancing the iconic energy and inspired vibes of the area.

Award Winning Decorative Concrete

The RYE SoBo apartment complex boasts a beautiful Bomanite Micro-Top XT artistic display as well as Bomanite Sandscape Texture decorative concrete sidewalks.Colored, stamped, etched, or sandblasted, today’s architectural concrete is limited only by the imagination.  Colorado Hardscapes is a national leader in decorative concrete innovation, offering premium quality and lifelong durability in their finished products.  Their collaboration with late artist, Clark Richert led them to create a work of art for the RYE SoBo apartment complex, earning them the 2021 Best Bomanite Toppings Project Gold Award for their Bomanite Micro-Top XT installation.  Superior service, successful execution, and unbeatable results time and time again are what make Colorado Hardscapes the Front Range’s premier decorative concrete contractor.

The RYE SoBo apartment complex boasts a beautiful Bomanite Micro-Top XT artistic display as well as Bomanite Sandscape Texture decorative concrete sidewalks.

Heritage Bomanite Adds Safety and Stylish Design with Bomanite Sandscape® Texture

Heritage Bomanite added safety and stylish design to the Maravillosa senior living complex by installing Bomanite Sandscape Texture for the pool deck and patio area.Maravillosa at Campus Pointe is a luxury senior apartment community in Fresno, California.  This breathtaking retirement community is located in the heart of the city with nearby shopping, amazing restaurants, a movie theater, coffee shops, and the local farmer’s market.  The pet-friendly apartment community is also close to local parks for both dog and owner to enjoy.

Heritage Bomanite added safety and stylish design to the Maravillosa senior living complex by installing Bomanite Sandscape Texture for the pool deck and patio area.Maravillosa is an active adult community with conveniences that are curated for the residents including a community garden, game room, library, and an outdoor pool area for swimming and lounging.  Heritage Bomanite was enlisted to carry out the owner’s vision for the outdoor pool deck and patio and provide a relaxed, elegant space for the residents to enjoy year-round, utilizing Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Systems for the installation.

Safety Features and Stylish Design

Heritage Bomanite added safety and stylish design to the Maravillosa senior living complex by installing Bomanite Sandscape Texture for the pool deck and patio area.Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Systems offer a variety of modernized mixes and an unlimited palette of colors, textures, and aggregate options to choose from.  Bomanite Sandscape® Texture decorative concrete was installed to create the pool deck and patio and was specifically picked in place of flagstone pavers to create a consistent paving surface while providing cost savings and a high-quality finish.  Sandscape® Texture by Bomanite is designed for outdoor applications, making it the ideal choice for the pool deck area at Maravillosa because it will provide increased surface and slip resistance for pool-side patrons and their guests.

Design Collaboration Equates to Design Success

Heritage Bomanite added safety and stylish design to the Maravillosa senior living complex by installing Bomanite Sandscape Texture for the pool deck and patio area.Heritage Bomanite worked closely with Wallace & Smith General Contractors and project designer Broussard Associates Landscape Architects to create a superior hardscape surface that would be cost-effective while providing extreme durability and safety for the residents.  Bomanite Sandscape® Texture is a tried-and-true favorite for both Heritage Bomanite and the project designer and to take the design to the next level, intricate sawcuts were incorporated into the flatwork design.  This feature perfectly enhances the stylish, sophisticated aesthetic across the Maravillosa grounds, adding decorative detail and providing another elegant element of design.

Award Winning Decorative Concrete

Heritage Bomanite added safety and stylish design to the Maravillosa senior living complex by installing Bomanite Sandscape Texture for the pool deck and patio area.Heritage Bomanite has developed a reputation for high quality, excellent customer service and superior product design and installation.  They strive to provide the very highest level of quality installation, which is beautifully showcased at Maravillosa Senior Living, and earned them the 2021 Honorable Mention Award for Best Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Systems Project.  Their top-quality service and support combined with their detailed installation resulted in a stunning pool deck and patio that complements the exterior aesthetic and will provide safety and sophisticated style for the Maravillosa residents.