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Musselman & Hall Masterfully Modernizes Lee’s Summit High School with Bomanite Belcolore

Bomanite Belcolore decorative concrete installed at Lee’s Summit High School, MO, by Musselman & Hall Contractors.

 

In Lee’s Summit, MO, Lee’s Summit High School underwent an $80 million dollar renovation.  The 60,000 SF expansion featured a new centralized media center, outdoor learning spaces, and an extensive transformation of the façade as well as the existing classrooms and public spaces.  The total duration of project construction took approximately two years to complete.  JE Dunn was chosen as the main contractor and Multistudio was chosen as the Project Designer.  Musselman & Hall Contractors, LLC was selected to execute the architectural vision of decorative concrete which consisted of an expansive installation of Bomanite Belcolore system throughout the public spaces and thoroughfares.  The project also utilized precast stair elements with monolithic tread and riser matching the flooring.  The stakeholders chose Bomanite Charcoal Gray color hardened polished floors and precast treads.  Installing the Belcolore finish on a large scale as well as in the precast treads were both charting in new territory not just for Musselman & Hall, but seemingly anywhere.

Bomanite Belcolore decorative concrete installed at Lee’s Summit High School, MO, by Musselman & Hall Contractors.The treads were doubly challenging with the monolithic battered riser.  They were poured upside down into the forms by first spraying a ¼” thick coat of concentrated color hardener mixed with water and other admixtures using a hopper gun.  Then back built with a lightweight aggregate concrete mix. The floors were poured as a 3″ thick topping slab.  Musselman & Hall placed a standard floor mix and roughly floated.  Then once the slab had set enough to allow their concrete craftsmen to get on it without sinking, they spread a pound and a half of color hardener per square foot.  When the hardener had soaked through, from the slab moisture, they worked it to a cream with 4-foot pan walk behind power trowels.  Eventually they switched to combo blades to get the final finish desired.  After the slabs were cured out and phasing allowed, they gave the floors a fairly standard paste polish with only minor accommodations made for the color hardened surface.  The project was in numerous phases and stretched from Nov 2021 to July 2023.  Some of the stair treads were cast and stored for over a year before installed.

Bomanite Belcolore Bold Breakthrough in Concrete Coloring

Bomanite Belcolore decorative concrete installed at Lee’s Summit High School, MO, by Musselman & Hall Contractors.The Bomanite Belcolore system, part of the Bomanite Custom Polishing Systems, is revolutionizing the way decorative concrete surfaces are finished and maintained in both new constructions and major renovations. This innovative system utilizes Bomanite Color Hardener, which is applied directly onto the surface of freshly placed concrete.  The Color Hardener is evenly distributed over the surface and then expertly troweled, akin to the traditional finishing of concrete.  This method not only ensures a uniform color distribution but also enhances the surface’s durability.  Once the concrete has cured, it undergoes a paste polishing process to achieve the desired gloss level, followed by treatment according to the standard Bomanite VitraFlor System. This approach eliminates the need for topically applied dyes or stains, offering a more robust and long-lasting finish.  The final product is a high-gloss, abrasion-resistant surface that is distinguished for its beauty and durability.

Bomanite Belcolore decorative concrete installed at Lee’s Summit High School, MO, by Musselman & Hall Contractors.

 

One of the standout features of the Bomanite Belcolore system is its superior abrasion resistance, which makes it ideal for high-traffic areas where longevity is key.  The range of color options available with the Bomanite Color Hardener is significantly broader than those offered by integrally colored concrete, allowing for customization and versatility in design.  This vast variety ensures that each project can achieve a unique aesthetic without sacrificing the structural integrity of the concrete.  Furthermore, the Bomanite Belcolore system is specifically designed for environments undergoing significant transformations, such as new buildings or extensive refurbishments, where a reliable and effective flooring solution is critical.  By integrating the color during the concrete’s initial placement and finishing stages, the system also streamlines the construction process, reducing additional steps and materials typically involved in achieving such high-quality results.

Bomanite Belcolore decorative concrete installed at Lee’s Summit High School, MO, by Musselman & Hall Contractors.

 

The application of the Bomanite Belcolore system offers numerous advantages for architects and builders looking to incorporate durable, architecturally pleasing decorative concrete surfaces in their projects.  Not only does the system provide a wide array of vibrant, intense color choices, but it also contributes to a more sustainable construction practice by eliminating the need for frequent repairs or replacements.  This method aligns with modern construction standards that prioritize both aesthetic appeal and environmental sustainability.  The ease of maintenance and the enduring quality of the finishes ensure that the installations remain attractive and functional for years to come.  As more construction and renovation projects seek innovative solutions that combine form and function, the Bomanite Belcolore system stands out as a leading choice for achieving superior, polished decorative concrete surfaces.

Award Winning Decorative Concrete

Bomanite Belcolore decorative concrete installed at Lee’s Summit High School, MO, by Musselman & Hall Contractors.Musselman & Hall Contractors, LLC was awarded the 2023 Best Bomanite Custom Polishing Systems Project GOLD Award.  The project planners and architects collaborated closely with Musselman & Hall, experts in decorative concrete applications, to ensure the material’s optimal use throughout the school’s hardscape, where durability meets design.  This partnership has facilitated a tailored approach, adapting the unique properties of Bomanite Belcolore to meet the specific needs of Lee’s Summit High School.  The installation process itself was a painstaking operation, focusing on achieving high-quality finishes that are both functional and visually appealing.  Musselman & Hall’s meticulous attention to detail guarantees that the renovated areas will stand the test of time while enhancing the overall educational experience.

Bomanite Belcolore decorative concrete installed at Lee’s Summit High School, MO, by Musselman & Hall Contractors.

Texas Bomanite Transforms Texas Bankers Association Flooring

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

From Piece of Tile To Total Project

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

Project Presented Complex Challenges

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

 

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

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

Two Bomanite Systems Sustain Design Concept

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

Award Winning Decorative Concrete

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

Project Specs Not Size Dictate Difficulty

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

 

 

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

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

 

 

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

Enhancing Outdoor Spaces with Bomanite Sandscape® Texture

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

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

Compassionate Creative Concrete Design

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

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

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

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

Two-Phase Pour Precision and Expertise

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

 

Durability Meets Design

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

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

Musselman and Hall Lay Lavendar Concrete Ribbon

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

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

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

Bomanite Revealed Raises Result Standard

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

Musselman and Hall installed Bomanite Revealed decorative concrete at Mosaic Life Care Center Ribbon Pavilion.The final product is unique alternate to other decorative concrete finishes while producing a monolithic concrete slab with a low life cycle cost due to the pre-aged nature of the surface.  Bomanite Revealed is suited for exterior applications—anywhere that improved wear resistance for light to moderate-duty vehicular or foot traffic combined with an architectural finish is necessary.  Due to the use of the Bomanite Revealed binder, these highly durable surfaces are available in a multitude of standard and custom options, including cost effective light-reflective formulations that will not require the use of white cement to reduce heat island effect.  Bomanite Revealed is intended for both new construction and major renovation projects.  Topically applied products such as Bomanite Con-Color and Bomanite Chemical Stain are compatible with Bomanite Revealed.

 

Musselman and Hall Takes Time Essential for Excellence

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

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

Texas Bomanite Transforms Two Elementary Schools

Buildings have a life span, but more importantly they often have an earlier shelf life, as was the case for two elementary schools in Central Texas.  The Del Valle ISD (Independent School District) is a public educational district located in the Del Valle area, which is an unincorporated part of Travis County, TX.  This district provides educational services to a significant portion of southeast Travis County.  The district encompasses several incorporated communities, including Creedmoor, Webberville, the majority of Mustang Ridge, and some sections of Austin.  In conjunction with the 2019 voter approved Bond proposition, and an architecture schematic subsequently created by Pfluger Architects, Del Valle ISD contracted American Constructors as the General Contractor to demolish and replace two of the district’s oldest campuses, Hornsby-Dunlap Elementary and Smith Elementary.  American Constructors selected Texas Bomanite to install the decorative concrete in both schools.

 

Texas Bomanite installed Bomanite VitraFlor decorative concrete at Hornsby-Dunlap Elementary in suburbs of Austin, TX.
Hornsby-Dunlap Elementary
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Texas Bomanite installed Bomanite VitraFlor decorative concrete at Smith Elementary in suburbs of Austin, TX.
Smith Elementary

 

Texas Bomanite was asked by American Constructors to provide over 70,000 SF of Diamond Polished, Dyed, and stamped concrete throughout the elementary school for each of the schools.  The project scope and timeline took three months to complete and included an initial mockup for each school prior to installation, 1500 grit polished concrete with Salt and Pepper aggregate exposure, a dyed concrete geometric design throughout the floors, and a school logo unique to each school.  The colors used for the geometric floor design were Sweet Potato, Black Orchid, Pineapple, Blueberry, Pine Green, and Turquoise.  The decorative concrete chosen for both of the installations were Bomanite Custom Polishing Systems using Bomanite VitraFlor and Bomanite Patène Teres, Bomanite Toppings Systems using Bomanite Patène Artectura, and Bomanite Imprint Systems.

 

Texas Bomanite installed Bomanite VitraFlor decorative concrete at Hornsby-Dunlap Elementary in suburbs of Austin, TX.
Hornsby-Dunlap Elementary
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Texas Bomanite installed Bomanite VitraFlor decorative concrete at Smith Elementary in suburbs of Austin, TX.
Smith Elementary

Many Systems Many Satisfied Stakeholders

The Bomanite Custom Polishing System’s patented technology, when combined with Bomanite’s renowned color and craftsmanship, results in the finest concrete floor finish in the industry.  The process involves a polish that chemically bonds with the concrete, locking in the color, while the mechanical application seals the surface, preventing contaminants from penetrating.  One application, permanent results.  Lustrous color, protected by a tight, beautiful sheen.

 

Texas Bomanite installed Bomanite VitraFlor decorative concrete at Hornsby-Dunlap Elementary in suburbs of Austin, TX.
Hornsby-Dunlap Elementary
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Texas Bomanite installed Bomanite VitraFlor decorative concrete at Smith Elementary in suburbs of Austin, TX.
Smith Elementary

 

The Bomanite Custom Polishing System is offered in a range of finishes, from satin to gloss, and provides outstanding slip, abrasion, and impact resistance.  Surfaces treated with this system are also water and oil-repellent, as well as dust-proof.  Unlike coatings with a limited lifespan, this finish does not necessitate replacement, recoating, or waxing.  Its application is safe for the environment, being non-toxic, non-flammable, and odorless.  Additionally, maintaining the surface’s shine is easy with routine cleaning, making it user-friendly.

 

Texas Bomanite installed Bomanite VitraFlor decorative concrete at Hornsby-Dunlap Elementary in suburbs of Austin, TX.
Hornsby-Dunlap Elementary
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Texas Bomanite installed Bomanite VitraFlor decorative concrete at Smith Elementary in suburbs of Austin, TX.
Smith Elementary

 

The Bomanite Custom Polishing System VitraFlor, even when applied to gray concrete, can yield remarkable results.  This system, which is the foundation for all other Bomanite systems, can be used on both new and existing uncolored concrete.  With Bomanite VitraFlor, Bomanite fulfills its promise of making all concrete both functional and fashionable.  The process includes initial grinding, hardening with Bomanite Stabilizer Pro, honing, and polishing, capped off with protection from Bomanite VitraFinish.  Of all the Bomanite Custom Polishing systems, Bomanite VitraFlor is the most cost-effective option, mainly intended for new construction or extensive renovations.

 

Texas Bomanite installed Bomanite VitraFlor decorative concrete at Hornsby-Dunlap Elementary in suburbs of Austin, TX.
Hornsby-Dunlap Elementary
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Texas Bomanite installed Bomanite VitraFlor decorative concrete at Smith Elementary in suburbs of Austin, TX.
Smith Elementary

 

Meanwhile, the Bomanite Patène Teres system is designed to color fully cured concrete during the polishing process, using Bomanite Chemical Stains and Bomanite Concrete Dyes. Starting with a base of uncolored gray concrete, which may include Bomanite Integral Color or Bomanite Color Hardener applied during placement, the floor undergoes grinding, staining, or dyeing, and then follows the standard Bomanite VitraFlor System process. The key advantage of Bomanite Patène Teres lies in its ability to introduce a wide spectrum of topical colors to concrete. When combined with skilled saw cutting techniques for patterns or designs, this process can elevate concrete to a form of art, offering a range from simple monochromatic tones to bright, vibrant hues and a variety of finishes from urban sophistication to varied, rustic styles.  Like Bomanite VitraFlor, Bomanite Patène Teres is primarily aimed at new construction or major renovation projects.

 

Texas Bomanite installed Bomanite VitraFlor decorative concrete at Hornsby-Dunlap Elementary in suburbs of Austin, TX.
Hornsby-Dunlap Elementary
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Texas Bomanite installed Bomanite VitraFlor decorative concrete at Smith Elementary in suburbs of Austin, TX.
Smith Elementary

 

Bomanite Imprint Systems provide cast-in-place concrete flooring and paving that not only enhance the architectural appeal of any project but also possess the resilience to withstand heavy traffic and various environmental conditions.  With a history spanning over fifty years, these systems offer a vast selection of colors, textures, and patterns, all at a cost significantly lower than traditional materials.  Boasting over 100 patterns and numerous custom tooling possibilities, Bomanite Imprint Systems comes with an extensive range of coloring choices. They emulate natural textures such as slate, granite, limestone, sandstone, cobblestone, and used brick, allowing for creative and diverse design options.

 

Texas Bomanite installed Bomanite VitraFlor decorative concrete at Hornsby-Dunlap Elementary in suburbs of Austin, TX.
Hornsby-Dunlap Elementary
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Texas Bomanite installed Bomanite VitraFlor decorative concrete at Smith Elementary in suburbs of Austin, TX.
Smith Elementary

Texas Bomanite Best-In-Class

Texas Bomanite installed Bomanite VitraFlor decorative concrete at Hornsby-Dunlap Elementary in suburbs of Austin, TX.
Hornsby-Dunlap Elementary

For Del Valle ISD, Texas Bomanite has once again proven why they are the company of choice for concrete craftsmanship expertise to provide decorative concrete for any school.  The overall results of these two projects far exceeded the expectations of all involved parties.  The ultimate beneficiaries of the work done by Texas Bomanite are the student body of each respective school.  Currently, in one of the fastest growing areas of the state, Hornsby-Dunlap Elementary has 93% minority student enrollment and 91% economically disadvantaged students.  For Smith Elementary, the numbers are 80% and 84% respectively.  These students and their future successors deserve the beautiful environment in which to learn and thrive that Texas Bomanite has built for them.

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.

Concrete Arts Achieves Award for Steps

Concrete Arts installed Bomanite Regular Slate Texture decorative concrete on residential backyard steps in Hudson, WI.When a homeowner purchased a home overlooking beautiful Lake Mallalieu in Hudson, WI, the backyard steep hill down to the lake became an immediate issue.  There was a compelling need for mobility accessible access to the lake, as well as the existing old timber and paver stair system was falling apart.  Craig Primoli of Yardmasters Landscapes & Nursery was hired as the Project Designer.  The architect selected for the project not only specified a trolley system to meet the mobility accessible requirements but also wanted a set of concrete steps to provide longevity and more stability, while creating a safer option for the homeowner.  Bomanite Licensee Concrete Arts was chosen to install decorative concrete and bring the vision of the planners to life.

Concrete Arts installed Bomanite Regular Slate Texture decorative concrete on residential backyard steps in Hudson, WI.

 

Concrete Arts came in and laid out the outside forms and established the elevations.  A series of 18-inch diameter and 6-foot-deep frost footings were excavated and poured for stability.  The forms for the riser system were then installed and the pouring was scheduled.  There are 49 risers in the stair system.  Bomanite Slate Gray Integral Color was used with a custom form liner for the steps to make the edges look like rocks, and Bomacron Regular Slate Texture, part of the Bomanite Imprint Systems, was used for the flat surfaces.  Together, these techniques created a one-of-a-kind stair system that is strikingly beautiful yet functional.

Bomanite Imprint Systems Not Limited by Imagination

Concrete Arts installed Bomanite Regular Slate Texture decorative concrete on residential backyard steps in Hudson, WI.Bomanite Imprint Systems deliver durable, cast-in-place concrete flooring and paving solutions, providing a unique architectural flair that is resilient against heavy traffic and various environmental challenges.  For over fifty years, these systems have offered an extensive selection of colors, textures, and patterns to both homeowners and designers, all at a cost significantly lower than conventional materials.  With more than 100 patterns and numerous custom tooling choices, along with a broad range of standard and custom color options, Bomanite Imprint Systems ensures versatility.  Available textures include those resembling natural elements like slate, granite, limestone, sandstone, cobblestone, and used brick.  For architectural paving that stands out, Bomanite Imprint Systems are the unparalleled choice.

Bomanite Licensees Lift Project Expectations

Concrete Arts installed Bomanite Regular Slate Texture decorative concrete on residential backyard steps in Hudson, WI.

 

Since its inception in 1993, Concrete Arts has earned a distinguished reputation in the field of architectural concrete, serving a broad spectrum of projects throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota.  Catering to both commercial and residential clients, their unmatched technical expertise, a hallmark of the Bomanite Licensee network, is paired with superior customer service to guarantee top-quality products, processes, and workmanship for every undertaking.  Recognized as a reliable partner by owners, architects, contractors, and landscape architects, Concrete Arts is celebrated for the long-lasting value its decorative concrete brings to various projects.  Their foundation in deep technical knowledge enables them to offer innovative, tailor-made, and practical solutions that are delivered within budget and schedule constraints.  Their showroom, showcasing a wide array of samples, provides designers, builders, and clients a chance to explore the endless possibilities offered by decorative concrete.

Award Winning Decorative Concrete

Concrete Arts installed Bomanite Regular Slate Texture decorative concrete on residential backyard steps in Hudson, WI.

 

Concrete Arts earned the 2022 Silver Award for Best Bomanite Imprint Systems Project.  Because of the sheer steepness of the hill being worked on, this project presented its own exceptional set of challenges.  The trained concrete craftsmen at Concrete Arts pride themselves in having created a company culture of commitment, and thus they accept these types of challenges with the knowledge they can create innovative, customized, functional solutions.  The stunning results of this project far exceeded the expectations of all stakeholders involved.

 

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Decorative concrete steps featuring Bomanite Regular Slate Texture installed in Hudson, WI, by Concrete Arts. ` BEFORE: Decorative concrete steps featuring Bomanite Regular Slate Texture installed in Hudson, WI, by Concrete Arts.

Heritage Bomanite Renders Restaurant Radiance in Fresno

Heritage Bomanite installed Bomanite Patène Artectura decorative concrete for Saizon Restaurant in Fresno, CA.This project started with the name NX Restaurant but was renamed before opening to Saizon Restaurant located in The Row at Heritage Grove shopping center at Willows and Shepherd Avenues in NE Fresno.  Billed as Napa Valley meets Mexico, it specializes in a contemporary American cuisine with Mexican influences and a distinct California point of view.  However, the menu is not the only attraction to this popular restaurant.  The ambience feels like you have been transported out of Fresno to a big city restaurant with an upscale feel yet maintaining incomparable hospitality that is the hallmark of Fresno.

Heritage Bomanite installed Bomanite Patène Artectura decorative concrete for Saizon Restaurant in Fresno, CA.

 

 

The main contractor of the project was Fresno Sierra Contractors and the designated designer was Studio UN LTD.  Because of their long history of exemplary installations and their proven ability to complete complicated design plans, Heritage Bomanite was chosen to install the decorative concrete flooring.  Working closely with the designer and the owner, Bomanite Patène Artectura, part of the Bomanite Toppings Systems, was specifically selected to realize the vision of the design team.

Stained Concrete Creates Ocean Lapping Sandy Beach

Heritage Bomanite installed Bomanite Patène Artectura decorative concrete for Saizon Restaurant in Fresno, CA.The project was new construction of a new Restaurant.  First, Heritage Bomanite had to grind and prime the area.  Secondly, they installed Brass Terrazzo strips with incredible accuracy to make sure they looked like continuous lengths.  Heritage Bomanite then installed the Bomanite Patène Artectura decorative concrete.  Polishing was completed once an Artist had applied the concrete stain to create the ocean effect lapping on to a sandy beach.  Finding the right level of shine and sand beach effect, using several applications of sealer, to the satisfaction of all project stakeholders, was one of the most difficult aspects of the project.

Heritage Bomanite installed Bomanite Patène Artectura decorative concrete for Saizon Restaurant in Fresno, CA.

 

 

The use of custom colors by Heritage Bomanite, and an Artist working with concrete stain, has created a truly unique decorative concrete flooring that is exclusive to this restaurant.  The bar area features the Artist’s concrete stain simulating the gentle motion of ocean waves washing over a sandy beach and generates an exceptional environment not often seen successfully created in concrete.  The talented concrete craftmanship of the Heritage Bomanite crew allowed everything to seamlessly flow together.

Bomanite Patène Artectura Artistic Concrete Canvas

Heritage Bomanite installed Bomanite Patène Artectura decorative concrete for Saizon Restaurant in Fresno, CA.Bomanite Patène Artectura presents a revolutionary coloration system that redefines concrete surfaces as an artistic canvas, enabling the creation of diverse and unique design statements.  This innovative system is ideal for those looking to mimic natural textures like sun-bleached flagstone or the sophisticated appearance of fine Italian marble.  Bomanite Patène Artectura offers a wide array of design possibilities, enabling the crafting of distinct and one-of-a-kind floors that are not only visually appealing but also durable and simple to maintain. This system of specialized coloring techniques empowers you to transform mundane concrete projects into captivating works of art, filled with creative effects and personalized touches.

Heritage Bomanite installed Bomanite Patène Artectura decorative concrete for Saizon Restaurant in Fresno, CA.Bomanite Patène Artectura is not just about aesthetic enhancement; it’s also a practical and cost-effective solution for upgrading plain, grey concrete into stunning, artistic masterpieces.  Whether the setting is indoors or outdoors, residential, or commercial, or involves new construction or retrofitting, Bomanite Patène Artectura adapts seamlessly to your needs.  Its versatility surpasses that of traditional concrete treatments, making it an ideal choice for a variety of projects.  Additionally, Bomanite Patène Artectura can be effortlessly integrated with other concrete systems, such as Bomanite Imprint Systems, Bomanite Toppings Systems, Bomanite Custom Polishing Systems, or precast elements.  This integration fosters the creation of architectural concrete that is not only functional but also visually striking and breathtaking.

The broad spectrum of applications for Bomanite Patène Artectura is remarkable.  It’s perfectly suited for a tranquil residential entryway, a sleek commercial countertop, or a bustling restaurant floor, accommodating any project requirement.  With Bomanite Patène Artectura, you gain access to a virtually unlimited range of options that align with any design vision and budget. This flexibility and diversity in application mean that every project can be tailored to meet specific aesthetic and functional needs, resulting in spaces that are not only unique but also reflect a high standard of craftsmanship and creativity.  Bomanite Patène Artectura is truly a game-changer in the realm of decorative concrete, offering unparalleled opportunities for innovation and artistic expression in concrete design.

Award Winning Decorative Concrete

Heritage Bomanite received the 2022 Gold Award for Best Bomanite Toppings Systems Project.  For over 45 years, Heritage Bomanite has exemplified excellence in cast-in-place decorative concrete, focusing intently on quality through meticulous attention to detail.  This project showcased the professionalism and the skilled decorative concrete craftsmanship of the Heritage Bomanite crew.  Diners at this restaurant, for years to come, will enjoy not only the food but the ambiance enhanced by the beautiful concrete flooring.

 

Heritage Bomanite installed Bomanite Patène Artectura decorative concrete for Saizon Restaurant in Fresno, CA. ` Heritage Bomanite installed Bomanite Patène Artectura decorative concrete for Saizon Restaurant in Fresno, CA. ` Heritage Bomanite installed Bomanite Patène Artectura decorative concrete for Saizon Restaurant in Fresno, CA.

Musselman and Hall Revitalizes Riverfront in Omaha

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

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

Bomanite Revealed Revamps Existing Walls and Stairs

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

 

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

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

 

 

 

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

 

Architectural Exposed Concrete Creates Exceptional Results

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

 

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

 

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

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

Award Winning Decorative Concrete

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

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