What does a Leap of Faith look like? It begins with a situation like Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS) faced in April 2020. A $14 million building had been three years in the making and was yet to be built. With donations earmarked and targeted to cover the construction already in the bucket, the project was pending the issuance of city permits. The permitting process had been delayed because of incredibly significant growth in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The COVID pandemic struck March 15, 2020, and three weeks later the final permits from the city of Dallas were issued. Not knowing when things would get back to normal, the only logical conclusion was a Leap of Faith by DTS, and the building project started in May.
Dallas Theological Seminary is a highly esteemed and recognized seminary with locations all over the country and in Europe. Texas Bomanite was asked by the main contractor, Hill & Wilkinson, to provide Bomanite Custom Polishing Systems decorative concrete flooring throughout DTS’s new chapel and student center. Bomanite Polished concrete was selected so that it would remain both beautiful and durable against the high foot traffic the chapel and student building anticipated on a daily basis.
Beautiful Bomanite Custom Polishing Systems Define Durable Decorative Concrete
The patented technology of the Bomanite Custom Polishing System chemically reacts with the concrete to lock in the color, and the mechanical application closes the surface to keep out contaminants. One application, permanent results. Lustrous color, protected by a tight, beautiful sheen. The Bomanite Custom Polishing System offers exceptional resistance to slipping, abrasion and impact. Available in finishes from satin to gloss, finished surfaces also repel water and oil and are dust-proof. This finish does not require replacement, recoating, or waxing and thus is superior to limited-life coatings. The non-toxic, non-flammable and odorless application is environmentally friendly. And surface care is user-friendly as routine cleaning will maintain luster.
The Bomanite Custom Polishing VitraFlor System was chosen for this project. Texas Bomanite installed over 13,000 SF of (Class D – Large Aggregate Exposed) Bomanite Polished Concrete at an 800-Grit finish. Bomanite VitraFlor is ground to expose the desired amount of aggregate, then polished to the required gloss level and treated with Bomanite VitraFinish for protection. The primary benefit of Bomanite VitraFlor is the simplicity of installation and durability of the finished floor, lending to low-maintenance and long-term sustainable features. VitraFlor by Bomanite is intended primarily for new construction or major renovation projects. Now even ordinary concrete can live up to Bomanite’s promise that all concrete can be functional and stylish.
Bomanite Licensee Delivers During Difficult COVID Pandemic
Texas Bomanite, part of the distinguished Bomanite Licensee network, was established in 1987 and has since grown to become one of Texas’ largest and most respected architectural concrete contractors with offices in Dallas and Central Texas. They are renowned for their team of dedicated, talented, and professional concrete craftsman who collaborate closely with owners and designers to tailor an architectural concrete plan to budget and to specs. They complete projects especially during difficult construction scenarios. For Dallas Theological Seminary, it may have been a Leap of Faith to begin such a large construction project during the height of COVID, but the choice of Texas Bomanite to deliver the vision of the project was a certainty. Chafer Chapel and Student Life Center Live Cam
The staff at Hotel Drover in Fort Worth, TX, pride themselves in guaranteeing your stay will be unique, as no two of the 200 luxurious guest rooms are alike. This urban ranch oasis, an Autograph Collection Hotel by Marriott, embodies a rustic-luxe design throughout. The hotel is the anchor of the award-winning Mule Alley, an entertainment destination transformed from beautifully restored 100-year-old horse and mule barns. Offering an authentic glimpse of the American west, Mule Alley is part of the Stockyards Historic District featuring the world’s only twice-daily cattle drive on Exchange Ave., a carefully curated collection of restaurants, eateries, entertainment venues, shops, heritage brands, and creative workplaces.
Decorative Concrete Creates Unique Design
For Hotel Drover construction, Texas Bomanite, one of Texas’ largest and most respected architectural concrete contractors, was asked by Commerce Construction Co., LP to provide a decorative concrete floor throughout the hotel lobby, levels 1&2 of the offices, levels 2-6, the event barn area, outside the event barn restrooms, and stained concrete columns in the event barn. These are six different architectural areas, with six different specifications, but required an overall cohesive design aesthetic specification – no small task and no small challenge in a state that prides itself in everything being bigger.
The hotel lobby included 3,610 SF of 7/8” Modena SL with Chemical Stain – Gray Concrete Overlay that was later Acid Stained with Bomanite – Ebony Stain. The Ebony Acid Stain was diluted at two different percentages, 10% and 40%, to create the bands and fields as shown in the pictures. The overlays were sealed with a two-part polyurethane sealing system in a matte finish. The architect’s use of reclaimed wood to frame each of the decorative concrete flooring overlays adds another dimension of ambiance and intrigue to the outer bands of concrete surrounding the fields.
Levels 0, 2-6 consisted of 14,525 SF of sealed concrete flooring. Office levels 1&2 consisted of 3,962 SF of Bomanite Ebony acid stain and two-part polyurethane sealing system also in a matte finish. This compliments the chosen décor and creates a delightful work atmosphere. The decorative concrete flooring is alluring and allows the eyes to almost flow seamlessly through the space, with just enough shine to brighten anyone’s mood and lighten the daily workload.
The event barn bar was a total of 797 SF consisting of the same 7/8” Modena SL with Chemical Stain – Gray Concrete Overlay that was later Acid Stained with Bomanite – Ebony Stain and sealed the two-part polyurethane sealing system in a matte finish. Finally, 8 vertical columns in the event barn were stained to match the aesthetic of the rest of the space. The stain helps to accentuate both the height of the ceiling and the lower stone portions of the columns, and to tie the other design elements in the space together.
Bomanite Systems Allow Artistic Inspiration
Bomanite Toppings Systems includes Bomanite Patène Artectura, a unique coloration system applied topically. It turns your concrete into a “canvas” for creating an unlimited range of artistic possibilities that fit any budget, and any design criteria, from mild to wild. Bomanite Patène Artectura achieves dazzling design options that create one-of-a-kind floors, paving or precast options limited only by your imagination. As in this project, Bomanite Patène Artectura is also especially well-suited for both horizontal and vertical surfaces. It’s more versatile than you expect, and more economical than you think.
Award Winning Decorative Concrete
Texas Bomanite is known for their craftsmanship and their ability to deliver and exceed expectations of all project stakeholders. For this project they received the 2021 GRAND AWARD for Best Bomanite Patène Artectura Project. Every bucket list will now include Hotel Drover, an aspirational destination hotel experience like no other. The Hotel Drover exudes the Texas hospitality Fort Worth is known for. The decorative concrete, installed by Texas Bomanite, exemplifies the quality work of their team of specially trained artisans, which is an award-winning example of the Bomanite licensee network.
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 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 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.
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 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.
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
Lake Belton High School is a 385,000 square-foot campus located in Temple, Texas and includes various community, teaching, and athletic spaces. Known as the Home of the Broncos, this comprehensive high school was designed to support 2,500 students with key programming that includes science, athletics, performing and fine arts, an auditorium, and a core learning center. With close coordination between the architect O’Connell Robertson and the contractor Bartlett Cocke General Contractors during the design phase, the client’s goals and budget were achieved.
Texas Bomanite was asked by Bartlett Cocke to provide 243,000 SF of polished concrete flooring, including 9,165 SF of flooring with large aggregate exposure and custom glass aggregates. In the hallways, the Bomanite Micro-Top Toppings System was utilized to add a distinct decorative feature over the polished concrete flooring. Additionally, Bomanite Alloy Exposed Aggregate decorative concrete was installed outside the building in the courtyard, near the athletic field, and near the concession stand.
Bomanite Systems in Action
Texas Bomanite utilized the Bomanite VitraFlor Custom Polishing System, which consisted of grinding, chemical hardening with Bomanite Stabilizer Pro, and honing and polishing with Bomanite VitraFinish. Custom glass aggregates in the colors Cranberry & Red Chunk were incorporated into the flooring, reflecting the school colors, and adding a stunning point of interest.
The VitraFlor process utilizes select un-colored concrete that is placed and finished to standards required for decorative polished concrete flooring. 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. The primary benefit to Bomanite VitraFlor is the simplicity of installation and durability of the finished floor, lending to its low-maintenance and long-term sustainable features.
To further embody school spirit, 22 horseshoe logos were installed over the polished floor using the Bomanite Micro-Top Toppings System. Bomanite Micro-Top is a cutting-edge technology that uses a paper-thin concrete medium and provides a coloration system like no other. Utilizing a troweled-on cementitious topping that tenaciously bonds to virtually any substrate, including concrete, wood, metal, plastic or asphalt, Micro-Top succeeds where other coloring methods have failed. Micro-Top provides a canvas where works of art are graphically produced, utilizing custom logos, unlimited graphics, swirls of color, or marbleized hues to reach the perfect color combination.
Bomanite Alloy Exposed Aggregate is an architectural exposed concrete with varying exposure depths using non-native quartz and decorative aggregates that are surface seeded on concrete. Bomanite Alloy 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 Bomanite Color Hardener, Bomanite Alloy is well known as a highly durable surface and is perfect to provide increased surface and slip resistance, making it an ideal product choice for the outdoor installations at Lake Belton High School.
Quality Design and Team Collaboration Result in a Spectacular Finish
Detailed collaborative efforts between the design and construction teams produced excellent results and the utilization of multiple Bomanite Systems provided the opportunity to enhance numerous spaces inside and outside of Lake Belton High School. While each system offers unique decorative qualities, all three will provide long-term durability and strength for many years to come.
“The building represents what we want to see. We want to see collaborative working; we want to see people working together. And this building is made for that,” said Jill Ross, principal of Lake Belton High School. The team of quality architects, engineers, and contractors on the Lake Belton High School project worked in collaboration, shared a vision and values, and produced a stunning and spectacular project.
Award Winning Decorative Concrete
Texas Bomanite installed multiple Bomanite Systems and provided beautiful decorative concrete finishes throughout the campus, earning the 2020 Best Bomanite Custom Polishing Systems Project Honorable Mention Award for their outstanding efforts. Their expert execution and precision resulted in flooring finishes with unique and distinct detail that feature personalized elements of design and embody the Lake Belton Broncos school spirit.
The City of Carrollton, Texas is proud to honor our country’s veterans with exhibitions located throughout the city. The Veterans Memorial Plaza is the newest display and was created to honor veterans across all branches of the military who have served around the world. Carrollton’s Mayor Kevin Falconer stated, “The purpose of the Veterans Memorial Plaza is to remember and honor those men and women who served and sacrificed in defense of our great nation while we educate future generations about the courage and valor exhibited by these veterans.”
Featured at the memorial are five illuminated panels that showcase each military branch and a large ground-level concrete map of the world. The world map design includes bronze stars that highlight where the major conflicts took place with an American flag placed over Washington D.C. An area of the plaza was raised, allowing visitors to view the memorial from an elevated surface and giving them the opportunity to absorb the history of our nation while remembering and honoring those who have served.
Bomanite Sandscape Refined is an architectural exposed concrete with a very fine exposure depth and in this case was paired with the Bomanite Antico process to create a surface with fissures, voids, and other random effects not normally seen with traditional finished concrete. Sandscape Refined Antico is a unique aesthetically pleasing alternative system that is suited for exterior applications and provides long term durability, low maintenance, and high safety features.
The continents were further distinguished by adding a sandblast finish and the entire map was tinted using Bomanite Buckskin Con-Color to create consistency across the hardscape while adding beautiful coloration that emphasizes the unique textural detail.
Technical Expertise and Exceptional Results
From the conceptual stage and specification development right through to a customized maintenance program, Bomanite professionals bring unmatched expertise with superior Bomanite systems. Bomanite product lines deliver the best possible combination of creative design options and technical expertise. Texas Bomanite’s goal in constructing the plaza hardscape was to provide structural integrity while maintaining the designer’s intent and creating a unique and stunning design aesthetic.
Their technical expertise, exceptional planning, communication, and execution resulted in an exceptional project. Former Carrollton Mayor Ron Branson, a U.S. Air Force and Vietnam War veteran, said the memorial will pay tribute to veterans who did not stand by in the face of danger, but instead volunteered to place themselves in harm’s way for the good of others. The outstanding installation of Bomanite Sandscape Refined Antico earned Texas Bomanite the 2020 Best Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Systems Project Honorable Mention Award and provided a durable, distinct, and remarkable feature that will honor veterans for years to come.
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.
In 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.
When 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.
The 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.
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 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.
The Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum is a brand-new, LEED Certified state-of-the-art facility located on two blocks in the historic West End District of Downtown Dallas. Originally founded in 1984 by a group of Dallas area Holocaust Survivors, the museum is dedicated to teaching the history of the Holocaust and advancing human rights to combat prejudice, hatred and indifference. Their now permanent location is comprised of over 55,000 square feet built with rich history, awareness and education and three permanent exhibitions. These include the Holocaust/Shoah Wing, the Human Rights Wing, and the Pivot to America Wing. The museum also encompasses traveling exhibition space, a performing arts auditorium, community lobby, reflection space, education spaces, library archives, administration offices, and a public plaza.
Designer, Dallas-based Omniplan wanted a clean, modern and progressive feel for the flooring surface that would maximize the space and be cohesive with the overall design. The Bomanite VitraFlor Polished Concrete System was selected for its industrial modernity, sustainable design and LEED qualities. Bomanite Licensee, Texas Bomanite provided the Bomanite decorative concrete flooring completing approximately 28,000 square feet on several levels. The VitraFlor system consists of initial grinding of the original concrete slab to standards letting the natural aggregate color to shine. Zero VOC products to chemically harden such as Bomanite Stabilizer Pro, and Bomanite VitraFinish to hone and polish for final protection and stain resist finish the application. Bomanite VitraFlor allows for flexibility in design with different exposure of aggregates. The main lobby and walkways used a Class D large aggregate exposure with a level 3-1500 Grit Polish with some areas using a Polyurea Joint Filler in the color Gauntlet Gray. The Exhibit Hall polished surface was given a slightly different treatment with a Class B salt and pepper aggregate exposure and a level 3-1500 Grit Polish.
Bomanite VitraFlor provided a cost effective and low-maintenance polished concrete floor that is ideal for high traffic conditions. With over 80,000 visitors in 2018 in their previous location, the newly built facility will be able to handle even more guests as well as equipment for moving or changing of exhibits. Contributing to additional LEED accrual points for Optimized Energy Performance, Bomanite VitraFlor can reduce maintenance costs by as much as 80% over conventional flooring system such as carpet or VCT. Dramatically improving light reflectivity which reduces the amount of lighting required and therefore energy consumed was an intentional design attribute with the entrance floor to ceiling windows lending to its long-term sustainable features.
The Museum is one of just a few Holocaust-related museums or centers in the United States and the only Holocaust museum serving North Central Texas, as well as the adjacent states of Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana. It has been recognized for its compelling and creative programming, internationally recognized exhibits, and world-class speakers. The new – modern, immersive and interactive technology captivates and educates visitors of all ages. To fully experience the designers plan visit https://www.omniplan.com/tangent/2020/03/behind-the-design-of-the-dallas-holocaust-and-human-rights-museum.html
Texas Bomanite earned the 2019 Best Bomanite Custom Polishing Project Honorable Mention Award for their precise application of the Bomanite VitraFlor System. Along with the floor installation, they also created the outdoor courtyard decorative sculpture base and walls showing their extreme craftsmanship in the Decorative Concrete Industry.
The Tanger Outlet Center added a new location to their list of ultimate shopping experiences. The recent open-air outlet mall is located in far North Fort Worth, Texas, just south of the Texas Motor speedway. Working with the architectural firm Adam & Associates, known for their unique combination of world class experience and small town personality, they put together a plan that incorporated the time proven, durable Bomanite Decorative Concrete for the exterior of the outlet walkways.
The Fort Worth mall features 70+ hi-end stores such as top fashion designers Cole Haan, Michael Kors, Kate Spade, and Steve Madden along with snack-centered eateries like the Great American Cookie Company that brings shoppers from all over Texas. Over 181 million shoppers a year visit the 39 Tanger Outlets located throughout the U.S. and Canada. Each center has a unique theme to its shopping destination with upscale architectural features and play areas for children. Texas-inspired artwork in the courtyards such as a life-sized steel sculpture of a longhorn and a fire pit were incorporated along with port-style rooftops over many of the stores to protect shoppers from the Texas seasonal weather. Adams & Associates worked with Bomanite Decorative Concrete Craftsmen, Texas Bomanite to choose the system appropriate for the architectural design.
The Bomanite Imprint Systems with stamped, stained and colored concrete with high end finishes accentuating the store fronts and Texas-style artwork featured at many of the pedestrian intersections was the product of choice. Before the project was underway, Texas Bomanite produced 6 different mock-ups to provide a visual for the general contractor, Mycon and the architect to demonstrate exactly what each pattern and color would look like to help aide in the decision-making process.
Texas Bomanite installed over 145,000 square feet of architectural concrete that incorporates 4 different patterns (Bomacron Canyon Stone, Bomacron Medium Ashlar Slate, Bomacron Random Boardwalk, Bomacron 6” x 6” Granite Setts) and 2 textures (Bomacron Used Brick Texture, Traditional Broom Finish) with multiple colors of Integral Color, Color Hardener and Release Agents each adding different interest and ambiance to the Texas themed look. The entire project was sealed with Bomanite HydroLock for additional durability. This mega installation of Bomanite Decorative Concrete offers versatility in design, long-term durability, low-maintenance, weather-resistant features and environmentally friendly attributes for the Tanger Outlet and earned Texas Bomanite The Best Bomanite Imprint Systems Project Bronze Award for their styled fashionable walkways for shoppers seeking retail therapy.
In 2016, The American Fallen Soldiers Project National Gallery opened
its doors with 5,000 square feet of gallery and office space. The project was borne of an idea that professional artist,
Phil Taylor, had upon learning that his childhood friend, Capt. Blake Russell,
had been killed in Iraq in 2006. Inspired by stories of Blake’s patriotism and
courage during the funeral, Phil knew that he wanted to contribute to the
Russell family’s healing process, so he painted a portrait of his childhood
friend for them.
The family’s reaction to the portrait
changed Phil’s life forever and he began the American Fallen Soldiers Project.
Since its inception in 2007, over 220 portraits
have been painted and presented as a gift to Gold Star families of fallen soldiers all over the country at no cost to the
To keep the gallery costs down for this very
special project, Bomanite Licensee, Texas Bomanite discounted the retail price
as a donation towards the project’s success and was honored to be part of this
special space. The decorative concrete floors consisted of 3,040 square feet of
Bomanite Concrete Dye in Black Orchid using the Bomanite Patène Teres
system polished to a 400 grit. The Polyurea Joint
Filler was in the color Gauntlet Grey. The strength and durability of the polished
concrete floors is a perfect, permanent,
custom finish for the gallery.
The beautiful elegant American Soldiers Fallen
Project is a place of peace and solace through art and displays in a setting of
inspiration and healing. An especially poignant display is an American flag with
the stripes covered by photos of the fallen. In his portraiture work,
Phil Taylor takes special care in not only capturing the features but the
actual essence of the fallen soldier he is painting. It is not just a
typical portrait painting, but more the life and energy, the appearance and the
personality, of the person represented on canvas. By telling the
stories of those who have served and made the ultimate sacrifice, the gallery
strives to change the lives of generations to come. It truly is a Portrait Gallery Like No
Vizient, in collaboration with American Fallen
Soldiers Project, are honored to commemorate Army Specialist Dave Balcon who
died while conducting combat operations in Iraq. To honor Balcon, Vizient
presented his family with a portrait of Dane painted by artist, Phil Taylor,
founder of the American Fallen Soldiers Project. We thank Dane for his service
to our country as he dedicated his life to protecting the freedoms we all
enjoy. To learn more about this year’s award visit newsroom.vizientinc.com or americanfallensoldiers.com.
To meet specific flooring design requirements throughout the building, Licensee Texas Bomanite, worked with project designer Architect’s Inc. in the initial design phase for First Texas Honda. The result ended with four different flooring systems to accommodate the long-standing dealerships future expansion. Founded in 1964 as Continental Cars, First Texas Honda is a part of family-owned and operated Continental Automotive Group in Austin. In late 2012, they completed a state-of-the-art renovation to the Steck Avenue showroom making it the largest Honda dealership in the world at over 140,000 square feet.
Texas Bomanite installed 95,665 square feet of Bomanite Custom diamond polished concrete flooring in the service areas and service drive. The finishes ranged from 800 grit to 100 grit. In the showroom area and service building, 37,150 square feet of custom colored Bomanite Micro-Top was installed with over 40,000 linear feet of decorative scoring. The highlight of the showroom was the Honda logo. 270 square feet of the front entry features the Bomanite Broadcast Aggregate system, and the front entry walks and bridge deck features over 7,515 square feet of the Bomanite’s Sandscape Exposed Aggregate system.
Bomanite Exposed Aggregate System – Sandscape Texture
Bomanite Sandscape® Texture is designed for outdoor applications where an alternate to a conventional concrete finish is required. Utilizing specialized mix designs, additives, topical treatments and advanced application procedures, Bomanite Sandscape Texture resembles sand blasted concrete. First Texas Honda chose Sandscape Texture for the exterior walkways for its durability in all-weather situations, slip resistance for pedestrians and durability for car parking.
Bomanite Toppings System – Broadcast Aggregate
The Bomanite Broadcast Aggregate System is a multi-layered architectural and protective flooring system with a non-skid decorative surface. Bomanite Broadcast Aggregate uses a multitude of surface seeded fine aggregates such as colored quartz, silica carbide or other hard minerals that create a highly durable, minimal maintenance surface which is easy to clean and maintain in a wide variety of environments including the First Texas Honda entry way that was custom colored to complement the recognizable Honda Blue.
Bomanite Toppings Systems – Micro-Top
The Bomanite Micro-Top system utilizes a troweled-on cementitious topping that tenaciously bonds to virtually any substrate, including concrete, wood, metal, plastic or asphalt. Micro-Top can be installed as interior flooring, spotted as accent areas, continued up a wall, traversed up the side of a building or applied directly to a street section or used for logo creation. Micro-Top offers the unique ability to cover a variety of surfaces with a wide range of colors and graphics, while also providing a cost-effective method to achieve multiple colors without the excessive costs associated with elaborate forming and design work, making it the perfect selection for the Honda Logo and continuation of the Honda brand throughout the showroom and customer service areas.
Bomanite Custom Polishing Systems – VitraFlor
VitraFlor utilizes select un-colored concrete that is placed and finished to standards required for decorative polished concrete flooring. 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. The primary benefit to Bomanite VitraFlor is the simplicity of installation, durability and low maintenance of the finished floor. With no topical dyes or products utilized to color the concrete, this makes Bomanite VitraFlor cost effective in comparison to other more labor and product intensive systems and an easy choice for First Texas Honda Service Bay areas.