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Beyond Concrete Inspirational Sky Column Sculpture Project

Beyond Concrete created a custom Bomanite Revealed installed at Sky Column sculpture in Arlington, VA.For over forty years Arlington County, VA, has prided itself in its commitment to public art which is now a distinctive aspect of the visual landscape.  Sky Column Sculpture, an integrated work of public art, is a shining example of the county’s success.  The sculpture, designed by renowned artist Douglas W. Hollis, was commissioned and approved by the Arlington County Board with a budget of over half-a-million-dollars.  Sky Column is situated nearby to the new Long Bridge Aquatics & Fitness Center, and close to Capital Bikeshare.  Arlington County Board selected Coakley & Williams Construction as the Main Contractor for the 47 million dollar Aquatics & Fitness Center, and Bomanite licensee Beyond Concrete was chosen to implement the public art in decorative concrete using the vision of Project Designer, Douglas W. Hollis. The initial task for Beyond Concrete, the fabrication of the stainless-steel framework, proved to be one of the most difficult and challenging specs for Beyond Concrete’s portion of the project.

Beyond Concrete created a custom Bomanite Revealed installed at Sky Column sculpture in Arlington, VA.Installed at the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, Beyond Concrete completed the entire intricate project with a limited crew of 4, on time, and within budget.  That alone is a testament to their expertise and resilience.  Working with the artist, Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Systems was selected and Bomanite Revealed™ was chosen.  The stainless-steel frame was fabricated and mounted over a structural concrete base. Four inches of infilled concrete was placed into the stainless-steel framework. Bomanite high performance epoxy and epoxy sand was installed for the Bomanite Revealed™ ½-inch bonded topping. The Bomanite Revealed™ topping was installed, as designed, with concentric bands of Bomanite Revealed™, starting from almost black in the center and continuing with lighter gray bands in the outer bands. Each Bomanite Revealed™ section had a custom mixture of aggregate that coordinated with the color of the band installed. After the aggregate was exposed all the exposed stainless steel had to be delicately hand ground on both edges to define the Bomanite Revealed™ infill.

Bomanite Revealed™ Creates Captivating Concrete

Beyond Concrete created a custom Bomanite Revealed installed at Sky Column sculpture in Arlington, VA.Bomanite Revealed™ is an architectural exposed concrete designed for outdoor applications 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.  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 reduce heat island effect, hard to achieve colors for concrete like white, blues and greens along with water resistant formulations for wet areas and other specialty applications.

Bomanite Licensees Define Decorative Concrete Craftsmanship

Beyond Concrete created a custom Bomanite Revealed installed at Sky Column sculpture in Arlington, VA.As a Bomanite licensee, licensed in all five Bomanite Systems, quality craftsmanship and a commitment to excellence in architectural decorative concrete have defined Beyond Concrete for more than 30 years.  Established in 1984, Beyond Concrete serves a diverse range of clients across all of New Jersey, the five boroughs of New York, Long Island, eastern Pennsylvania and down to northern Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C.  It is a family-owned business now in its second generation of leadership.  Owners, architects, landscape architects, interior designers, and general contractors have all come to appreciate Beyond Concrete’s commitment to being a creative solutions provider through in-depth project analysis.  All those years of expertise helped Beyond Concrete achieve and exceed the expectations of this project’s stakeholders.  Contractor selection is the most important aspect of ensuring the job is done right and choosing Bomanite licensees is the right choice.

 

 

Night Winds Make Sky Column Mesmerizing

Beyond Concrete created a custom Bomanite Revealed installed at Sky Column sculpture in Arlington, VA.At night, up-lights at the base of the artwork are programed to brighten and dim in response to real-time variations of the wind.  Tapered masts of stainless-steel tubing in the formation of a column project fifty feet high from the ground, appear to become one with the sky, and quiver with the wind.  Viewed from a distance, Sky Column acts as a beacon, drawing people to the park while creating a gathering place for visitors to the adjacent aquatic center. It can be seen as a reminder of the fragility and interconnectedness of life and our ability to support and nurture it when we work together as a community, especially when faced with challenges such as a pandemic or climate change.

 

Beyond Concrete created a custom Bomanite Revealed installed at Sky Column sculpture in Arlington, VA.

Bomanite Announces Decorative Concrete Annual Awards

A resounding round of applause greeted these talented Bomanite decorative concrete craftsmen.  Bomanite proudly presents the Annual Decorative Concrete Project Award winners!  The Bomanite Annual Conference was held in Snohomish, WA, in March which culminated with the Annual Banquet Dinner where the awards were presented.  It was wonderful for everyone involved to meet in person once again, to see maskless smiling faces, and to get jeans and hands covered with concrete.  If you want to create phenomenal decorative concrete, you have to create muscle memory by getting your hands involved.  The concrete craftsmen gather annually to learn hands on new trade techniques, business strategies and exchange ideas with Bomanite Licensees from around the world.

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

Texas Bomanite installed Bomanite Patène Artectura and Bomanite Modena SL with Chemical Stain at Hotel Drover in Fort Worth, TX, earning them the GRAND AWARD at the Bomanite Decorative Concrete Annual Awards.Texas Bomanite received the Best Bomanite Patène Artectura Project – GRAND AWARD for their stunningly gorgeous work on the Hotel Drover in Fort Worth, TX.  Using our Bomanite Coloration Systems Patène Artectura and Bomanite Modena SL with Chemical Stain, Texas Bomanite was able to achieve a consistent and beautiful look throughout the many diverse architectural areas of the hotel.  They provided decorative concrete flooring in the hotel lobby, levels 1 & 2 of the offices, levels 2-6, the event barn bar area, outside the event barn restrooms, and stained concrete columns in the event barn.

 

 

Carolina Bomanite installed Bomanite Imprint Systems at Courtyard Marriott in Greenville, SC, earning them the Gold Award at the Bomanite Decorative Concrete Awards.Carolina Bomanite Corporation, Mt. Holly, NC, received the Best Bomanite Imprint Systems Project GOLD AWARD for their pretty and professional craftsmanship at Courtyard Marriott, Greenville, SC.  Using the Bomanite Imprint Systems Bomanite Bomacron Patterns Running Bond Belgian Block, 10” Boardwalk, and Slate Texture, Carolina Bomanite created decorative concrete for multiple amenity and entry areas.  This project was underway prior to COVID and was delayed during construction for approximately one year.  The diversity, yet cohesion, of the installation of the patterns is literally enchanting and breathtaking.

 

 

Colorado Hardscapes installed Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Systems at Market Station, Denver, CO, earning them a Gold Award at the Bomanite Decorative Concrete Awards.Bomanite Licensee Colorado Hardscapes received the Best Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Systems Project GOLD AWARD for their distinctive decorative concrete work at the Market Station, Denver, CO.  Using Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Systems with Bomanite Sandscape® Texture, Colorado Hardscapes achieved an unforgettable eye-catching decorative concrete pattern on the paseo that draws the eye directly to the chevron pattern.  The paseo is located where one would normally find the alley.  There were innumerable technical challenges that came with this project including having to coordinate the snow melt system so that decorative sawcuts didn’t cut through the tubing that ran beneath.

 

 

Colorado Hardscapes installed Bomanite Toppings Systems at RYE SoBo Apartments, Denver, CO, earning them a Gold Award at the Bomanite Decorative Concrete Awards.Colorado Hardscapes also captured the Best Bomanite Toppings Systems Project GOLD AWARD for their unbelievable achievement at RYE SoBo Apartments, Denver, CO, of creating the Clark Richert Abstract Art in decorative concrete titled: Four Color Intertwine – 2021.  Using Bomanite Toppings Systems with Bomanite Micro-Top XT, the art piece was brought to life with fifteen different colors, and each color is surrounded by a saw cut to add to the crisp lines and enhance the dimensional look.  Richert originally wanted to use embedded mosaic tiles in concrete to create his piece, but once he saw how vivid and solid Micro-Top XT could make each section, it was absolute that Colorado Hardscapes utilize that product instead.

 

Premier Concrete Construction installed Bomanite Custom Polishing Systems at Colonial Theater Keene, Keene, NH, earning them a Gold Award at the Bomanite Decorative Concrete Awards.Bomanite Licensee Premier Concrete Construction took home the Best Bomanite Custom Polishing Systems GOLD AWARD for their dazzling decorative concrete work at Colonial Theater Keene, Keene, NH.  Using Bomanite Custom Polishing Systems with Bomanite Modena TG Epoxy Terrazzo they were able to achieve stunning results on the flooring, pre-cast cove base, and pre-cast stairs and risers.  All included two colors and a diamond strip pattern.  Supply chain issues that would have delayed the project for five months after the scheduled to begin forced Premier Concrete Construction to set up their own shop to pre-cast 300LF of cove base and the full set of stairs and risers per spec.

 

We’d like to thank all the Bomanite licensed contractors who submitted entries for this year’s award contest. The Bomanite Decorative Concrete Annual Project Awards has been a tradition for more than 50 years for Bomanite Licensed Contractors to submit their outstanding projects. Bomanite Licensees compete among the best of the best to be recognized for their hard work and creative talents. The winners are announced at the Bomanite Annual Conference, held in various cities from year to year. This is a taste of artwork and craftsmanship in the decorative concrete market that can be achieved by the Bomanite network of decorative concrete craftsmen.  Additional awards were given for Silver, Bronze, and Honorable Mention categories. Please take a look at the award-winning projects.

2021 List of Bomanite Award Winners

Bomanite Imprint Systems

  • HONORABLE MENTION: Carolina Bomanite Corporation – The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery – Charlotte, NC – Bomacron Pattern: Running Bond Belgian Block
  • HONORABLE MENTON: Connecticut Bomanite Systems – Branford Route 1 and 2 Roundabout – Branford, CT – Bomacron Pattern: Ashlar Slate and Herringbone Brick
  • BRONZE: Connecticut Bomanite Systems – Downtown Danbury Transit Oriented Development – Danbury, CT – Bomacron Pattern: Medium Ashlar Slate, Soldier Course Belgian Block
  • SILVER:  Beyond Concrete – Dennis Collins Park – Bayonne, NJ – Bomacron Pattern: Circular Cobblestone/Granite Texture, 11-inch/6-inch Boardwalk
  • GOLD:  Carolina Bomanite Corporation – Courtyard Marriott – Greenville, SC – Bomacron Pattern: Running Bond Belgian Block, 10” Boardwalk, Slate Texture

 

Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Systems

  • HONORABLE MENTION: Colorado Hardscapes – McGregor Square – Denver, CO – Bomanite Sandscape® Texture Exposed Aggregate System
  • HONORABLE MENTION: Heritage Bomanite — Maravillosa Senior Living – Fresno, CA – Bomanite Sandscape® Texture Exposed Aggregate System
  • BRONZE: Bomanite Toronto – Sunset Drive Private Residence – Toronto, Ontario, Canada – Bomanite Sandscape® Texture Exposed Aggregate System and Bomanite Sandscape Refined Exposed Aggregate System
  • SILVER:  Musselman & Hall Contractors, LLC – Stowers Institute for Medical Research – Kansas City, MO – Bomanite Sandscape® Texture Exposed Aggregate System
  • GOLD: Colorado Hardscapes – Market Station – Denver, CO ­­­– Bomanite Sandscape® Texture Exposed Aggregate System

 

Bomanite Toppings Systems

  • GOLD: Colorado Hardscapes – RYE SoBo Apartments – Clark Richert Abstract Art – Denver, CO – Bomanite Toppings System Micro-Top XT

Bomanite Specialty Project

  • HONORABLE MENTION: Bomanite Artistic Concrete – WestStar Tower at Hunt Plaza – El Paso, TX – Bomanite Specialty Project – Specialty Walls

 

Bomanite Custom Polishing Systems

  • BRONZE: Premier Concrete Construction – Laflamme Residence – Etna, NH – Bomanite Belcolore Custom Polishing System and Bomanite Modena SL Custom Polishing System
  • SILVER: Musselman & Hall Contractors, LLC – Westview Elementary – Excelsior Springs, MO – Bomanite VitraFlor Custom Polishing System
  • GOLD: Premier Concrete Construction – Colonial Theater Keene – Keene, NH – Bomanite Modena TG Epoxy Terrazzo Custom Polishing System

 

Bomanite Patène Artectura Project – GRAND AWARD

  • GRAND AWARD: Texas Bomanite – Hotel Drover – Fort Worth, TX – Bomanite Coloration Systems Patène Artectura with Bomanite Modena SL with Chemical Stain

 

Colorado Hardscapes Transforms Entry Terrace with Bomanite Decorative Concrete

Bomanite Sandscape Texture and Bomanite Sandscape Refined were installed here to create the decorative concrete paved office building entry and planter walls.The Campus at Waterview is a building portfolio in the Denver Tech Center that consists of three Class-A LEED Certified office buildings.  Each building has stunning views of the mountains and offers a variety of amenities, including proximity to shopping, restaurants, and public transportation.  The Waterview buildings were constructed between 1999 and 2001 with various remodels taking place since 2014.

The entry terrace at Waterview III was remodeled and included renovation of the exterior entry paving.  It was ultimately decided by the contractor, the landscape architect, and the project designer that Colorado Hardscapes would perform the decorative concrete work, even though the bidding process indicated another contractor.  A two-decade long relationship between Solara Designs and Colorado Hardscapes heavily influenced this decision and all parties agreed that Colorado Hardscapes was the optimal choice and only firm capable of executing the desired design.

Customization at its Finest

Bomanite Sandscape Texture and Bomanite Sandscape Refined were installed here to create the decorative concrete paved office building entry and planter walls.The landscape architect visited the design center at Colorado Hardscapes and after extensive discussion with Project Manager John Buteyn and consideration of numerous samples, a custom color palate was requested.  Colorado Hardscapes was more than happy to accommodate this request, from which the final design and materials were selected.

Colorado Hardscapes utilized Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Systems, including Bomanite Sandscape Texture and Sandscape Refined.  Sandscape Texture with a custom dark brown color was selected for the field areas and two colors of Sandscape Refined, white and light gray, were used to create the accent banding.

Durable and Decorative Concrete

Bomanite Sandscape Texture and Bomanite Sandscape Refined were installed here to create the decorative concrete paved office building entry and planter walls.Bomanite Sandscape Texture is designed for outdoor applications where an alternate to conventional concrete finishes is required.  Sandscape Texture, one of four Exposed Aggregate Systems offered by Bomanite for architectural concrete surfaces, utilizes specialized concrete mix designs, additives, topical treatments, and advanced application procedures.  The finished Sandscape Texture product resembles sand blasted concrete and can incorporate specialized colored sands in the concrete and aggregates exceeding 3/8” in diameter.  The final product is an economical alternate to other decorative finishes while producing a monolithic concrete slab with a low life cycle cost due to the pre-aged nature of the surface.  Applications include plazas, shopping centers, schools, and exterior walkways—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.

Bomanite Sandscape Texture and Bomanite Sandscape Refined were installed here to create the decorative concrete paved office building entry and planter walls.Bomanite Sandscape Refined is a fine aggregate exposed aggregate concrete system engineered for outdoor applications.  Sandscape Refined is another of the four Exposed Aggregate Systems offered by Bomanite for architectural concrete surfaces and utilizes specialized Bomanite Color Hardener blends, standard or decorative aggregates, and advanced application procedures.  The finished Sandscape Refined product resembles fine textured stone or etched limestone block with light sand exposure throughout the surface.  Due to the use of Bomanite Color Hardener, these highly durable surfaces are available in a multitude of standard and custom colors.

Design Changes Result in Design Wins

Bomanite Sandscape Texture and Bomanite Sandscape Refined were installed here to create the decorative concrete paved office building entry and planter walls.Additionally, the raised planters also feature a Sandscape Refined finish.  The planter bed walls were originally going to be pre-cast, but after deliberations between the landscape architect and Colorado Hardscapes, it was decided to use Sandscape Refined.  The planter walls were covered in a light color hardener and did not require the use of white cement.  The use of Sandscape Refined provided an excellent alternative to the imported precast planters that had originally been considered.

The texture and colors of the Sandscape Texture and Sandscape Refined are a perfect complement to the precast concrete on the building and accentuate the building’s architecture and design aesthetic while adding durability and beautiful detail to the Waterview Campus.  The superior decorative concrete installation by Colorado Hardscapes showcases their commitment to providing the highest quality decorative and architectural concrete and their willingness to go above and beyond on every single job.

Premier Concrete Construction Lunch and Learns Lead to Sidewalk Revitalization

Bomanite licensee Premier Concrete Construction installed decorative concrete sidewalks using Bomanite Micro-Top ST.As a company, you only get one chance to make a good first impression.  This axiom presented a slight problem for HL Turner Group, in Concord, NH, whenever potential clients physically came to the office.  The existing sidewalks and entryway had heavily spalled areas and many prominent cracks.  Bomanite licensee Premier Concrete Construction was invited twice by HL Turner Group to conduct Lunch and Learns.  After those presentations they were also asked to examine and to recommend a decorative concrete Bomanite System to revitalize the sidewalks and entrance.

 

 

Meeting All Specifications

Bomanite licensee Premier Concrete Construction installed decorative concrete sidewalks using Bomanite Micro-Top ST.HL Turner Group is a professional team of architects, engineers, and building scientists serving business, industry, and government.  They are very concerned about the art and science of the built environment.  They needed a sidewalk renovation that matched the current aesthetics of their building and landscaping, would provide long term durability, was low-maintenance, and was economical.  Premier Concrete Construction chose Bomanite Toppings Systems using Bomanite Micro-Top® ST because it met all the specifications.

 

 

 

Bomanite licensee Premier Concrete Construction installed decorative concrete sidewalks using Bomanite Micro-Top ST.The highly trained concrete craftsmen of Premier Concrete Construction began the task of preparing the old concrete.  This work included repairing and cleaning the heavily spalled areas and numerous long cracks while being sensitive to the heating system within.  With all the repair and prep work completed, and a surface that was now workable and ready for renovation, the crew then applied the Bomanite Micro-Top® ST system to the sidewalks and entry.

 

 

 

Exterior Decorative Concrete Restoration Solution

Bomanite licensee Premier Concrete Construction installed decorative concrete sidewalks using Bomanite Micro-Top ST.Bomanite Micro-Top® ST is a specialized decorative concrete option especially suited for exterior restoration, like sidewalk resurfacing, and can cover virtually any surface.  Bomanite Micro-Top® ST is a two-part, polymer-modified cementitious coating that is applied in two coats by trowel and specialized sprayer to a typical thickness of 3/32 inch.  Bomanite Micro-Top® ST is durable and versatile with excellent adhesion and weather resistance that is perfect for applying over almost any clean, correctly prepared, and primed surface including concrete, cement block, tile, metal, and wood.

 

 

Bomanite licensee Premier Concrete Construction installed decorative concrete sidewalks using Bomanite Micro-Top ST.Bomanite Micro-Top® ST can withstand prolonged pedestrian and light duty vehicular traffic. Bomanite Micro-Top ST provides a tough, slip resistant water-retardant coating that substantially reduces water penetration, freeze-thaw scaling, and concrete carbonation. It is a “breathable” coating that releases normal entrapped vapor without loosening or blistering. The durability and versatility of Bomanite Micro-Top® ST allows it to be spotted as accent areas, continued up a wall, extended up the side of a building or applied directly to an asphalt street section.

 

 

Best Foot Forward

Bomanite licensee Premier Concrete Construction installed decorative concrete sidewalks using Bomanite Micro-Top ST.The resulting restoration results Premier Concrete Construction was able to achieve for their client is nothing less than beautiful and spectacular.  They created the perfect solution that can withstand the conditions of New Hampshire winters and summers.  HL Turner Group can enjoy a durable long term, low maintenance, economical solution to their previous first impression conundrum.  They can now create the first impression they so strongly deserve.

Musselman and Hall Solves Slick Paving Problem with Bomanite Sandscape® Texture

Musselman & Hall Contractors installed decorative concrete drives using Bomanite Sandscape Texture.The Parkway Condominium Buildings are a premier luxury condo development in a very nice area of Overland Park, KS. The existing paving at the entry and on the drives down to their garages were in disrepair and were very slick in the winter.  The Condominium’s Board reached out to Bomanite licensee Musselman & Hall Contractors for a proposal because Musselman & Hall’s reputation for excellence, and their ability to solve complex problems, is recognized throughout the region.  The decorative concrete solution chosen was not only beautiful, but durable and practical.

 

 

 

 

 

Decorative and Durable Concrete

Musselman & Hall Contractors installed decorative concrete drives using Bomanite Sandscape Texture.Musselman & Hall installed Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Systems using Bomanite Sandscape® Texture with Autumn Brown integral color and decorative ribbons of broomed Autumn Brown to accent the area.  Designed for outdoor applications, Bomanite Sandscape® Texture utilizes specialized mix designs, topical treatments, and advanced application procedures.  The textured effect of Bomanite Sandscape® Texture resembles sand blasted concrete with a hard, slip-resistant surface, without the dangerous release of respirable byproducts of sandblasting.

Musselman & Hall Contractors installed decorative concrete drives using Bomanite Sandscape Texture.Natural, regionally selected, and qualified sands are the common aggregates of choice for Bomanite Sandscape® Texture installations.  In this installation, Missouri aggregates were used.  The natural non-skid properties and abrasion resistant aggregates make Bomanite Sandscape® Texture the perfect choice this project.  The exposure of the fine aggregates resulted in a robust decorative concrete that has an excellent life cycle with reduced maintenance requirements.

 

 

Additional Amenities

Musselman & Hall Contractors installed decorative concrete drives using Bomanite Sandscape Texture.Musselman & Hall installed in slab heating for the ramps down to the garages so the ramps wouldn’t have issues with cars sliding.  On a freezing cold blustery snowy day there is no better winter weather amenity than a heated driveway ramp.  It is the best and the least of amenities the residents of this luxury condo complex deserve and expect.  The saw cut joints added a detail of design that is complimentary to the architecture of the complex.  The decorative bands of broomed Autumn Brown concrete draws the eye to the beautiful details of the installation.

 

 

Existing Mature Landscaping Untouched

Musselman & Hall Contractors installed decorative concrete drives using Bomanite Sandscape Texture.An important aspect of any installation of decorative concrete in an already constructed and existing site with mature established landscaping is maintaining the aesthetics of that landscaping.  That proved to be no problem for this trained team of expert concrete artisans.  Nate Harris of Musselman & Hall Contractors said, “In the end, our teams were so careful that the sod didn’t need patching anywhere. We left them with a beautiful new parking and drive area with no extra touchups needed.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Award Winning Decorative Concrete

Musselman & Hall Contractors installed decorative concrete drives using Bomanite Sandscape Texture.Musselman & Hall Contractors earned the 2020 Best Bomanite Sandscape Texture Exposed Aggregate Systems Project Honorable Mention Award for this delightful decorative concrete solution.  Musselman & Hall can take pride in a beautiful, practical, and low-maintenance installation that will enhance the lives of the residents and visitors of Parkway Condos both now and for many more years into the future.

Musselman and Hall Conquers Complex Bomanite Renaissance Design

Bomanite licensee Musselman & Hall Contractors installed decorative concrete flooring using Bomanite Renaissance.When Rockford School district needed a new school constructed, they specified decorative concrete flooring that was at a reasonable cost but, just as important, durable, and beautiful.  Eureka Elementary, located in Eureka, MO, and part of the school district, was recently built by HOF Construction.  The project designer, Dickinson Hussman, selected Bomanite licensee Musselman & Hall Contractors to tackle the intricacies of the challenging design.  Challenging projects done within the time allotted, even if shorter than optimum, are a forte for Musselman & Hall and they were a perfect match for this project.

 

 

Complex Design Done by Skilled Bomanite Craftsmen

Bomanite licensee Musselman & Hall Contractors installed decorative concrete flooring using Bomanite Renaissance.Musselman & Hall used Bomanite Custom Polishing Systems with Bomanite Renaissance to complete the 22,500 square foot project.  The project required four colors of Bomanite Renaissance poured in contact with each other in a geometric pattern of bands, then ground and polished as one slab.  They placed 2-inch-thick topping slabs in four different integral colors.  The Bomanite colors used were French Gray, Natural Gray, Sand, and Coquina.  The latter required the use of white cement, which was a challenge of its own, because white cement sets very quickly.

Bomanite licensee Musselman & Hall Contractors installed decorative concrete flooring using Bomanite Renaissance.The layout of the four colors made it crucial that both the formwork and the placement of topping slabs be installed with absolute precision to achieve sharp construction seams and maintain even aggregate exposure throughout.  The schedule required their crews to begin grinding and polishing in the first areas they placed before they were even completed with the slab installations.  The crews then ground and polished, as one slab, to a satin sheen and full aggregate exposure.

Renaissance by Bomanite Provides Lustrous Durable Flooring

Bomanite licensee Musselman & Hall Contractors installed decorative concrete flooring using Bomanite Renaissance.Bomanite’s Custom Polishing System, Renaissance by Bomanite, provides a lustrous finish to floors made with Bomanite’s premium Bomanite Integral Color.  Color-saturation, the hallmark of Bomanite’s integrally colored floors, is unsurpassed with this one-time finish. For rich color at a reasonable cost, this is the perfect finish for any newly designed surface.  Other features and benefits of Renaissance by Bomanite are good abrasion resistance, a range of aggregate size is possible with various exposure levels, as well as a natural appearance.

 

Bomanite licensee Musselman & Hall Contractors installed decorative concrete flooring using Bomanite Renaissance.The primary benefit of Bomanite Renaissance is the simplicity of installation and durability of color.  With no topical dyes or products needed to achieve color in the floor, the process is much like polishing uncolored concrete.  The Bomanite Renaissance system incorporates Bomanite Integral Color into the decorative concrete prior to placement and finishing of the flooring.  Once cured the concrete is ground to expose the desired amount of aggregate, then polished to the required gloss level and treated with a Bomanite stain resist.  Renaissance by Bomanite is intended primarily for new construction or major renovation projects.

 

Award Winning Decorative Concrete

Bomanite licensee Musselman & Hall Contractors installed decorative concrete flooring using Bomanite Renaissance.Musselman & Hall Contractors earned the 2020 Best Bomanite Custom Polishing Systems Project Honorable Mention Award for this gorgeous project.  When complexity of design meets the expertise of a well-trained Bomanite decorative concrete crew, the results are something that both the client and Musselman & Hall can justifiably be proud of.  Challenge met and job well done, Musselman & Hall!

Concrete Arts Proud to Rebuild Target to Help Heal a Community


Bomanite licensee Concrete Arts installed the decorative concrete flooring at the reconstructed Target East Lake in Minneapolis, MN, using Bomanite Custom Polishing Systems with Bomanite Patene Teres.
There are few events in history that can create a rift in the space-time continuum of a community, a veritable paradigm shift that causes ripple effects worldwide.  The death of George Floyd in May of 2020, and subsequent protests and riots, in Minneapolis is just such an event.  Floyd’s death occurred less than a mile from the Target East Lake Street store, which was nearly destroyed, and the Third Precinct Police Station, which was burned to the ground, is directly across the street from that store.  The loss of Target East Lake made it hard for the people in this south Minneapolis neighborhood to buy groceries since there were no other grocery stores within walking distance.

 

How We Rebuild Is More Important

What makes this restoration unique is Target’s commitment to include community input.  “Today, with construction well underway, I recognize that how we rebuild is just as important — if not more so — as when we rebuild. We want the Lake Street community to view this store as a part of itself, not just a place to shop,” Cephas Williams Jr., a group Vice-President at Target, said. “So, we’re listening to the voices of the community and applying what we’re learning and will continue to do so.”  Cephas William’s full statement is titled, To Our Lake Street Minneapolis Community: We’re Listening, Learning, and Re-Opening.  Target’s community outreach was in-depth and extensive.

Partnering With People Who Live Nearby

Bomanite licensee Concrete Arts installed the decorative concrete flooring at the reconstructed Target East Lake in Minneapolis, MN, using Bomanite Custom Polishing Systems with Bomanite Patene Teres.Target partnered with Nawal Noor, CEO of Noor Companies, a local Black-woman-owned General Contractor and Developer to lead the rebuilding efforts to complete Target’s fastest restoration ever.  Bomanite Licensee Concrete Arts was contracted to be a part of the demolition of the damaged carpet, VCT and corresponding adhesives. The scope of that first stage was completed the last week in June of 2020. Concrete Arts removed approximately 110,000 square feet of flooring in a week running double shifts.  Concrete Arts then left the site to allow for extensive repairs and changes to the concrete. They came back in on August 1st and had five weeks to polish the 90,000 square feet of flooring.  Working 12 hour days, six days a week Concrete Arts finished in 4.5 weeks despite being at the epicenter of the social justice fight which subjected them to three separate shut downs due to further protests.

A Reimagined Store Is Restored.

Bomanite licensee Concrete Arts installed the decorative concrete flooring at the reconstructed Target East Lake in Minneapolis, MN, using Bomanite Custom Polishing Systems with Bomanite Patene Teres.Concrete Arts installed Bomanite Custom Polishing Systems decorative concrete flooring using Bomanite Patene Teres to complete the redesigned, reimagined, and community inspired reconstructed store.  The new store has a secondary entrance and a well-lit walkway from the rail station to help increase access and to address community voiced safety issues.  The new pharmacy is located closer to the front of the store between both entrances so that elderly shoppers now walk a shorter distance to reach it.  Acknowledging the diverse neighborhood, Target even added a greater variety of spices.  The community asked for more food and more produce, and those sections were almost doubled.  The significant changes to the store culture and the store environment were made to match the community concerns.

Award Winning Decorative Concrete

Bomanite licensee Concrete Arts installed the decorative concrete flooring at the reconstructed Target East Lake in Minneapolis, MN, using Bomanite Custom Polishing Systems with Bomanite Patene Teres.Concrete Arts earned the 2020 Best Bomanite Custom Polishing Systems Project Honorable Mention Award for this extraordinary project.  As per Mike Dougherty of Concrete Arts, “As you can see from the photos, the damage was quite extensive, but we were able to make some pretty good lemonade out of the lemons we were dealt. Our company feels a great deal of satisfaction in helping this suffering neighborhood try to get back to some sort of normalcy.”

 

 

Musselman and Hall Create Bomanite Con-Color Exposed Aggregate Splash Pad for Historic Foot District

Community Park, located in Jefferson City, MO is a 3.5-acre neighborhood park that children and adults alike are enjoying. Jefferson City Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department opened the much-needed renovated park before officially complete so that residents could start exploring the park features for family outings and outdoor getaways. Landworks Studio, LLC provided master planning and construction documentation services as part of a complete renovation to meet the needs of the nearby residents. The master plan showcases the history of the surrounding Historic Foot District and offers design elements to bring a diverse population together to participate in outdoor activities and gatherings.

A Place to Gather and Play

Musselman & Hall Contractors, LLC finished the work needed on the Community Park in Jefferson City, Mo with colorful concrete using the Bomanite Sandscape Texture Exposed Aggregate System with Bomanite Con-Color for a fun splash pad for everyone to enjoy.Community Park is unrecognizable from its former life as an empty grass plot, it has now been turned into a modern play area that includes a large climbing feature made of a complex web of ropes with a tall metal tube slide that takes center stage. Along one side runs a pair of zip lines, a unique style of teeter-totter, large net swings, interactive play sculptures, obstacle course-type with climbing bars and platforms, toddler’s play mounds and climbing logs are additional features found within the park. The full park is covered in turf, including a small hill with two built-in slides. The park has two pavilions on either side of the restroom buildings that provide shade for individuals or groups. Continuing with the decorative and fun design some of the tabletops under the shelter were given a checkerboard pattern treatment.

Colorful Splash pad Represents Historic Foot District

Musselman & Hall Contractors, LLC finished the work needed on the Community Park in Jefferson City, Mo with colorful concrete using the Bomanite Sandscape Texture Exposed Aggregate System with Bomanite Con-Color for a fun splash pad for everyone to enjoy.Closest to the parking lot is the cooling colorful splash pad with multiple jets of water shooting out of the ground. The water is on a minute-long timer to save water when it’s not being used, but nearby are three buttons on pedestals to turn them right back on when they’re in use. In order to complete the splash pad design and ready it for use, Bomanite Licensee, Musselman & Hall Contractors, LLC were called in to put the finishing touches in place. Landworks Studio had specified a Bomanite exposed aggregate finish with several Bomanite concrete stains, the local winning bid contractor, Sircal Contracting, was unable to fulfill the Bomanite specification portion therefore they formed and installed the gray bands while Musselman & Hall finished up the 995 square foot pour with Bomanite Sandscape® Texture colored with seven different Bomanite Con-Color penetrating stains in Beech, Coal Gray, Mist Green, Paprika, Steel Blue, Travertine Beige and Sienna. Stencils were applied to create the historical representation of the foot district.

Slip Resistant Durable Hardscapes Create Safe Environments

Musselman & Hall Contractors, LLC finished the work needed on the Community Park in Jefferson City, Mo with colorful concrete using the Bomanite Sandscape Texture Exposed Aggregate System with Bomanite Con-Color for a fun splash pad for everyone to enjoy.When applied to concrete, Bomanite Con-Color will provide variegated and translucent coloring effects without creating a film or coating that can be worn away. Bomanite Con-Color is a viable alternative to traditional acid-based stains when a larger color palette or ease of installation is required. Preventing free-moisture migration and increased surface abrasion resistance along with no VOC/VOS content were just a few of the benefits that led Landworks Studio to specify the Bomanite product. Used in conjunction with the Bomanite Sandscape Texture Exposed Aggregate System, specifically designed for outdoor applications provided a palette of slip-resistant consistent texture and durable hardscape.

Award Winning Decorative Concrete

Musselman & Hall Contractors, LLC earned the 2020 Best Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Systems Project Silver Award for this $2.5 Million Park Rehabilitation using the Bomanite Sandscape Texture Exposed Aggregate System with Bomanite Con-Color creating a colorful decorative concrete splash pad for everyone to enjoy now and into the future at the Community Park.

Premier Concrete Services Provides Educational Element for Centennial Center Park with Bomanite Decorative Concrete Systems

Centennial Center Park is an 11-acre City owned All-Weather Park that is located adjacent to the Centennial Civic Center and continues to be a destination for visitors throughout the state of Colorado. Along with traditional park structures, Center Park features various historical and educational elements. The park’s theme is “100 Years of History, 10,000 years of Human Habitation”. The family-friendly park includes amenities such as a large green amphitheater, educational and unique play areas, three simulated-stone climbing walls,  a large picnic shelter building with a fireplace, a coffee house, and areas that have information peppered throughout about the state in the form of educational boulders and decorative concrete hardscapes that include sandblasted text and graphics about Colorado history.

Centennial Center Park located in Colorado is an educational source with a play park that incorporates several Bomanite Decorative Concrete Systems used to inform visitors about the history of Cherry Creek Basin and was installed by Bomanite Licensee Premier Concrete Services.Bomanite Licensee, Premier Concrete Services had the privilege to be able to showcase their decorative concrete craftsmanship in this beautiful unique park.  Working with Turner Construction to make the Landscape Architect’s, Design Concepts, plans come to fruition for the city of Centennial, several Bomanite Systems were chosen for the hardscape. Intricate areas of the park incorporate a mix of Bomanite Imprinted Slate Texture pattern that surrounds bands of Bomanite Sandscape Texture and Bomanite Revealed Glass Exposed Aggregate Systems. The Bomanite Imprinted Texture was also incorporated into seat walls for relaxing with family and learning about history.

The main plaza showcases the historical timeline of the Cherry Creek Basin, including fun facts and a map of the Cherry Creek Watershed. The Bomanite Revealed Exposed Aggregate System uses 4 different colors of glass creating a concrete river running through the park. Bomanite Revealed™ is a sustainable finishing option that incorporates a unique binder and color blending process with specialty aggregates that works for projects requiring a highly decorative and durable finish.

Centennial Center Park located in Colorado is an educational source with a play park that incorporates several Bomanite Decorative Concrete Systems used to inform visitors about the history of Cherry Creek Basin and was installed by Bomanite Licensee Premier Concrete Services.The amphitheater’s design incorporates elements that represent the four periods of human history: Lithic, Archaic, Formative, and Classic. The “Colorado Statehood Walk” displays interesting facts about Colorado, while the “Viewfinder Walk” is an interactive trivia challenge that takes visitors on a quest throughout the Park– highlighting unique points of interests both inside and outside of the Park. Bomanite Sandscape Texture Exposed Aggregate an architectural concrete finishing option that utilizes specialized concrete mix designs containing select sands and aggregates was the choice for the sandblasted graphics and text in corresponding colors that provided the informational content.

Centennial Center Park located in Colorado is an educational source with a play park that incorporates several Bomanite Decorative Concrete Systems used to inform visitors about the history of Cherry Creek Basin and was installed by Bomanite Licensee Premier Concrete Services.Offering creative designs and coloring options, Bomanite Sandscape Texture produces consistent texture and durable hardscapes that were desirable for the Center Park design. Natural stone such as granite, quartz or marble along with unique aggregates such as recycled glass (used for the concrete river and accents throughout the park) or porcelain are common aggregates of choice for Bomanite Revealed installations. The natural non-skid properties and abrasion resistant aggregates make both Bomanite Revealed and Bomanite Sandscape Texture the perfect choice for entries, municipal or public works projects, hospitals, educational facilities, museums, pool decks, plazas and more.

Not just a place to play, but also a place to learn, Centennial Center Park is a treasure-trove of history and trivia earning them several awards with Premier Concrete Services receiving the 2019 Bronze Award – Best Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Project Under 6,000 Sq Ft. The scope of work included over 1,700 sf of Bomanite Imprinted concrete and over 3,400 sf of Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Systems.

The Bomanite Decorative Concrete Systems offer a variety of modernized mixes and an unlimited palette of colors, textures and aggregate options to choose from, providing cost-effective solutions that are more durable than ever for your creative artistic expression!

Style, Function, Durability Lead to Gold Award for Musselman & Hall Contractors Residence Condominiums Renovated Entrance

The Residence Condominiums is a full-service hi-rise housing development located in Clayton, Mo that offers a 24-hour doorman, beautiful common spaces, guest suites, heated secure garage for those winter months, a large inviting swimming pool and private party room for some of their amenities. A top selling feature is the location, walkable to downtown that has a collection of boutiques, galleries, hotels and restaurants known throughout the region.

Residence Condominiums in Clayton, MO installed the best of the Bomanite systems using Bomanite Imprinted Concrete with the Bomanite Sandscape Texture Finish to create a beautiful stylish functional driveway and entryway installed by Musselman & Hall Contractors, LLCThe condominium ownership approached Bomanite Licensee, Musselman & Hall Contractors, LLC about updating and replacing their aging pavement at the front entrance driveway. The object was to source a product that would be low-maintenance and have longevity. After meeting with the Board Members, reviewing sample products and systems a plan of action was decided. A Bomanite Imprinted Concrete Pattern with an Exposed Aggregate Finish was chosen for style and functionality. Musselman & Hall Contractors replaced the vehicular portion with 6” concrete pavement integrally colored with Bomanite Light Copper. The 3,750 square foot area was imprinted with the Bomacron English Sidewalk Slate stamp and given a light exposed Bomanite Sandscape Texture finish to complete the sophisticated parking pavement design. The stamped pattern with exposed aggregate Sandscape finish was chosen due to the nature that a pre-worn finish would not show the wear from traffic nor need constant resealing to look fresh.

Residence Condominiums in Clayton, MO installed the best of the Bomanite systems using Bomanite Imprinted Concrete with the Bomanite Sandscape Texture Finish to create a beautiful stylish functional driveway and entryway installed by Musselman & Hall Contractors, LLCAlong with the parking area Musselman & Hall Contractors also replaced 1,700 square feet of the entry sidewalk that leads to the main entrance for a chic complementary transition. Bomanite Cafe Au Lait Integral Color was chosen for the concrete bands and Bomanite Franciscan Red Color Hardener for the expanse of the walkway to correspond with the existing brick exterior colors. The Bomacron Slate Texture imprint with hand tooled joints for precision of placement of design were used throughout the space. The main walkway now boasts a sleek updated pathway for guests and homeowners.

Residence Condominiums in Clayton, MO installed the best of the Bomanite systems using Bomanite Imprinted Concrete with the Bomanite Sandscape Texture Finish to create a beautiful stylish functional driveway and entryway installed by Musselman & Hall Contractors, LLCThe Bomanite Exposed Aggregate line of products and systems have a built-in long-life span as well as the long standing Bomanite Imprint Systems, both known for their robust durability. Bomanite Sandscape Texture is the product of choice for projects requiring a decorative and durable finish alternative to traditional concrete paving that provides an increased surface and slip resistance benefit. The natural non-skid properties and abrasion resistant aggregates make Bomanite Sandscape Texture the perfect choice for all residential and commercial exterior concrete applications including entries, municipal or public works projects, hospitals, educational facilities, museums, pool decks, plazas and more. Combined with the Bomanite Imprint Systems, the Bomanite Sandscape Texture finish is a robust, sustainable option where low maintenance, slip resistance and a decorative concrete surface is desired; delivering the best of both Bomanite Decorative Concrete products and systems!

Musselman & Hall Contractors, LLC showcased their creativity, quality and craftsmanship with the installation of the Residence Condominiums driveway and entryway earning them the GOLD Award for the Best Bomanite Imprint Systems Project.