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Bomanite Imprint Systems with custom patterns and Bomanite Bomacron creates a one-of-a-kind experience at St. Louis Zoo – Primate Canopy Trails installed by Bomanite licensee Musselman and Hall Contractors.

Primate Canopy Trails is a 35,000-square-foot outdoor expansion to the Primate House at the St. Louis Zoo in St. Louis, MO. The $13 million exhibit consists of new outdoor homes for primates and includes climbing structures that allow guests to explore the forest canopy next to the animals.  This new exhibit is like a jungle gym for all primates, both zoo animals and human visitors.  Creating a first-of-its-kind zoo experience, it is an outdoor playground that brings a sense of joy and freedom to all who venture there.

Decorative Concrete Conveys Story

Bomanite Imprint Systems with custom patterns and Bomanite Bomacron creates a one-of-a-kind experience at St. Louis Zoo – Primate Canopy Trails installed by Bomanite licensee Musselman and Hall Contractors.

Overhead mesh tunnels connected to the Primate House lead to tall, preexisting live trees and other outdoor habitats with spaces for the animals to climb and perch.  Four tunnels lead to the Primate House, and four lead to the Primate Care Center.  There is even a see-through tunnel that guests can walk through to get a panoramic view of the animals.  Inside the care center, windows provide the primates with a view to the outside, which they didn’t have at the original Primate House.  Two custom-built boxes in each habitat provide shelter from the rain or just a place to spend some alone time. In the winter, the caretakers can add a heating pad to transform the boxes into a warm zone. Each habitat also has custom shade sails and a cool mist fan for warm or hot days.  While down below the paving placed by Musselman & Hall allows guests to wander beneath the trees surrounded by jungle.  Bomanite Imprint Systems custom decorative concrete has the ability to tell a story as well as to enchant the eyes and stimulate the senses.

Bomanite Imprint Systems with custom patterns and Bomanite Bomacron creates a one-of-a-kind experience at St. Louis Zoo – Primate Canopy Trails installed by Bomanite licensee Musselman and Hall Contractors.Bomanite Imprint Systems with custom patterns and Bomanite Bomacron creates a one-of-a-kind experience at St. Louis Zoo – Primate Canopy Trails installed by Bomanite licensee Musselman and Hall Contractors.

Sam Kroesen of Bomanite licensee Musselman & Hall Contractors worked with the designers from PGAV Destinations to develop a hardscape that would not only impress guests but would also mimic the natural habitat of the animals. Musselman & Hall craftsmen placed integrally colored concrete with “Dried Mud” textures and then imprinted the surface with actual jungle leaves and anatomically correct footprints for several monkey species to accurately represent the gait pattern of each species.

Bomanite Imprint Systems with custom patterns and Bomanite Bomacron creates a one-of-a-kind experience at St. Louis Zoo – Primate Canopy Trails installed by Bomanite licensee Musselman and Hall Contractors.

All of the Musselman & Hall work was capped with the jewel of the project, a 17-foot diameter medallion that used stenciling and three colors of Bomanite Color Hardener before being imprinted with an “Embedded Stone” texture to create a large-scale graphic that would hold up to the heavy foot traffic.  Bomanite Imprint Systems are cast-in-place concrete flooring and paving that adds a distinctive architectural touch to any project, together with the durability to stand up to the toughest traffic loads and environmental conditions.

You Dream It, We Will Make It Happen

Bomanite Imprint Systems with custom patterns and Bomanite Bomacron creates a one-of-a-kind experience at St. Louis Zoo – Primate Canopy Trails installed by Bomanite licensee Musselman and Hall Contractors.

Bomanite Bomacron is a textured version of the original Bomanite Imprint decorative concrete, and is also cast-in-place, colored and imprinted, but provides the added dimension of texture and relief between the joint lines. The multitude of available patterns simulates a wide variety of natural materials including slate, granite, limestone, sandstone, wood, and cobblestone.  Of course, as in the case in this project, if none of the existing patterns fit your specifications, custom patterns are in reach of your imagination.  You dream it, and our network of Bomanite licensee’s will make it happen.

Bomanite Licensee Exceeds Expectations

Bomanite Imprint Systems with custom patterns and Bomanite Bomacron creates a one-of-a-kind experience at St. Louis Zoo – Primate Canopy Trails installed by Bomanite licensee Musselman and Hall Contractors.

Bomanite licensee Musselman & Hall Contractors is unsurpassed in the industry for their ability to handle difficult logistics and unusual specifications scenarios.  They are well known for delivering projects that far exceed the expectations of their clients, easily meeting the challenges of budgets and timelines, and providing innovative solutions that specify the best product for each application.  This project is an example of their highly qualified craftsmanship and ingenuity.  Visitors of all ages to the St. Louis Zoo, and even many more yet-to-be-born generations, will be enchanted by their work of concrete art.

Bomanite Imprint Systems with custom patterns and Bomanite Bomacron creates a one-of-a-kind experience at St. Louis Zoo – Primate Canopy Trails installed by Bomanite licensee Musselman and Hall Contractors.
Carolina Bomanite installed Bomanite Imprint Systems to create the porte cochere, entrance, and amenity areas at the Courtyard by Marriott in Mauldin, South Carolina, providing a decorative concrete hardscape with stunning results.

The new state-of-the-art Courtyard by Marriott in Mauldin, SC, was developed by Touchstone Hospitality and offers inviting, flexible spaces, a well-equipped fitness center and outdoor pool, as well as small details and smart design that allow guests to be more productive while maintaining comfortability.

Carolina Bomanite installed Bomanite Imprint Systems to create the porte cochere, entrance, and amenity areas at the Courtyard by Marriott in Mauldin, South Carolina, providing a decorative concrete hardscape with stunning results.

Having successfully worked with Touchstone Hospitality in the past, Carolina Bomanite Corporation was the developer’s top choice to create the decorative concrete hardscape surfaces.  The Carolina Bomanite team stepped up to the challenge to remedy another contractor’s poor workmanship on a previous project and brought the Bomanite family of products and expertise to the rescue.  Since then, the owner refuses to allow any other architectural concrete trade on its building sites.

Unsurpassed Selection and Superiority

Carolina Bomanite installed Bomanite Imprint Systems to create the porte cochere, entrance, and amenity areas at the Courtyard by Marriott in Mauldin, South Carolina, providing a decorative concrete hardscape with stunning results.

The Mauldin Courtyard by Marriott highlights Bomanite Imprint Systems with multiple Bomacron patterns.  The selection and quality of Bomanite Imprinting Tools is unsurpassed in the industry with well over 400 distinct patterns and associated textures.  The hotel’s porte cochere features Bomanite Bomacron Running Bond Belgian Block, which resembles hand cut and tumbled basalt cobblestones, and adds distinct texture and design detail to the hardscape.  The Bomanite Bomacron 10” Boardwalk pattern was installed to create the front entrance as well as an extension at the back of the hotel leading into the enclosed amenity area, giving the lifelike look of real wood while providing the durability of concrete.  Additionally, the Bomanite Bomacron Slate Texture pattern was utilized to create the smoking area adjacent to the front entrance and in the enclosed amenity area at the back of the hotel.  The Slate Texture installation in the amenity area features a 3-4’ sawcut pattern that runs bias to the building, adding versatile texture and rustic, random veining that complements the hotel’s architecture and aesthetic.

Carolina Bomanite installed Bomanite Imprint Systems to create the porte cochere, entrance, and amenity areas at the Courtyard by Marriott in Mauldin, South Carolina, providing a decorative concrete hardscape with stunning results.

To further accentuate the design, darkened float finish bands were incorporated around the salt textured fire table with the incorporation of a channel drain that will handle runoff water from the covered patio seating area.  Form and function come together seamlessly with this design and no details were spared, providing a beautifully stunning hardscape that is durable, distinct, and functional.

Challenges Faced

Carolina Bomanite installed Bomanite Imprint Systems to create the porte cochere, entrance, and amenity areas at the Courtyard by Marriott in Mauldin, South Carolina, providing a decorative concrete hardscape with stunning results.

This project was underway prior to the onset of the pandemic and was thus temporarily delayed as the owner, along with others in the hospitality industry understood the future of travel.  Facing challenges like material shortages and labor inefficiencies in unprecedented scope and duration forced a delay during construction for approximately one year.  Despite the challenges that were faced, Carolina Bomanite was able to exceed the owner’s expectations with their successful completion of the architectural concrete installation.

Award Winning Decorative Concrete

Carolina Bomanite installed Bomanite Imprint Systems to create the porte cochere, entrance, and amenity areas at the Courtyard by Marriott in Mauldin, South Carolina, providing a decorative concrete hardscape with stunning results.

Carolina Bomanite is experienced in all types of decorative concrete installation and for over 48 years they have set the standard for exceptional quality.  Their seamless installations at multiple Courtyard by Marriott locations have proven their commitment to excellence, resulting in a long-standing partnership with Touchstone Hospitality.  The 2021 Gold Award for Best Bomanite Imprint Systems Project was awarded to Carolina Bomanite for their stunning installation of Bomanite Bomacron Running Bond Belgian Block, 10” Boardwalk, and Slate Texture patterns to create a uniquely distinct decorative concrete hardscape around the Courtyard by Marriott in Mauldin, South Carolina, creating exceptional results and providing a product with superior durability and distinct character that will endure for decades to come.

Colorado Hardscapes collaborated with general contractor Price Design Group and landscape architect BrightView to create Bomanite Sandscape Texture sidewalks with a specialty scoring pattern as well as 300 SF of custom colored Bomanite Micro-Top XT decorative concrete that proudly portrays a pattern created by late Colorado artist Clark Richert.

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

Colorado Hardscapes collaborated with general contractor Price Design Group and landscape architect BrightView to create Bomanite Sandscape Texture sidewalks with a specialty scoring pattern as well as 300 SF of custom colored Bomanite Micro-Top XT decorative concrete that proudly portrays a pattern created by late Colorado artist Clark Richert.

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

Bomanite Systems Equate to Installation Success

Colorado Hardscapes collaborated with general contractor Price Design Group and landscape architect BrightView to create Bomanite Sandscape Texture sidewalks with a specialty scoring pattern as well as 300 SF of custom colored Bomanite Micro-Top XT decorative concrete that proudly portrays a pattern created by late Colorado artist Clark Richert.

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

Colorado Hardscapes collaborated with general contractor Price Design Group and landscape architect BrightView to create Bomanite Sandscape Texture sidewalks with a specialty scoring pattern as well as 300 SF of custom colored Bomanite Micro-Top XT decorative concrete that proudly portrays a pattern created by late Colorado artist Clark Richert.

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

Colorado Hardscapes collaborated with general contractor Price Design Group and landscape architect BrightView to create Bomanite Sandscape Texture sidewalks with a specialty scoring pattern as well as 300 SF of custom colored Bomanite Micro-Top XT decorative concrete that proudly portrays a pattern created by late Colorado artist Clark Richert.

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

Award Winning Decorative Concrete

Colorado Hardscapes collaborated with general contractor Price Design Group and landscape architect BrightView to create Bomanite Sandscape Texture sidewalks with a specialty scoring pattern as well as 300 SF of custom colored Bomanite Micro-Top XT decorative concrete that proudly portrays a pattern created by late Colorado artist Clark Richert.

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

Colorado Hardscapes collaborated with general contractor Price Design Group and landscape architect BrightView to create Bomanite Sandscape Texture sidewalks with a specialty scoring pattern as well as 300 SF of custom colored Bomanite Micro-Top XT decorative concrete that proudly portrays a pattern created by late Colorado artist Clark Richert.
The Medium Ashlar Slate and Soldier Course Belgian Block patterns are a stunning sidewalk installation of Bomanite Imprint Systems by Connecticut Bomanite Systems in Downtown Danbury, CT.

Danbury, CT, has embraced the vision of TOD, Transit-Oriented Development, to help revitalize downtown Danbury.  At the key of their TOD vision is a plan for higher density compact urban development that features walkable, pedestrian-friendly streetscapes and sidewalks, within a 10-minute walk of the train station and, connecting various modes of transit, jobs, housing, services, and amenities.  The streetscapes and sidewalks play a major role in attracting investment, new businesses, and employees to Downtown Danbury.  Whether an area is walkable depends on the physical condition of the space accessible to pedestrians as well as the perception of the physical space and its attractiveness to those who do and could utilize it.  The previous existing streetscape improvements were constructed in 1993 and in need of replacement, as evidenced by this Google Street View picture below from 2018.  The city selected Colonna Concrete & Asphalt Paving, LLC as the main contractor, and Connecticut Bomanite Systems was chosen to install the decorative concrete sidewalks for the roughly $12 million project.

Google Maps Street View Danbury, CT, Downtown sidewalks July 2018.

Decorative Concrete Creates an Architectural Artistic Aesthetic

The Medium Ashlar Slate and Soldier Course Belgian Block patterns are a stunning sidewalk installation of Bomanite Imprint Systems by Connecticut Bomanite Systems in Downtown Danbury, CT.

Connecticut Bomanite, working with the City of Danbury, CT, installed the Bomanite Imprint Systems and chose the Medium Ashlar Slate pattern and the Soldier Course Belgian Block pattern.  They were the perfect choices in order to meet the project objective of making the downtown more pedestrian-friendly and appealing to shoppers, diners, and developers.  Instead of the higher cost of installing natural paving materials such as slate or granite, Bomanite Imprint Systems has been used in a wide variety of residential, commercial, and municipal applications to upgrade plain concrete or asphalt.  Bomanite Imprint Systems, the original cast-in-place, colored and imprinted architectural concrete paving, offers unmatched durability to withstand the toughest traffic loads and harshest environmental conditions.

Pick A Pattern, Pick A Color, Bring Your Own

The Medium Ashlar Slate and Soldier Course Belgian Block patterns are a stunning sidewalk installation of Bomanite Imprint Systems by Connecticut Bomanite Systems in Downtown Danbury, CT.

For over five decades, Bomanite Imprint Systems have offered design professionals and homeowners a virtually limitless palette of patterns, textures, and colors – at a fraction of the cost of traditional materials. Bomanite Imprint Systems gives you more than 400 distinct patterns and associated textures with a wide variety of standard and custom coloring options. You can choose from many natural textures including slate, granite, limestone, sandstone, cobblestone and used brick. For decorative concrete architectural paving, accept no substitutes.

The Medium Ashlar Slate and Soldier Course Belgian Block patterns are a stunning sidewalk installation of Bomanite Imprint Systems by Connecticut Bomanite Systems in Downtown Danbury, CT.

Bomanite molds are developed from natural products such as stone or wood as well as unconventional surfaces such as metal or plastic or whatever your imagination may bring to the table.  Images, logos, borders and highly custom textures are all part of the Bomanite offering.  Bomacron patterns are a textured version of the original Bomanite patterns. This product is cast-in-place, colored and imprinted, plus it provides added dimension of texture and relief between the joint lines (shallow joint configurations).

Award Winning Decorative Concrete

The Medium Ashlar Slate and Soldier Course Belgian Block patterns are a stunning sidewalk installation of Bomanite Imprint Systems by Connecticut Bomanite Systems in Downtown Danbury, CT.

Connecticut Bomanite Systems has an unsurpassed reputation of meeting and exceeding their clients’ expectations.  They deliver projects on time, under budget, and according to specs.  For this project they received the 2021 Bronze Award for Best Bomanite Imprint Systems Project.  In a post-COVID world, this sidewalk “refresh” is exactly what the merchants and citizens of Downtown Danbury needed to provide an environment where the arts, culture, commerce, and excitement can thrive.  It helps create the necessary ambience for Danbury’s citizens and visitors to enjoy now and into the decades ahead.

Bomanite Sandscape Texture is the perfect product to provide a premium paving surface and it an optimal choice for pool deck and patio design.

Maravillosa at Campus Pointe is a luxury senior apartment community in Fresno, California.  This breathtaking retirement community is located in the heart of the city with nearby shopping, amazing restaurants, a movie theater, coffee shops, and the local farmer’s market.  The pet-friendly apartment community is also close to local parks for both dog and owner to enjoy.

Bomanite Sandscape Texture is the perfect product to provide a premium paving surface and it an optimal choice for pool deck and patio design.

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

Safety Features and Stylish Design

Bomanite Sandscape Texture is the perfect product to provide a premium paving surface and it an optimal choice for pool deck and patio design.

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

Design Collaboration Equates to Design Success

Bomanite Sandscape Texture is the perfect product to provide a premium paving surface and it an optimal choice for pool deck and patio design.

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

Award Winning Decorative Concrete

Bomanite Sandscape Texture is the perfect product to provide a premium paving surface and it an optimal choice for pool deck and patio design.

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

Carolina Bomanite enhanced the grand entrance at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery in Charlotte, North Carolina by installing Bomanite Imprint Systems featuring the Running Bond Belgian Block pattern.
Carolina Bomanite enhanced the grand entrance at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery in Charlotte, North Carolina by installing Bomanite Imprint Systems featuring the Running Bond Belgian Block pattern.

Olde Mecklenburg Brewery is located in Charlotte, North Carolina but when you walk through the front doors, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to a German Bierhall.  Serving the freshest beer in Charlotte, Olde Mecklenburg Brewery (OMB) is the largest biergarten in the southeast and is set on eight acres of charming countryside property.  The wide-open space provides a natural oasis just minutes away from the city and gives families and friends the perfect place to enjoy a little down time.

Carolina Bomanite enhanced the grand entrance at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery in Charlotte, North Carolina by installing Bomanite Imprint Systems featuring the Running Bond Belgian Block pattern.

Looking to expand their facility, OMB reached out to Bomanite Licensee Carolina Bomanite to assist with the design and installation of a more formal entrance.  With a ten-year history of providing concrete installation services with the owner and involvement in every aspect of expansion since 2009, Carolina Bomanite was the optimal choice to complete the project.

Old and New Alike

Carolina Bomanite enhanced the grand entrance at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery in Charlotte, North Carolina by installing Bomanite Imprint Systems featuring the Running Bond Belgian Block pattern.

Bomanite Imprint Systems provide cast-in-place concrete flooring and paving that adds a distinctive architectural touch to any project and was used in all phases of Carolina Bomanite’s decorative concrete work over the years at OMB.  Bomanite stamped concrete provides the durability to stand up to the toughest traffic loads and environmental conditions while offering a virtually limitless palette of colors, textures, and patterns.  The Bomacron Running Bond Belgian Block pattern can be used in a variety of applications from outdoor driveways to walkways and patio settings and was chosen specifically for this project to add character and aesthetic detail.

Carolina Bomanite enhanced the grand entrance at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery in Charlotte, North Carolina by installing Bomanite Imprint Systems featuring the Running Bond Belgian Block pattern.

The expansion to the existing sidewalk entrance tasked with matching six-year-old existing imprinted concrete in multiple locations was a challenging factor with this installation.  Bomanite French Gray Color Hardener and Bomanite Cobblestone Gray Release Agent were used, and Carolina Bomanite exceeded coloration expectations, doing an extraordinary job of tying in the existing concrete with the newly poured and colored sections.  Carolina Bomanite’s 25-year history of working with General Contractor Brown & Brown Construction helped to make this project a collaborative success and although the original design was scribbled on a piece of paper, Carolina Bomanite worked to design and install a grand entrance that is reminiscent of a German biergarten and enhances the old-world charm and European style throughout the brewery.

Award Winning Decorative Concrete

Carolina Bomanite enhanced the grand entrance at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery in Charlotte, North Carolina by installing Bomanite Imprint Systems featuring the Running Bond Belgian Block pattern.

Since 1974, Carolina Bomanite has been installing and providing architectural flooring and paving products throughout the southeast.  Their exceptional installations at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery have added beautiful and distinct detail over the years and provided an architectural concrete surface that showcases consistency and durability.  The 2021 Honorable Mention Award for Best Bomanite Imprint Systems Project was awarded to Carolina Bomanite for their installation of Bomanite Bomacron Running Bond Belgian Block stamped concrete to create the stunning grand entrance and pathways at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery.  Precision, consistency, and attention to detail are a few keys to Carolina Bomanite’s success in providing a beautiful transformation at this premier craft brewery and their exceptional work will be an inviting backdrop when patrons come to enjoy a fresh pour.

The Bomanite Revealed decorative concrete at the Sky Column sculpture in Arlington, VA, boasts a beautiful fade from black to lighter grey outward in concentric circles.

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

The Bomanite Revealed decorative concrete at the Sky Column sculpture in Arlington, VA, boasts a beautiful fade from black to lighter grey outward in concentric circles.

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

Bomanite Revealed™ Creates Captivating Concrete

The Bomanite Revealed decorative concrete at the Sky Column sculpture in Arlington, VA, boasts a beautiful fade from black to lighter grey outward in concentric circles.

Bomanite Revealed™ is an architectural exposed concrete designed for outdoor applications with varying exposure depths using decorative aggregates that are bound in a unique binder and applied to primed concrete.  The Bomanite Revealed™ System utilizes preblended binders, light fast pigments, specialized admixtures, topical treatments and advanced application procedures to produce a finished product that showcases the seeded aggregate.  Unlike most surface seeded installations, Bomanite Revealed™ provides 100% exposure of the decorative aggregate with no native sands detracting from the finished appearance.  The final product is unique alternate to other decorative concrete finishes while producing a monolithic concrete slab with a low life cycle cost due to the pre-aged nature of the surface.  Bomanite Revealed™ is suited for exterior applications—anywhere that improved wear resistance for light to moderate-duty vehicular or foot traffic combined with an architectural finish is necessary.  Due to the use of the Bomanite Revealed™ binder, these highly durable surfaces are available in a multitude of standard and custom options, including cost effective light-reflective formulations that reduce heat island effect, hard to achieve colors for concrete like white, blues and greens along with water resistant formulations for wet areas and other specialty applications.

Bomanite Licensees Define Decorative Concrete Craftsmanship

The Bomanite Revealed decorative concrete at the Sky Column sculpture in Arlington, VA, boasts a beautiful fade from black to lighter grey outward in concentric circles.

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

Night Winds Make Sky Column Mesmerizing

The Bomanite Revealed decorative concrete at the Sky Column sculpture in Arlington, VA, boasts a beautiful fade from black to lighter grey outward in concentric circles.

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

The Bomanite Revealed decorative concrete at the Sky Column sculpture in Arlington, VA, boasts a beautiful fade from black to lighter grey outward in concentric circles.
Bomanite Toronto installed Exposed Aggregate using Bomanite Sandscape Refined decorative concrete.

Every homeowner seeks that special WOW factor that says elegant, opulent, and posh when it comes to curb appeal.  These Toronto, CA, homeowners achieved it by contracting Bomanite Licensee, Bomanite Toronto, to complete a full home decorative concrete project which included the front driveway, back patio, pool deck and stairs.  The project was a total 2,200 sq. ft. of concrete using Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Systems including two of those systems, Bomanite Sandscape® Texture and Bomanite Sandscape Refined.  The front driveway was completed in a natural exposed aggregate using Bomanite Sandscape® Texture which is designed for outdoor applications creating consistent texture and durable hardscapes.  Utilizing specialized mix designs, additives, topical treatments and advanced application procedures, Bomanite Sandscape® Texture resembles sand blasted concrete.  The final product is a monolithic concrete slab with a low life cycle cost due to the pre-aged nature of the surface and is a unique and beautiful alternate to other decorative concrete finishes.

Bomanite Toronto installed Exposed Aggregate using Bomanite Sandscape Refined decorative concrete.

On the back patio, pool deck and stairs, Bomanite Toronto installed Bomanite Sandscape Refined to emulate Indiana Limestone. The effect is nothing less than stunning!  Beyond the aesthetic appeal, this extremely light color creates a light-reflecting surface which helps eliminate the heat island effect of normal concrete and keeps the concrete temperature low and walkable for bare feet. The finished Bomanite Sandscape Refined product resembles fine textured stone or etched limestone block with light sand exposure throughout the surface. The resulting texture is known as “sugar cube finish”, meaning the feel of the concrete mimics the texture of formed sugar cubes.  Bomanite Sandscape Refined is an architectural exposed concrete with a very fine exposure depth and longer lasting than paved stone.  With the additional desirable attributes of a more durable abrasion-resistant surface that is more cost effective than natural materials, Bomanite Sandscape Refined is the perfect solution for this project.

Expertise Meets Customers’ Needs

Bomanite Toronto installed Exposed Aggregate using Bomanite Sandscape Refined decorative concrete.

Bomanite Toronto Ltd. operates under three guarantees: top quality, unbeatable value, and professional service.  They only work with a network of licensed concrete contractors with the specific skills and necessary resources to maintain its high standard of quality and provide the expected caliber of decorative concrete services. This highly skilled network of concrete craftsmen has access to the manufacturing and technical support from Bomanite.  Bomanite Toronto prides itself in corporate responsibility and a vast quantity of projects that showcase their abilities to provide spectacular solutions and solve specific project specifications.

Bomanite Toronto installed Exposed Aggregate using Bomanite Sandscape Refined decorative concrete.

A visit to Bomanite Toronto’s extensive showroom stimulates your imagination and allows you to realize the possibilities.  Bomanite Toronto is proud of providing customers with outstanding outcomes.  Through hard work and quality performance, they have been able to complete beautiful results for over 40 years.  They excel at decorative outdoor living spaces.  At Bomanite Toronto Ltd. you will find and explore concrete flooring and paving that is innovative enough to capture and complement the beauty of the surrounding environment, yet durable and easy to maintain.  It’s a fun experience seeing possibilities in decorative concrete you haven’t even imagined yet.

Bomanite Toronto installed Exposed Aggregate using Bomanite Sandscape Refined decorative concrete.

A visit to Bomanite Toronto’s extensive showroom stimulates your imagination and allows you to realize the possibilities.  Bomanite Toronto is proud of providing customers with outstanding outcomes.  Through hard work and quality performance, they have been able to complete beautiful results for over 40 years.  They excel at decorative outdoor living spaces.  At Bomanite Toronto Ltd. you will find and explore concrete flooring and paving that is innovative enough to capture and complement the beauty of the surrounding environment, yet durable and easy to maintain.  It’s a fun experience seeing possibilities in decorative concrete you haven’t even imagined yet.

Award Winning Decorative Concrete

Bomanite Toronto installed Exposed Aggregate using Bomanite Sandscape Refined decorative concrete.

Bomanite Toronto earned the 2021 Best Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Systems Project Bronze Award for this project by making Bomanite Sandscape Refined the star of the show.  This project is another example of their enduring and established concrete craftsmanship.  The homeowners will enjoy the pristine beauty of their backyard and appreciate the low maintenance, walkability, and durability qualities built into the design and choice of their decorative concrete.  The finished project is sure to be the eye-catching envy of the neighborhood for many years to come.

Bomanite Toronto installed Exposed Aggregate using Bomanite Sandscape Refined decorative concrete.
Connecticut Bomanite Systems installed Bomanite Imprint Systems at modern roundabout in Branford, CT.

Three towns in Connecticut, Branford, Guilford, and North Branford, experienced major safety issues with a T-shaped design of an intersection of two major highways that straddle the town lines of all three municipalities.  An older Google Map satellite view of the intersection shows the original design but can’t adequately explain the problem.  The arms of the T intersection shown is U.S. 1 which routinely saw speeds of 40-60mph.  The leg of the T intersection is Route 22 which was required to merge onto U.S. 1 from a complete stop at a stop sign.  Naturally there was a predominance of “right-angle crashes”, more commonly known as “T-Bone Collisions”.  When a vehicle traveling 40-60mph T-Bones a vehicle coming from a dead stop, the results are usually devastating.    A secondary issue was peak hour congestion on Route 22 and lengthy times for vehicles to turn.  According to DOT data, 11,600 vehicles a day travel through the routes 1 and 22 intersection.

Connecticut Bomanite Systems installed Bomanite Imprint Systems at modern roundabout in Branford, CT.

The logical solution to all those problems was a modern 3-legged roundabout to replace the existing T intersection.  For the multi-million-dollar project, CT DOT selected Empire Paving, Inc. as the main contractor and Connecticut Bomanite Systems was chosen to install the islands and the sidewalks.  By installing a modern roundabout, CT DOT realized the purpose of the project which was to improve safety and alleviate peak hour congestion on Route 22.  Increased safety performance was achieved due to the operational characteristics of a roundabout, eliminating the occurrence of right-angle crashes and reducing speeds.  The approach roadways were modified to introduce curvature for the deflection of vehicles to reduce their speed as they approach the roundabout.  Raised splitter islands and a raised center island with a truck apron was installed to channelize traffic and direct vehicles through the new configuration.  Pedestrian improvements, including sidewalks, crosswalks, and splitter island refuge areas were also installed.

Decorative Concrete Helps Solve Safety Issues

Connecticut Bomanite Systems installed Bomanite Imprint Systems at modern roundabout in Branford, CT.

For this project, Connecticut Bomanite Systems installed Bomanite Imprint Systems using both the Bomacron Ashlar Slate pattern and the Bomacron Herringbone Used Brick pattern for a total of 9,786 square feet of decorative concrete.  To achieve the desired color for the rotary portion of the roundabout, where the Ashlar Slate pattern was installed, Bomanite sand color hardener was used.  Bomanite red brick color hardener was used for the islands and the edging of the sidewalks where the Herringbone Used Brick pattern was installed.  The choice of colors and patterns creates an aesthetically pleasing decorative concrete and uses just enough eye-catching brightly colored detail to aid in the overall architectural design flow of the roundabout.

Bomanite is unsurpassed in the industry for its selection and quality of imprinting tools.  With well over 400 distinct patterns and associated textures Bomanite has a commanding selection of imprinting tools to select from. Bomanite molds are developed from natural products such as stone or wood as well as unconventional surfaces such as metal or plastic or whatever your imagination may bring to the table. Images, logos, borders and highly custom textures are all part of the Bomanite offering.

Award Winning Decorative Concrete

Connecticut Bomanite Systems installed Bomanite Imprint Systems at modern roundabout in Branford, CT.

Connecticut Bomanite Systems earned the 2021 Best Bomanite Imprint Systems Project Honorable Mention Award for this installation.  The fact that this reengineered intersection has the potential of saving lives and improving the day to day driving conditions for tens of thousands of working commuters cannot be overstated.  For the three Connecticut communities positively impacted by this project, the ease of use of their new modern roundabout is only enhanced and eclipsed by how beautiful it is.

Bomanite Sandscape Texture paving was installed at the Stowers Institute by Musselman & Hall Contractors, who commissioned a custom stencil to incorporate the Stowers Institute logo into the hardscape design.

The Stowers Institute for Medical Research was founded by Jim and Virginia Stowers, who sought to create a highly collaborative, intellectually stimulating environment where scientists could freely share their ideas and create a synergy that would spur great discoveries.

Jim trained as a physician and Virginia had a career as a registered nurse, giving the couple a profound understanding of the medical field and the role that medical research plays in the treatment and prevention of diseases.  They both had personal experiences with cancer as well, which solidified their decision to dedicate their personal fortune toward creating one of the world’s most influential centers for foundational research.  Jim Stowers said “Virginia and I are both cancer survivors and we know firsthand the fear and loneliness that come with the diagnosis of a life-threatening disease.  So, it was natural to think about how we might offer help and hope to others facing cancer and other diseases.”

Durability and Beauty by Design

Bomanite Sandscape Texture paving was installed at the Stowers Institute by Musselman & Hall Contractors, who commissioned a custom stencil to incorporate the Stowers Institute logo into the hardscape design.

The Stowers Institute research campus officially opened in November 2000 after five years of construction.  Almost 21 years later, the facility grounds needed a few upgrades, one of which was replacing the entry walkways.  Musselman and Hall Contractors worked with local landscape architecture firm Confluence to develop the site improvement plan.  Utilizing samples and mock-up design, Musselman and Hall presented the Stowers Institute with a plan to renovate the entry using Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Systems.  Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Systems provide innovative systems, longer-lasting products, and a variety of mix designs that combine needed durability with desired beauty.

Bomanite Sandscape Texture paving was installed at the Stowers Institute by Musselman & Hall Contractors, who commissioned a custom stencil to incorporate the Stowers Institute logo into the hardscape design.

Bomanite Sandscape Texture was the product of choice to create the decorative concrete paving surface at the Stowers Institute.   Sandscape Texture by Bomanite is designed for outdoor applications where an alternate to conventional concrete finishes is desired.  The finished product resembles sand blasted concrete and is used in combination with a variety of color and staining options, creating consistent texture and durability.

The Stowers Institute needed to restore the paving under the covered front walkway and the design provided by Musselman and Hall included demolition of the old surface and replacement of the entry sidewalks with a two-toned, integrally colored Sandscape Texture paving pattern.  This 7,400 square foot installation was broken into two phases to accommodate operations at the Stowers Institute.

Bomanite Sandscape Texture paving was installed at the Stowers Institute by Musselman & Hall Contractors, who commissioned a custom stencil to incorporate the Stowers Institute logo into the hardscape design.

Additionally, Musselman and Hall commissioned a very detailed sandblast stencil through Floormaps to represent the logo of the Stowers Institute.  The sandblasted logo was an extremely important detail and had to reflect the Stowers logo accurately.  Musselman and Hall provided a mock-up design, and the client was blown away by the detail and accuracy.  This successful execution resulted in a long-lasting tribute to the couple that started it all – Jim and Virginia Stowers.

Lasting Legacies

Bomanite Sandscape Texture paving was installed at the Stowers Institute by Musselman & Hall Contractors, who commissioned a custom stencil to incorporate the Stowers Institute logo into the hardscape design.

With more than a century of construction heritage dating back to the late 1800’s, Musselman & Hall Contractors is known as one of the mid-west’s longest-standing general contractors.  They have been building the surrounding communities over the last century, while simultaneously building and establishing long-lasting relationships for the past 100 years.

The Stowers founded the Stowers Institute with a vision of providing cutting edge research to help stamp out diseases and their 2-billion-dollar investment in the Institute has allowed it to continue its mission to aid humanity.  Even as the second of the founders passed away recently, their legacy stands firm and their desire and mission to give people hope for a better life is being carried forward.

Award Winning Decorative Concrete

Bomanite Sandscape Texture paving was installed at the Stowers Institute by Musselman & Hall Contractors, who commissioned a custom stencil to incorporate the Stowers Institute logo into the hardscape design.

Musselman and Hall Contractors values long-term customer relationships, creating true connections with their customers and clients.  This attention to detail and personalization of design at the Stowers Institute earned them the 2021 Silver Award for Best Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Systems Project.  Their skillful execution and the stunning sandscape finish complements the surrounding gardens and will provide a long-lasting concrete paving surface as well as an enduring tribute to Jim and Virginia Stowers.