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Premier Concrete Construction Completes Classy Upgrade of Historic Theater

Premier Concrete Construction installs Bomanite Modena TG Epoxy Terrazzo at historic theater.Colonial Theater Keene, located in Keene, NH, is like a Grand Old Lady edging closer and closer to her 100th Birthday in 2024.  Last year she received much more than just a cosmetic facelift, it was more like a rebirth and not just a renovation using decorative concrete, without losing the integrity of her Historic look and charm.  To not violate any of the city of Keene’s Historic District standards, the building’s exterior was untouched.  The interior of the theatre has been made much more spacious.  Executive Director of the Colonial Theater Alec Doyle said, “What used to be a very narrow or what I call ‘bowling alley’ kind of lobby is now completely opened up to the north and south of the building. We’ve increased the size of the lobby by about four times.”  In conjunction with the project designer Weller & Michal Architects, the main contractor DEW Construction selected Bomanite licensee Premier Concrete Construction to complete and realize the vision of the renovation.  Dew Construction was familiar with the expertise and craftsmanship of Premier Concrete Construction’s projects using Bomanite Toppings Systems and Bomanite Custom Polishing Systems.

Premier Concrete Construction installs Bomanite Modena TG Epoxy Terrazzo at historic theater.

 

 

The lobby was not only enlarged, but it is also now handicapped accessible, while retaining the style and color scheme of the original theater.  The increased lobby space allows room for a new concessions bar that has been added to the inside of the theatre.  Doyle said, “We consciously retrieved and protected a number of the interesting historical architectural pieces.”  Some of those pieces include the original ticketing cages, which are now on display on the concessions side of the lobby.  Patrons feel like it is a perfect place for a selfie.  Like many of the “accent pieces” saved for display, the old ticketing cages reflect the original gold and beige colors of the theater and include original muse motifs.

 

 

Supply Chain Bites Construction Schedule

Premier Concrete Construction installs Bomanite Modena TG Epoxy Terrazzo at historic theater.

 

 

 

 

When sourcing the materials from the original specifications, Premier Concrete Construction was confronted with major supply chain issues and was told that nothing would be available until five months after the job was scheduled to begin.  Instead, Premier Concrete Construction created and resubmitted samples, which were approved.  They ran into the same supply chain issues with the precast cove suppliers, so they opted to set up their own shop and precast over 300LF of cove base and the full set of stairs and risers per specification.  They once again demonstrated why they are the concrete company of choice in demanding decorative concrete situations and scenarios.  They pride themselves in their craftsmanship, creativity, and competent ability to solve problems.

Premier Concrete Construction installs Bomanite Modena TG Epoxy Terrazzo at historic theater.

 

Premier Concrete Construction chose Bomanite Custom Polishing Systems using Bomanite Modena TG Epoxy Terrazzo with two colors and a diamond strip pattern as per the specifications.   Bomanite Modena TG is renowned for its characteristics because it is highly durable including the color, has low lifecycle cost, has excellent abrasion resistance, has a wide variety and size of aggregates, offers a range of aggregate exposure, has a wide color selection to choose from, is integrally colored, and has a highly decorative appearance.  It is an engineered polymer-modified cementitious interior floor topping that is bonded to the surface of cured concrete and can transform ordinary concrete into beautiful decorative flooring.  Once cured, Bomanite Modena TG is ground to expose the desired amounts of aggregate, then polished to the required gloss level and treated with a Bomanite stain resist.  Unlike comparable terrazzo flooring, Bomanite Modena TG is designed specifically to be polished with a fine aggregate gradation similar to that of concrete.

Award Winning Decorative Concrete

Premier Concrete Construction installs Bomanite Modena TG Epoxy Terrazzo at historic theater.Premier Concrete Construction earned the 2021 Best Bomanite Custom Polishing Systems Project Gold Award for this inspirational transformation of a very old landmark.  Concrete is what you make of it, and the same can be said of community.  The grand reopening of the theater was held on March 29, 2022.  The Colonial Theater Keene posted a Facebook page with pictures complete with balloons.  The comments included: “Wow”, “Gorgeous”, and “Looks awesome”.  On the day before the opening, they posted a wide-angle camera shot and said, “The lobby is OPEN! Free popcorn. Delicious ice cream from Stonewall Farm. Live music. And chances to win tickets, or even a $500 Colonial gift card!”  The excitement and enthusiasm from the surrounding community has been palpable and they are not disappointed.  The new decorative concrete flooring, the stairs, and the cove base throughout, will enhance the beauty, the enjoyment, and the longevity of this historic theatre well into her next 100 years.

Premier Concrete Construction installs Bomanite Modena TG Epoxy Terrazzo at historic theater.

Mall Makeover by Architectural Concrete & Design Exceeds Expectations for Over a Decade

Architectural Concrete and Design installs Bomanite Toppings System to renovate Valley Fair Mall’s interior concourse, replacing outdated tile with a stunning stamped overlay.Valley Fair Mall in West Valley City, Utah offers over 830,000 square feet of shopping, dining, and entertainment with over 120 retail stores and delicious dining options to explore.  In 2012, Bomanite Licensee Architectural Concrete & Design Inc. undertook a 70,000 square foot concrete makeover within Valley Fair Mall, retrofitting the concourse with a stampable topping system.  This system was to be installed over the existing ceramic tile to save time, money, and eliminate the mess of ripping up the tile.

Family owned and one of the first Bomanite Licensees in the nation, Architectural Concrete & Design has installed a wide variety of hardscapes for commercial, residential, and municipal projects.  This interior mall project was a new venture for Devin Johnson, the company’s Vice President, who collaborated with Bomanite’s Technical Services Division to develop the application procedures that would ensure that this Bomanite Toppings System could be placed directly over the existing tile.

Bomanite Systems

Bomanite Thin-Set is a specially formulated polymer-modified topping mix that can be imprinted and will bond to any stable, structurally sound substrate.  It is typically installed at 3/8-inch thick and can be feathered to almost a zero edge.  Bomanite Thin-Set is as an extremely effective alternative to demolishing an existing substrate and can be exposed to traffic quickly, which was a priority for this job as the work performed on the expansive 70,000 plus square-foot concourse could not be completed during normal working hours or block daily access to any store in the mall.

Architectural Concrete and Design installs Bomanite Toppings System to renovate Valley Fair Mall’s interior concourse, replacing outdated tile with a stunning stamped overlay.
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Architectural Concrete and Design installs Bomanite Toppings System to renovate Valley Fair Mall’s interior concourse, replacing outdated tile with a stunning stamped overlay.
2022

The process selected used aggressive surface preparation followed by a 100% solids epoxy primer broadcasted to rejection with silica sand to create a mechanical bond for the overlay.  After this process, the crew would on the next night apply a scratch coat of Thin-Set II followed by a screeded 3/8-inch thick layer of Thin-Set II, that was then imprinted with one of four Bomanite imprint patterns used throughout the mall.

Architectural Concrete and Design installs Bomanite Toppings System to renovate Valley Fair Mall’s interior concourse, replacing outdated tile with a stunning stamped overlay.
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Architectural Concrete and Design installs Bomanite Toppings System to renovate Valley Fair Mall’s interior concourse, replacing outdated tile with a stunning stamped overlay.
2022

After this part of the process was complete each morning, the crew would lay down a section of breathable landscape fabric over the affected entrances and rope off everything they had stamped.  The timing had to be precise so that the stamped area had time to dry and could withstand foot traffic.  After large sections of flooring were textured, secondary coloring and sealing were undertaken prior to turning over the fully finished floors to the mall.

Architectural Concrete and Design installs Bomanite Toppings System to renovate Valley Fair Mall’s interior concourse, replacing outdated tile with a stunning stamped overlay.
2012
Architectural Concrete and Design installs Bomanite Toppings System to renovate Valley Fair Mall’s interior concourse, replacing outdated tile with a stunning stamped overlay.
2022

Design Upgrade

Featured throughout the concourse is Bomanite Basketweave Used Brick that was integrally colored with Bomanite Brick Red as well as Bomacron Random Slate in Shale Gray.  To create visual breaks, an 8-inch English Slate Texture border in Sand was created with some areas featuring straight lines while other areas feature a free-flowing design.  To create even more variety, the Bomanite 12-inch Boardwalk pattern with Sonora Tan Color Hardener was used to enhance the mall’s roundabout and accent other selected areas.

Architectural Concrete and Design installs Bomanite Toppings System to renovate Valley Fair Mall’s interior concourse, replacing outdated tile with a stunning stamped overlay.
2022
Architectural Concrete and Design installs Bomanite Toppings System to renovate Valley Fair Mall’s interior concourse, replacing outdated tile with a stunning stamped overlay.
2022

Then and Now

Architectural Concrete and Design installs Bomanite Toppings System to renovate Valley Fair Mall’s interior concourse, replacing outdated tile with a stunning stamped overlay.The Valley Fair Mall makeover was perfectly suited to use an overlay, allowing the mall owners to avoid a messy and more costly demolition route.  Architectural Concrete & Design expertly installed Bomanite Thin-Set II in combination with Bomanite Imprint Systems to renovate and recreate the mall’s design aesthetic.  The “proof is in the pudding” when we say Bomanite Architectural Concrete Systems are top notch; Bomanite Licensed Installers provide the expertise and proficiency to create long-lasting, durable, and beautifully decorative flooring options.

A decade has passed since Architectural Concrete & Design successfully installed the Bomanite Toppings System and imprint patterns.  While their decorative concrete prowess provided a stunning decorative concrete layout that impressed patrons and exceeded the mall owner’s expectations, the long-lasting results still stand out as a feature piece inside the mall.  Not only did Architectural Concrete & Design produce a product with durability and longevity, but they added distinct decorative detail that showcases quality of work and superior design that has and will continue to stand the test of time.

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

 

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.”

 

 

Texas Bomanite Provides Stunning Bomanite Modena SL Polished Concrete Flooring System for Brownsville International Airport

The Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport is the newest major airport in Brownsville, TX. With quick access to the Gulf of Mexico and US Interstate Highway, this airport serves as a strategic hub for all international and domestic airlines, as well as private aviation operations and continues to grow and support the expanding community.

Brownsville International Airport Renovates Passenger Terminal with Bomanite Modena SL Custom Polished Concrete in Nickel Gray installed by Texas Bomanite Licensed ContractorIn developing the buildout of a new passenger terminal Corgan Architects along with Jacobs Engineering developed new design elements and an aesthetic overhaul that reflects the region and culture of Brownsville. Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport was formerly designated as the headquarters of Pan American’s Western Division in the 1930s. The airport made history establishing the first international Airmail Service when Charles Lindbergh landed in Brownsville in 1929 after a historic flight from Mexico City. The city then became a pioneer training center for teaching pilots to fly with navigation instruments only.

The new two-story, 89,000-square-foot building utilizes the latest terminal design features and amenities that include designing and constructing a new four-gate terminal and a Federal Inspection Services (FIS) Facility for commercial and general aviation, replacing the existing facility built-in 1971. Previously restricted to regional aircraft, the project now allows the airport to accommodate larger aircraft and is designed for a future terminal expansion with expected increased air travel.

Brownsville International Airport Renovates Passenger Terminal with Bomanite Modena SL Custom Polished Concrete in Nickel Gray installed by Texas Bomanite Licensed ContractorWhen it came to renovating and revitalizing the airport, Corgan wanted to make sure that the city’s unique history was represented in all design aspects. Corgan worked with Bomanite Licensee, Texas Bomanite, starting in December 2017 on the initial design, several 6” x 6” concrete samples of different gray tones and finishes were a must-have to a make sure the airport flooring would provide as much as an insightful impact as the surrounding structures. Working in close proximity to Corgan’s office allowed for several larger-scale mock-ups to be seen in person at Texas Bomanite’s facility. Ultimately polished concrete was chosen for its long-term durability and low maintenance. Texas Bomanite contracted through the winning bid GC SpawGlass Contractors to provide 42,300 square feet of the Bomanite Modena SL polished concrete system; an installation that finalized in December 2020.

Brownsville International Airport Renovates Passenger Terminal with Bomanite Modena SL Custom Polished Concrete in Nickel Gray installed by Texas Bomanite Licensed ContractorThe final color of choice was Nickle Gray Bomanite Modena SL, used throughout the ticketing area, TSA Security Checkpoints as well as the upper floors for Boarding. Texas Bomanite provided the ultimate solution to the early design concerns for finding an acceptable concrete finish for the existing structural slab. The polished concrete floor in gray complimented the stainless steel borders seen throughout the terminal. Precast stair treads were also created with the Bomanite Modena SL system for a cohesive design. Bomanite Modena SL is a versatile engineered interior polymer modified cementitious topping that is blended with selected aggregates and then ground and polished to the desired gloss level. The new terminal floors were prepped with 24-40 metal bond diamonds and a rapid set epoxy primer with sanding to refusal prior to installing the Bomanite polished concrete system. Polished to a final 800 Grit with Bomanite Stabilizer Poly Pro and Bomanite VitraFinish provided for a solid surface with superior stain resistance. Metzger McGuire RS-88 in warm stone was used for the joint filler to complete the overall custom decorative concrete flooring for the Brownsville International Airport.

Brownsville International Airport Renovates Passenger Terminal with Bomanite Modena SL Custom Polished Concrete in Nickel Gray installed by Texas Bomanite Licensed ContractorThe Modena system is a low-cost alternative for renovation projects and provides the durability and strength for this exceptionally long lifespan system. With the Bomanite Modena SL systems ability to be installed over concrete or properly prepared wood substrates, with cove base and stair components generally pre-cast, it made for the perfect complement to the overall design elements and architectural plans. Having the industry’s lowest lifecycle costs, low to zero VOC and minimal maintenance requirements, Bomanite Modena SL was the optimal choice for Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport and earned Texas Bomanite the 2020 Best Custom Polishing Systems Project Bronze Award.

Premier Concrete Construction Emphasizes Sponsorship Stars with Bomanite Modena TG Polished Concrete

The Jaffrey Park Theatre has a long history that began in 1922. The Park Theatre was the center of community life as a movie and vaudeville house for 54 years and in 1976 became a retail store and warehouse. In 2005 The Park Theatre Corporation decided to purchase the building and renovate the historical site. Almost 20 years later The Park Theatre has been rejuvenated and ready to provide artistic, cultural, entertainment and educational programs and activities for the residents of and visitors to the communities of the Monadnock Region of New Hampshire.

Premier Concrete Construction brought to life the Hollywood walk of fame in the main lobby of the Jaffrey Park Theatre with a sleek dark Bomanite Renaissance Polished Concrete Floor as the background to the Golden Stars engraved with donor names in brilliant blue created with the Bomanite Modena TG system.The Park Theatre was rebuilt as a sustainable, state-of-the-art film and performing arts center, featuring two auditoriums and presenting movies, live theatre, including children’s productions, concerts, live acts, lectures and symposiums as well as a venue for community and business gatherings.

Premier Concrete Construction brought to life the Hollywood walk of fame in the main lobby of the Jaffrey Park Theatre with a sleek dark Bomanite Renaissance Polished Concrete Floor as the background to the Golden Stars engraved with donor names in brilliant blue created with the Bomanite Modena TG system.Calling up BKA Architects, The Park Theatre Corporation requested that the building façade use an Art Deco period design to recapture an element of sentimentality for the 1920s era and as homage to the original theatre with the founder’s home on top. With the design intent, they knew they wanted a polished exposed concrete floor and when the time came in February 2019, the architect reached out to Bomanite Licensee, Premier Concrete Construction, LLC to discuss the possibilities. With little under 5,000 square feet to work with, Premier Concrete met with Caroline K. Hollister, Trustee, President and Treasurer of The Park Theatre and Matt Pelletier of BKA Architects at their Boston Decorative Concrete Showroom. It was at the showroom that the clients learned of the different textures and colors of concrete.

Premier Concrete Construction brought to life the Hollywood walk of fame in the main lobby of the Jaffrey Park Theatre with a sleek dark Bomanite Renaissance Polished Concrete Floor as the background to the Golden Stars engraved with donor names in brilliant blue created with the Bomanite Modena TG system.An important design element was the star sponsorships, each donor over $10,000 received a star with their name engraved such like the California Hollywood Walk of Fame. The Bomanite Custom Polishing System Renaissance was the choice for the main lobby entrance flooring, in a dark black color, to provide a background that would make the golden stars pop off the floor. In order to achieve the deep dark color, Premier Concrete created a custom Raven Black Integral Color. Using Bomanite Integral Color provides for uniformity of color throughout the depth of the Concrete while producing durability and longevity of the concrete itself. During the polishing process Black Concrete Dye was added to the top of the colored slab to achieve the deepest darkest color possible.

Premier Concrete Construction brought to life the Hollywood walk of fame in the main lobby of the Jaffrey Park Theatre with a sleek dark Bomanite Renaissance Polished Concrete Floor as the background to the Golden Stars engraved with donor names in brilliant blue created with the Bomanite Modena TG system.Premier Concrete crafted a solid solution for creating the stars with a molded form that was placed before the concrete was poured. Once the field of Black concrete was set and polished, forms were removed and a formulation of Bomanite Modena TG, a modern terrazzo like mix, filled the voids. The Bomanite Modena TG Bomanite Custom Polishing System used 3 different colors of yellow glass in 3 differing sizes along with touches of mirror glass to provide the bright golden contrast against the Black backdrop. Once set, each donors name was engraved into the star and displayed with a metallic epoxy for some old-world Hollywood glamour.

Premier Concrete Construction brought to life the Hollywood walk of fame in the main lobby of the Jaffrey Park Theatre with a sleek dark Bomanite Renaissance Polished Concrete Floor as the background to the Golden Stars engraved with donor names in brilliant blue created with the Bomanite Modena TG system.Prior to the work being started, several samples of contrasting color palettes were created and shown to the clients as well as onsite mockups. Determining the best plan to bring the Park Theatre’s vision to life was critical to the success of the space and intent of design. Premier Concrete’s showroom allowed for the clients to learn more about the possibilities of Bomanite Decorative Concrete. Samples provided the clients with ease of mind and a visual to a stunning end result.

This grand project won Premier Concrete Construction the 2020 Silver Award for the Best Bomanite Custom Polishing System Project. With Premier Concrete’s quality of work and creativity, The Park Theatre now showcases a distinct decorative detail while providing a dynamic regional center for the arts and entertainment as well as an artistic meeting place for the community.

Bomanite Decorative Concrete Annual Awards Announced

Bomanite is pleased to present the Annual Decorative Concrete Project Award winners! The Bomanite Company held their Virtual Annual Conference in March of this year, presenting marketing opportunities, new products, licensee project discussions and technically advanced applications, concluding with the announcement of the Bomanite Annual Project Award Winners. We truly missed seeing everyone in person this year but look forward to next year’s conference where our concrete craftsmen will gather to learn hands on new trade techniques, business strategies and exchange ideas with Bomanite Licensees from around the world.

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

Heritage Bomanite Fresno CA installed a custom Bomanite Modena SL polished concrete floor with Brass Terrazzo Strips for the High-End Viceroy Hotel Santa Monica CA earning them a Gold Award at the Bomanite Decorative Concrete Annual Awards ProgramHeritage Bomanite, Fresno CA, received the Bomanite Outstanding System Project GRAND AWARD for their innovative work on the Viceroy Hotel, Santa Monica CA. Using our established Bomanite Custom Polishing Modena SL System with unique inlays of Brass Terrazzo Strips defined the hi-end unique designs that are recognizable in all of the Viceroy destinations. The Viceroy Santa Monica renovation project also earned Heritage Bomanite the GOLD AWARD for the Best Bomanite Custom Polishing Systems Project.

Musselman and Hall Kansas City MO installed a Custom Hexagon Boardwalk pattern at the Aquarium at the Boardwalk in Branson MO earning them a Gold Award at the Bomanite Decorative Concrete Annual Awards ProgramBomanite Licensee Musselman & Hall Contractors, LLC, Kansas City MO, received two GOLD AWARDS, the first being the Best Bomanite Imprint Systems Project GOLD AWARD for the Aquarium at the Boardwalk in Branson MO. Using the Bomanite Imprint Systems Musselman & Hall worked with PGAV Destinations in creating a custom Hexagon Boardwalk pattern with Custom Radius Boardwalk boards that snake around the entrance to the Aquarium. Broadcasted Mirrored glass gives the path an extra sparkle.

Musselman and Hall Kansas City MO installed an alternation pattern of Bomanite Micro-Top XT and Bomanite Micro-Top ST in two different Gray Patterns for the Kansas City Cerner Campus earning them a Gold Award at the Bomanite Decorative Concrete Annual Awards ProgramThe second, Best Bomanite Toppings Systems Project GOLD AWARD was earned for Musselman & Hall’s work on the Cerner Campus in Kansas City. Musselman & Hall was called upon to upscale the front entrance concrete. They ultimately decided on an alternating mix of applications of the Bomanite Toppings Systems Micro-Top XT in Nickel Gray with a broom finish and Bomanite Micro-Top ST finish in French Gray that replicates the window and sheathing pattern on the buildings.

Bomanite of Tulsa, Inc. Tulsa OK installed a custom Bomanite Revealed Exposed Aggregate System with colors of White, Red, Yellow and Black Aggregates along with the Bomanite Sandscape Texture Exposed Aggregate System in Autumn Brown to identify with the Choctaw Cultural Center’s Heritage earning them a Gold Award at the Bomanite Decorative Concrete Annual Awards ProgramBomanite of Tulsa, Inc. Tulsa OK, received the Best Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Systems Project GOLD AWARD for their brilliant work on the Choctaw Cultural Center and Museum. Applications of Bomanite Revealed in white, red, yellow and black and the Bomanite Sandscape Texture system in Autumn Brown, were laid out in a pattern significant to the Choctaw Nation. The Choctaw Cultural Center welcomes all visitors to explore the rich history, culture, and experiences of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and its community and now have a rich and beautiful Bomanite Decorative Concrete Interior entry area.

A list is below for additional awards that were given for Silver, Bronze and Honorable Mention categories. To view all the winners and their amazing projects, please click here.

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

2020 List of Bomanite Award Winners

Bomanite Imprint Systems

  • BRONZE: Bomanite of Wisconsin – Direct Supply, Milwaukee WI – Bomacron Pattern: Running Bond Used Brick
  • SILVER:  Colorado Hardscapes – Monarch Black Hawk Casino, Black Hawk CO – Bomacron Pattern: English Sidewalk Slate Texture with Sandscape Texture Exposed Aggregate System
  • GOLD:  Musselman & Hall Contractors – Aquarium at the Boardwalk, Branson MO – Bomacron Pattern: Custom Hexagon Boardwalk, Custom Curved Boardwalk

Bomanite Specialty Project

  • HONORABLE MENTION: Edwards Concrete – Orlando Health Care Courtyard, Ocoee FL – Bomanite Revealed Exposed Aggregate System

Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Systems

  • HONORABLE MENTION: Texas Bomanite – Veterans Memorial Plaza, Carrollton TX – Bomanite Sandscape Refined Antico Exposed Aggregate System
  • HONORABLE MENTION: Musselman & Hall Contractors – Parkway Condos, Overland Park, MO – Bomanite Sandscape Texture Exposed Aggregate System
  • HONORABLE MENTION: Bomanite of Tulsa, Inc. – Private Residence, Tulsa OK – Bomanite Revealed and Bomanite Alloy Exposed Aggregate Systems
  • BRONZE: Architectural Concrete & Design – Icon Apartments – Bozeman MT – Bomanite Revealed and Bomanite Sandscape Texture Exposed Aggregate Systems
  • SILVER:  Musselman & Hall Contractors – Community Park – Jefferson City MO – Bomanite Sandscape Texture Exposed Aggregate System with Bomanite Con-Color
  • GOLD: Bomanite of Tulsa, Inc. – Choctaw Cultural Center, Durant OK – Bomanite Revealed and Bomanite Sandscape Texture Exposed Aggregate Systems

Bomanite Patène Artectura Project

  • HONORABLE MENTION: Shepherds Construction Co. – Monon over 38th Street, Indianapolis IN – Bomanite Coloration Systems Patène Artectura with Bomanite Chemical Stain and Bomanite Concrete Dye

Bomanite Toppings Systems

  • SILVER: Colorado Hardscapes – Charles Schwab Lone Tree Campus, Denver CO – Bomanite Toppings Systems Micro-Top ST, Bomacron Pattern English Sidewalk Slate, Bomanite Sandscape Texture Exposed Aggregate System
  • GOLD: Musselman & Hall Contractors – Cerner Entrance Resurfaced, Kansas City MO – Bomanite Topping Systems Micro-Top XT and Micro-Top ST

Bomanite Custom Polishing Systems

  • HONORABLE MENTION: Musselman & Hall Contractors – Eureka Elementary, Eureka MO – Bomanite Renaissance Custom Polishing System
  • HONORABLE MENTION: Concrete Arts, Inc. – Target East Lake Street, Minneapolis MN – Bomanite Patène Teres Custom Polishing System
  • HONORABLE MENTION: Texas Bomanite – Lake Belton High School, Belton TX – Bomanite VitraFlor with Broadcast Aggregates, Bomanite Alloy Exposed Aggregate, Bomanite Toppings Systems Micro-Top Logos
  • BRONZE: Texas Bomanite – Brownsville International Airport, Brownsville TX – Bomanite Modena SL Custom Polishing System
  • SILVER: Premier Concrete Construction, LLC – The Park Theatre, Jaffrey NH – Bomanite Modena Terrazzo Custom Polishing System
  • GOLD: Heritage Bomanite – Viceroy Hotel, Santa Monica CA – Bomanite Modena SL Custom Polishing System

 Bomanite Outstanding GRAND AWARD

  • GRAND AWARD: Heritage Bomanite – Viceroy Hotel, Santa Monica CA – Bomanite Modena SL Custom Polishing System

Bomanite June Newsletter 2020

Bomanite June Newsletter 2020

GRAIN VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL RENOVATES WITH BOMANITE MODENA SL POLISHED CONCRETE FLOORS

With school out for the summer that leaves room for designers and contractors to have more readily available access for specified improvements and upgrades. Growing School Districts looking to restyle, update or renovate can trust the Bomanite Modena SL system for low maintenance and cost saving benefits. The Grain Valley High School originally built in the late 1990s finished its phase 4 expansion to accommodate its rapidly growing student body. Expansion brought much needed instructional and collaboration space, a game changer for students. With a large amount of community support, the School took into consideration the need to provide a low maintenance flooring with an element of design to embody the schools colors and team spirit…..READ MORE

 

INFINITE CAMPUS CREATES NATURAL BEACH FEEL WITH BOMANITE MODENA MONOLITHIC AND RENAISSANCE

Infinite Campus is the largest U.S. owned K-12 student information management firm that is nestled among natural wetlands and a city park. Wanting to allow views to the exterior natural elements, the Finn Daniels Architect firm made sure the design incorporated architectural precast concrete wall panels, a glass curtain wall, and metal panels to provide views as well as creating an energy efficient building. The interior features open work spaces, two story garden elements with crossing bridges, a central rotunda, training rooms, and a full food service cafeteria

When planning the cafeteria, the owner, Infinite Campus and Finn Daniels Architects wanted a free-flowing design that would complement existing epoxy terrazzo floors and carpet. The area needed to work with the natural elements already set and required low maintenance with a reflective sheen. During the conceptual stage the design team determined that the decorative concrete indoor flooring project should emulate the feeling of a sandy beach or shoreline which would shimmer and glisten like shells and sea glass in the sun. Bomanite Licensee Concrete Arts, Inc. provided the natural beach look by installing the Bomanite Custom Polishing Systems with Bomanite Modena Monolithic for the winding middle sea shell area and Bomanite Renaissance Deep Grind for the shoreline perimeter… READ MORE

Bomanite Newsletter showcases Grain Valley High School and Infinite Campuses using the Bomanite Modena Systems

Musselman & Hall Provide Grand Winning Bomanite Polished Concrete for Grain Valley High School

With school out for the summer that leaves room for designers and contractors to have more readily available access for specified improvements and upgrades. Growing School Districts looking to restyle, update or renovate can trust the Bomanite Modena SL system for low maintenance and cost saving benefits. The Grain Valley High School originally built in the late 1990s finished its phase 4 expansion to accommodate its rapidly growing student body. Expansion brought much needed instructional and collaboration space, a game changer for students. With a large amount of community support, the School took into consideration the need to provide a low maintenance flooring with an element of design to embody the schools colors and team spirit.

Grain Valley High School worked with Hollis + Miller Architects to renovate and expand their rapidly growing community and enlisted Musselman & Hall Contractors to install the Bomanite Modena SL Custom Polishing System for their main entrance and hallways with a blue glass and mirror glass mix of aggregates.Hollis + Miller Architects worked with Bomanite Decorative Concrete Licensee, Musselman & Hall Contractors, LLC on several other past projects and knew that they could come up with a custom winning design. They searched through a number of samples, library binders, created idea boards and pulled together a combination of polished concrete and different aggregates that would give the students academia pride in their newly expanded school.

Grain Valley High School worked with Hollis + Miller Architects to renovate and expand their rapidly growing community and enlisted Musselman & Hall Contractors to install the Bomanite Modena SL Custom Polishing System for their main entrance and hallways with a cream polished salt and pepper mix of aggregates.Phase 4 creates a new main entrance, media center, lecture hall, administration area, and courtyard for student use. The new entrance to the “Eagle Way” promenade is flanked by a huge monolithic concrete wall dressed out in the school colors of royal blue and white. The entrance’s 2,890 sq. ft. hallway contains two shades of vibrant blue glass aggregate and eye-catching pieces of sparkling mirror glass polished to a brilliant luster. After the concrete base slab was poured, it was topped with a two-inch thick Bomanite Modena SL topping slab, aggregates added and after a brief curing period the floor was then polished to the perfect grit and shine.

Grain Valley High School worked with Hollis + Miller Architects to renovate and expand their rapidly growing community and enlisted Musselman & Hall Contractors to install the Bomanite Modena SL Custom Polishing System for several sets of concrete steps with a three-line nose detail engraved into the concrete.Additionally, included in the project were 1,945 sq. ft. of a refined “cream polish” surface (Class A aggregate exposure with a Level 3 polish) and 4,335 sq. ft. of a perfect “salt and pepper” finish (Class B aggregate exposure with a Level 3 polish). Musselman & Hall crews also polished three sets of concrete steps with a three-line nose detail engraved into the concrete. The newly created grooves were filled with “Grain Valley Blue” epoxy to bring some school spirit and color into the Bomanite cream polished finish designed surface areas.

Grain Valley High School worked with Hollis + Miller Architects to renovate and expand their rapidly growing community and enlisted Musselman & Hall Contractors to install the Bomanite Modena SL Custom Polishing System for their main entrance and hallways with a blue glass and mirror glass mix of aggregates.The Bomanite Modena SL Custom Polishing System is an engineered interior cementitious topping that is blended with selected aggregates and then ground and polished to the desired gloss level. The Modena system transforms existing or worn surfaces into beautiful walkways, school hallways, showrooms, restaurants and lobbies and is available in a range of colors and patterns using decorative sawcuts. Additional topically applied stains and a variety of aggregates, such as recycled glass or porcelain along with regionally sourced materials, are all options in creating a beautifully designed, environmentally friendly and functional floor. The Modena system is a low-cost alternative for renovation projects and provides the durability and strength for this exceptionally long lifespan system. With the industry’s lowest lifecycle costs, low to zero VOC and minimal maintenance requirements, Modena by Bomanite Polished Concrete was the optimal choice for Grain Valley’s expansion and renovations.

Musselman & Hall Contractors, LLC received several awards for their exceptional work at Grain Valley High School. They were awarded the Bomanite Outstanding Grand Award as well as the Bomanite Custom Polishing Systems Gold Award. More than a century of construction heritage dating back to the late 1800’s distinguishes Musselman & Hall Contractors, LLC as one of the mid-west’s longest-standing general contractors. From railroads to roadways, through two world wars and building our nation’s infrastructure, Musselman & Hall Contractors, LLC has been a leader in horizontal construction of every scale. With offices in Kansas City, St. Louis and Wichita, today Musselman & Hall Contractors, LLC is perhaps best known for their work in architectural concrete where they apply Bomanite systems and products to help architects and contractors realize exceptional decorative flat work on high-profile projects such as the Sprint Center, Kauffman Stadium and The Legends at West Village.

Grain Valley High School worked with Hollis + Miller Architects to renovate and expand their rapidly growing community and enlisted Musselman & Hall Contractors to install the Bomanite Modena SL Custom Polishing System for their main entrance and hallways with a blue glass and mirror glass mix of aggregates.Musselman & Hall Contractors, LLC maintains a comprehensive Bomanite systems showroom at their Kansas City and St. Louis offices, which allows owners, designers and builders to see and feel each product first hand during design. A legacy of valuing long-term relationships over short-term profits has earned Musselman & Hall Contractors, LLC the trust and admiration of countless clients as the regional leader in exceptional construction.