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Concrete and Design installs Bomanite Toppings System to renovate Valley Fair Mall’s interior concourse, replacing outdated tile with a stunning stamped overlay.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Then and Now

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.

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Concrete and Design installs Bomanite Toppings System to renovate Valley Fair Mall’s interior concourse, replacing outdated tile with a stunning stamped overlay.

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.

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 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

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
Bomanite licensee Premier Concrete Construction installed revitalized decorative concrete sidewalks at HL Turner Group in Concord, NH, using Bomanite Toppings Systems with Bomanite Micro-Top ST.

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

Meeting All Specifications

Bomanite licensee Premier Concrete Construction installed revitalized decorative concrete sidewalks at HL Turner Group in Concord, NH, using Bomanite Toppings Systems with Bomanite Micro-Top ST.

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

Bomanite licensee Premier Concrete Construction installed revitalized decorative concrete sidewalks at HL Turner Group in Concord, NH, using Bomanite Toppings Systems with Bomanite Micro-Top ST.

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

Exterior Decorative Concrete Restoration Solution

Bomanite licensee Premier Concrete Construction installed revitalized decorative concrete sidewalks at HL Turner Group in Concord, NH, using Bomanite Toppings Systems with Bomanite Micro-Top ST.

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

Bomanite licensee Premier Concrete Construction installed revitalized decorative concrete sidewalks at HL Turner Group in Concord, NH, using Bomanite Toppings Systems with Bomanite Micro-Top ST.

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

Best Foot Forward

Bomanite licensee Premier Concrete Construction installed revitalized decorative concrete sidewalks at HL Turner Group in Concord, NH, using Bomanite Toppings Systems with Bomanite Micro-Top ST.

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

Texas Bomanite installed 243,000 SF of polished concrete flooring, including 9,165 SF of flooring with large aggregate exposure and custom glass aggregates at Lake Belton High School.

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 utilized the Bomanite VitraFlor Custom Polishing System at Lake Belton HS, which consisted of grinding, chemical hardening with Bomanite Stabilizer Pro, and honing and polishing with Bomanite VitraFinish.

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

Custom glass aggregates in the colors Cranberry & Red Chunk were incorporated into this Bomanite VitraFlor custom polished concrete flooring, representing the school colors, and adding a stunning point of interest.

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 decorative concrete was installed outside the Lake Belton High School building in the courtyard, near the athletic field, and near the concession stand.

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

– In the hallways at Lake Belton High School the Bomanite Micro-Top Toppings System was utilized to add a distinct decorative feature over the polished concrete flooring.

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.

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.

“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.

Located in Lone Tree, Colorado, the Charles Schwab Lone Tree Campus phase #3 project started coming out of the ground in 2018 with a new 45,000 square foot retail space and 5 story parking structure.  Mortenson Construction contracted with Bomanite Licensee, Colorado Hardscapes to install the specified Bomanite stamped concrete designed for the main entry into the retail and conference building and surrounding drive areas.  Colorado Hardscapes worked with Schwab’s designers and Davis Partnership Architects to select the Bomacron English Sidewalk Slate pattern with natural gray colors.

Colorado Hardscapes Installs Award Winning Bomanite Decorative Concrete Details for The Charles Schwab Conference Center at Ridgegate with a mix of Gray Bomanite Imprinted concrete systems for the field and Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Systems Sandscape Texture for accentuated bands of color.Added to the design was a 17’ wide section walkway of Bomanite Exposed Aggregate System Sandscape Texture that utilizes specialized mix designs, additives and topical treatments that can incorporate unique colored sands or aggregates. The thoroughfare was encapsulated with a 6” perimeter band of broom finished concrete that leads from the sidewalk straight to the conference center’s door.  Detail was taken to match the saw cut joints in the Sandscape installation to the building’s interior flooring tile layout for a continuous flow from the exterior to the interior space.

Colorado Hardscapes Installs Award Winning Bomanite Decorative Concrete Details for The Charles Schwab Conference Center at Ridgegate with Bomanite Imprint Systems in an English Sidewalk Slate Pattern for the Entry Way and surrounding drive areas.The exterior paving showcases a marked handicap parking lot and accommodates a fire lane access where the concrete was poured 7” thick with rebar reinforcement.  In total, 9,625 sq. ft. of Bomanite stamped concrete and 1,740 sq. ft. of Bomanite Sandscape Texture Systems were installed for not only the distinct and stunning design detail but for long-term durability and low maintenance attributes. Using a combination of imprinted concrete and exposed aggregate creates a cohesive and complementary decorative concrete element to the exterior space and design of the building.

Colorado Hardscapes Installs Award Winning Bomanite Decorative Concrete Details for The Charles Schwab Conference Center at Ridgegate with a mix of Gray Bomanite Imprinted concrete systems for the field and Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Systems Sandscape Texture for accentuated bands of color.

Through many discussions with Mortenson, Colorado Hardscapes became their go-to contractor to help with other parts of the project.  Along with the installation of the exterior hardscape, Colorado Hardscapes was contracted to install decorative saw cuts at two parking garage levels and asked to help remedy two board formed walls that when poured (by others) did not pass Mortenson’s standards.

Colorado Hardscapes used the Bomanite Micro-Top ST system to correct a previous poured board formed wall installation and bring them up to code that now accent the exterior finishes on the building and provide a smooth and sleek appearance.Bomanite Topping Systems Micro-Top ST was selected to be the new finish on the walls. Bomanite Micro-Top ST is a two-part, polymer-modified cementitious coating that has excellent adhesion and weather resistance when applied to correctly prepared and primed surfaces.  Colorado Hardscapes’ crews spent many hours grinding and patching the existing walls to get them smooth enough to apply the Bomanite Micro-Top ST.  The two feature walls now accent the exterior finishes on the building and provide a smooth and sleek appearance.

The Bomanite stamped concrete, Bomanite Sandscape Texture, and Bomanite Micro-Top ST turned out beautiful and earned Colorado Hardscapes the 2020 Best Bomanite Toppings Systems Project Silver Award.  Using readily available multiple Bomanite products to provide great solutions for the General Contractor, Architect and client is what makes Colorado Hardscapes an astounding partner for any design project.

 

 

The Cerner Corporation Innovations Campus located in Kansas City, MO has added two new office towers to their 290-acre campus that will support an additional 3,000 employees. The recent additions represent phases three and four of its 16-phase, $4.5 Billion plan. This giant healthcare IT company is expected to complete construction around 2025. Once complete it is expected to house 16,000 employees, 10 office buildings as well as mix-used space for two data centers, a grocery store and retail space.

The Bomanite Toppings Systems were utilized at the new Cerner campus in Kansas City by Bomanite Licensee Musselman and Hall with an installation of Micro-Top XT in Nickel Gray Integral Color in a broom finish and Micro-Top ST with a French Gray Integral Color spray applied created consistency in application and color and mirrored the window and sheathing pattern on the buildings.

After completion of the build, the client was not happy with the way the concrete at the front entrance of the new Cerner Campus Buildings had turned out. The architectural firm for the project, Gould Evans, called upon Bomanite Licensee, Musselman & Hall Contractors, Inc. for a consultation and to discuss what they could to do to match the vision and design they were hoping to achieve.

The Bomanite Toppings Systems were utilized at the new Cerner campus in Kansas City by Bomanite Licensee Musselman and Hall with an installation of Micro-Top XT in Nickel Gray Integral Color in a broom finish and Micro-Top ST with a French Gray Integral Color spray applied created consistency in application and color and mirrored the window and sheathing pattern on the buildings.

The designers plan for the entrance was to replicate the window and sheathing pattern on the buildings, which was all planned to emulate the data created in the human genome project. After several mock-ups of textures and color options it was decided to go with a mix of Bomanite Micro-Top XT and Bomanite Micro-Top ST application methods.

The Bomanite Toppings Systems were utilized at the new Cerner campus in Kansas City by Bomanite Licensee Musselman and Hall with an installation of Micro-Top XT in Nickel Gray Integral Color in a broom finish and Micro-Top ST with a French Gray Integral Color spray applied created consistency in application and color and mirrored the window and sheathing pattern on the buildings.

The Bomanite Toppings Systems is a revolutionary approach to designing with architectural concrete that offers several coloring systems, overlayments and renovation systems that can redesign, restore or refurbish projects. Bomanite Micro-Top XT, part of the Bomanite Toppings Systems, is a two-part, polymer-modified cementitious coating that can be applied over almost any clean, sound exterior surface including concrete, cement block, tile, metal and wood in a wide range of colors and graphics. With its extraordinary adhesion and ability to withstand prolonged pedestrian and vehicular traffic it made perfect sense to choose Bomanite Micro-Top XT to meet the project design needs.

The Bomanite Toppings Systems were utilized at the new Cerner campus in Kansas City by Bomanite Licensee Musselman and Hall with an installation of Micro-Top XT in Nickel Gray Integral Color in a broom finish and Micro-Top ST with a French Gray Integral Color spray applied created consistency in application and color and mirrored the window and sheathing pattern on the buildings.

Bomanite Micro-Top ST is a specialized decorative concrete option with the same distinct quality and properties as Bomanite Micro-Top XT and can be applied without affecting surrounding materials or fixtures. In order to achieve the desired outcome for the client, Musselman & Hall applied the Bomanite Micro-Top XT with a broom finish in Bomanite Nickel Gray Integral Color and an alternating complimentary Bomanite Micro-Top ST spray applied finish in Bomanite French Gray Integral Color which provided for color and textural variation.

Cerner Corporation was not only happy with the outcome of the entrance, but it was completed in 2 phases to ensure continued access to the building. The entryway is eye catching and extremely consistent in application and color earning Musselman & Hall the 2020 Best Bomanite Toppings Systems Project – GOLD AWARD for their outstanding decorative concrete craftsmanship.

The Beast Urban Park in El Paso, TX, recently renamed from Eastside Regional Park, has completed Phase I of a 92-acre development. Once completely finished it will be the largest city operated park in the area. Featuring world-class aquatic amenities, the Beast Urban Park brings much needed public facilities to a residential community that grew faster than anticipated and greatly outpaced recreational resources. The new, three-part complex will include a state-of-the-art natatorium with a 50-meter competition swimming pool, a multi-generational community center with a gymnasium and multipurpose classrooms, and an outdoor waterpark highlighted by El Paso’s first wave simulator. All of these facilities will be surrounded by a landscaped walking path and public art. With Perkins + Will Architects selected for the Phase 1 Design, Sundt Construction was contracted for the build.

Bomanite Artistic Concrete colored the Bomanite chemically stained concrete wall panels installed by Sundt Construction for the Eastside Regional Park Rec Center known as the Beast Urban Park by the community of El Paso.

Photo Credit: Sundt Construction

Among the project’s many complexities, assembling the building form of the recreation center had been a puzzle of literal proportions. Constructed of concrete tilt-up panels, Sundt Construction leveraged their knowledge of concrete, as the panels were constructed on-site, framed, reinforced, cast, and erected as the building’s primary structure and exterior skin.

Bomanite Artistic Concrete colored the Bomanite chemically stained concrete wall panels installed by Sundt Construction for the Eastside Regional Park Rec Center known as the Beast Urban Park by the community of El Paso.

Photo Credit: Sundt Construction

“The challenge in these precast panels begins with their unusual shape,” shares Sundt Construction Project Manager Enrique Esplain, of the Z-shaped monolithic, exterior wall sections, which are 40 feet tall and 18 feet wide. “We are used to casting concrete panels this large, but the awkward angles made them hard to lift and hard to erect. Color is also an issue. There is an inconsistency received on the finish with site-cast concrete. This is based on placement, weather, casting techniques, timing, and application of curing compounds and bond breakers. The City didn’t want grey concrete, so we needed to come up with something that feels very much like El Paso.”

Colorized concrete can be achieved in many different ways including adding an integral color to the concrete mix before it is poured or applying any of many different types of dyes, paints, or stains to the concrete after it has cured. Initially, in El Paso, the design called for using an integral color, which is one of the most common ways of adding color to concrete. By adding color pigment admixtures to the concrete before it is poured, contractors are generally able to create a layered sense of color that results in a multi-tonal appearance similar to natural stone. After developing two different 3’ x3’ panel mock-ups using integral color mixes that didn’t secure the City of El Paso’s approval, the Sundt team recommended trying a stain instead.

Sundt Construction approached Bomanite Licensee, Bomanite Artistic Concrete colored the Bomanite chemically stained concrete wall panels installed by Sundt Construction for the Eastside Regional Park Rec Center known as the Beast Urban Park by the community of El Paso.Bomanite Artistic Concrete, about doing an acid stain on the concrete panels for the Beast Urban Park. Bomanite Artistic Concrete was thrilled with the opportunity to participate in such a dynamic public commission. The process of staining the panels began with clearly establishing the city’s desired aesthetic, which was less than exact in the beginning. Bomanite Artistic Concrete’s President Aaron Echaniz noted that “the City wanted a treatment that made the panels fit in with the surrounding landscape but also complements the unique, very modern architecture. We did several different mock-ups before finally settling on a treatment that falls somewhere between deep rust and old leather.”

Bomanite Artistic Concrete colored the Bomanite chemically stained concrete wall panels installed by Sundt Construction for the Eastside Regional Park Rec Center known as the Beast Urban Park by the community of El Paso.The chosen solution was Bomanite’s Patène Artectura System, a topically-applied coloration system that simulates a semi-weathered, antiquing effect. Because the acid-based stain was to be applied to the panels once they were tilted-up in their final place, the process for staining them had to be dialed in and approved before the work could begin. Using a compressor and an industrial sprayer, the acid-based Patène Artectura was sprayed on the vertical panels by hand working from the top down. Workers had to be very mindful of maintaining a consistent distance between the sprayer and the panels to eliminate unintended blotching while troweling away any drips.

“On the technical side, one thing that was really important was prepping each panel to receive the stain,” says Echaniz of the process’s potential complications. Burs were carefully scraped off panels before each was thoroughly sandblasted to open the concrete’s pores so that the stain could fully penetrate the surface. Once the stain was applied, an acrylic sealant was added to give the colorized panels a fade-free permanence that will last a lifetime in El Paso’s arid climate.

“We are very proud to be a part of this magnificent project” finishes Echaniz of his firm’s role in El Paso’s newest park, which is expected to open to the public in 2021. “Craftsmanship is very important in our work and this community-enhancing project is going to bring a lot of joy to the people of El Paso for generations to come.”

Bomanite Artistic Concrete received the Gold Award for the Best Bomanite Toppings Systems Project for their dedication in exceptional solutions to concrete challenges of all sorts and scales.

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

Elmwood is a modern American restaurant founded by, Adam Altnether and Chris Kelling, inspired by their respective St. Louis and California roots, with influences from abroad. The restaurant boasts an open-yet-closed kitchen, a charcoal-burning grill, and the only charcoal-fueled oven in the United States. The menu highlights classic midwestern dishes inflected with global flavors and is complemented by a wine program proudly focused on California vintners, with a selection of offerings from international winemakers.

When Adam and Chris collaborated and decided that their new “live fire” restaurant in Maplewood would have some unusual aesthetic touches, they knew they both wanted to be in the mix of the design and construction phases. They contacted Architect Kyle Nottmeier to help fuel their vision and create an environment that looked like nothing else; exposed beams, artisanal pieces, neon signs, soft concrete floors, metal, brick and tiled walls.

The architect contacted Bomanite Licensee, Musselman & Hall Contractors, LLC about flooring options for the restaurant space, given the challenges it presented they needed a contractor with full expertise in commercial renovations. The space had both wood framed floors as well as concrete decking with everything covering it from terrazzo to tile underlayment. After reviewing product samples and colors presented by Musselman & Hall Contractors, it was determined the best option would be the Bomanite Toppings Systems Micro-Top.

Bomanite Micro-Top uses cutting edge technology, that tenaciously bonds to virtually any substrate. It can be applied with a squeegee or troweled onto the surface at a thickness of approximately 20 mils. With the condition of the Elmwood Restaurant floor, Bomanite Micro-Top was perfect for renovating the multiple floor surfaces. Once awarded the project, Musselman & Hall Contractors began working directly with the owners as they were self-performing some of the construction and serving as the construction managers during the renovations.

Knowing that the floor demanded a substantial amount of preparation before the Bomanite Micro-Top could be placed, Musselman & Hall Contractors chose to place a layer of wire lathe over the areas of wood framed flooring, then covered the lathe with Bomanite Repair Mortar. They also used the Bomanite Repair Mortar to level and patch over the remaining area after grinding the surface with 25 grit diamonds. The floor was in such poor condition, the owners were excited just to see the prepped and primed floor without even one coat of Bomanite Micro-Top placed.

Once the surface prep was finally completed, the first base coat of Bomanite Micro-Top (white base) with a Bomanite Shale Gray tint was placed. The surface was primed with Bomanite XP Primer for the first base coat and primed using Bomanite Micro-Top liquid diluted for each following coat. Each base coat was sanded and then thoroughly cleaned. The finish coat was applied with steel trowels to provide some character in the floor. The idea was to emulate the look of a hard-troweled concrete floor. The effect turned out perfectly, pleasing the owners and architect.

The Bomanite Micro-Top floor along with the vertical areas at the entry ramp and stairs were given a final seal with two coats of Bomanite XP Primer FC and then two coats of Bomanite Natural Beauty floor finish. The transition of the floor astounded the other contractors and the owners. Musselman & Hall Contractors helped transition this neighborhood restaurant with Bomanite Decorative Concrete, providing a place for private conversation, relaxation and authentically creative food.

With Bomanite Micro-Top, a wide range of colors can be applied to create uniformity or blended to create variegation in the finish. Bomanite Micro-Top can reduce costly forming and coloring in outdoor treatments. Limitless color combinations and graphic designs can be used to transform damaged existing concrete or other materials into cementitious art forms, without affecting surrounding materials and fixtures. Musselman & Hall Contractors, LLC won the 2018 Best Bomanite Toppings Systems Project Bronze Award for their thoroughness and expertise with renovations of commercial interior flooring.

The owners of this grand estate in Essex County, Massachusetts installed several Bomanite systems throughout their property. The estate contains an indoor swimming pool, BBQ house, several patios and courtyards, a Barn and two garages, plus a full indoor basketball court that doubles as a Hockey Rink.

Essex County Estate Installs Bomanite Grasscrete and Bomanite Toppings Systems by Premier Concrete Construction, LLCBomanite Licensee, Premier Concrete Construction, LLC was contacted by the owner to provide a solution to a badly poured concrete garage foundation. Premier Concrete Construction remedied the garage issue, and then installed the Bomanite Broadcast Flake Toppings System in a salt and pepper finish for two separate garage units combining a total of approx. 2,700 sq. ft.

Essex County Estate places Bomanite Topping system Broadcast Flake in two large residential garages for low maintenance and designThe homeowner wanted a durable flooring surface for luxury as well as off-road vehicles. Bomanite Broadcast Flake floors are multi-colored flakes encapsulated in high performance, two-component primer, body and top coats that give an architectural design and at the same time create a protective flooring system for long term use wear and tear. The Bomanite Broadcast Flake System utilizes Bomanite Florspartic 100 to create a highly durable, low maintenance surface and provides superior chemical resistance including gasoline, oil and de-icing salts.

Essex County Estate places Bomanite Topping system Broadcast Flake for two large garages for low maintenanceThe Bomanite Broadcast Flake System contains zero VOC’s and is a fast track flooring system that can be applied over prepared concrete and suitable cementitious toppings to form a seamless surface ideal for residential and light commercial applications such as garage floors, basements, indoor recreational facilities, schools and light manufacturing.

Various graphic designs or patterns, such as logos, family crests, homeowners’ initials, favorite sporting team emblems may be incorporated into a Bomanite Broadcast Flake System. Flake color blends are available in several sizes and custom flake colors such as metallic and fluorescent shades, glow in the dark and silver sparkle deliver unlimited creativity.

The Partially Concealed Grasscrete system provides a cobblestone decorative designed driveway for this Essex County EstateAfter working with Premier Concrete on the garage project and reviewing additional needs, the homeowner acquired Premier Concrete’s services for a Bomanite Pervious Concrete System. The homeowner wanted a pervious cobblestone driveway for the tradesmen estate entrance. The driveway needed to reflect the exterior design of the home and be able to handle storm water runoff.

Bomanite Grasscrete is the green alternative to standard concrete surfaces providing a variety of landscape solutions while maintaining a sustainable green product design used for emergency access lanes, delivery access routes, overflow parking areas, and for intermittent drainage channels that help prevent erosion.

Bomanite Pervious Concrete helps with Stormwater management for this Essex County EstateGrasscrete has been used as an exposed utilitarian product for functional applications and as a concealed system with vegetation such as grass or native ground cover installed over the concrete allowing consumers to mitigate drainage issues while maintaining strong structural integrity for some of the heaviest vehicles to operate unencumbered. The Partially Concealed Grasscrete System provides the differential spacing you see with cobblestones giving the homeowner the look desired.

Bomanite Pervious Concrete helps with Stormwater management for this Essex County EstateThe Grasscrete single-use molded pulp formers were shaped and laid on the sub grade at approx. 1,300 sq. ft. to create the access for the service vehicles. Concrete was poured and placed over the formers and then voids were opened after the concrete hardened, allowing for grass to be planted.  Grasscrete offers the ability to provide year-round access for a variety of applications requiring structural paving surfaces without compromising the aesthetics of the exterior landscaping.

Premier Concrete Construction received Silver Awards for both the Best Bomanite Grasscrete Project and Best Bomanite Toppings Project.