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Bomanite licensee Musselman & Hall Contractors installed decorative concrete flooring at Eureka Elementary in Eureka, MO using Bomanite Custom Polishing Systems with Bomanite Renaissance.

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

Complex Design Done by Skilled Bomanite Craftsmen

Bomanite licensee Musselman & Hall Contractors installed decorative concrete flooring at Eureka Elementary in Eureka, MO using Bomanite Custom Polishing Systems with Bomanite Renaissance.

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

Bomanite licensee Musselman & Hall Contractors installed decorative concrete flooring at Eureka Elementary in Eureka, MO using Bomanite Custom Polishing Systems with Bomanite Renaissance.

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

Renaissance by Bomanite Provides Lustrous Durable Flooring

Bomanite licensee Musselman & Hall Contractors installed decorative concrete flooring at Eureka Elementary in Eureka, MO using Bomanite Custom Polishing Systems with Bomanite Renaissance.

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

Bomanite licensee Musselman & Hall Contractors installed decorative concrete flooring at Eureka Elementary in Eureka, MO using Bomanite Custom Polishing Systems with Bomanite Renaissance.

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

Award Winning Decorative Concrete

Bomanite licensee Musselman & Hall Contractors installed decorative concrete flooring at Eureka Elementary in Eureka, MO using Bomanite Custom Polishing Systems with Bomanite Renaissance.

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

Texas Bomanite installed approximately 3,000 SF of Bomanite Sandscape Refined Antico to create a decorative concrete hardscape that honors veterans across all branches of the military.

The City of Carrollton, Texas  is proud to honor our country’s veterans with exhibitions located throughout the city.  The Veterans Memorial Plaza is the newest display and was created to honor veterans across all branches of the military who have served around the world.  Carrollton’s Mayor Kevin Falconer stated, “The purpose of the Veterans Memorial Plaza is to remember and honor those men and women who served and sacrificed in defense of our great nation while we educate future generations about the courage and valor exhibited by these veterans.”

Bomanite Sandscape Refined Antico decorative concrete adds stunning detail to Veterans Memorial Plaza with bronze stars that highlight where the major conflicts took place.

Featured at the memorial are five illuminated panels that showcase each military branch and a large ground-level concrete map of the world.  The world map design includes bronze stars that highlight where the major conflicts took place with an American flag placed over Washington D.C.  An area of the plaza was raised, allowing visitors to view the memorial from an elevated surface and giving them the opportunity to absorb the history of our nation while remembering and honoring those who have served.

Structural Integrity Meets Distinct Design Aesthetic

Featured at the Veterans Memorial Plaza are five illuminated panels that showcase each military branch and a large ground-level concrete map of the world with the American flag placed over Washington D.C.

Bomanite Licensee Texas Bomanite was brought into this special project to create the entire ground-level concrete map of the continents, along with the star decorations within the map.  They installed Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Systems using Bomanite Sandscape Refined coupled with the Bomanite Antico finishing process to create approximately 3,000 square feet of distinct decorative concrete.

Bomanite Sandscape Refined Antico decorative concrete was used to create the hardscape surface at the Veterans Memorial Plaza and was placed adjacent to memorial panels that highlight the military branches.

Bomanite Sandscape Refined is an architectural exposed concrete with a very fine exposure depth and in this case was paired with the Bomanite Antico process to create a surface with fissures, voids, and other random effects not normally seen with traditional finished concrete.  Sandscape Refined Antico is a unique aesthetically pleasing alternative system that is suited for exterior applications and provides long term durability, low maintenance, and high safety features.

The continents were further distinguished by adding a sandblast finish and the entire map was tinted using Bomanite Buckskin Con-Color to create consistency across the hardscape while adding beautiful coloration that emphasizes the unique textural detail.

Technical Expertise and Exceptional Results

Distinct areas of concrete were created using Bomanite Sandscape Refined decorative concrete with areas that feature a Bomanite Antico finish and areas that feature a sandblasted finish with bronze stars that highlight major conflicts.

From the conceptual stage and specification development right through to a customized maintenance program, Bomanite professionals bring unmatched expertise with superior Bomanite systems.  Bomanite product lines deliver the best possible combination of creative design options and technical expertise.

This stunning soldier statue sits within a section of the plaza where bricks are laid in dedication to loves ones who have served in the military.

Texas Bomanite’s goal in constructing the plaza hardscape was to provide structural integrity while maintaining the designer’s intent and creating a unique and stunning design aesthetic.  Their technical expertise, exceptional planning, communication, and execution resulted in an exceptional project.  Former Carrollton Mayor Ron Branson, a U.S. Air Force and Vietnam War veteran, said the memorial will pay tribute to veterans who did not stand by in the face of danger, but instead volunteered to place themselves in harm’s way for the good of others.  The outstanding installation of Bomanite Sandscape Refined Antico earned Texas Bomanite the 2020 Best Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Systems Project Honorable Mention Award and provided a durable, distinct, and remarkable feature that will honor veterans for years to come.

Bomanite Licensee Bomanite of Tulsa installed over 2,500 SF of Bomanite Revealed and Bomanite Alloy to create decorative concrete pool decking for homeowners.

This beautiful backyard retreat was created to serve as an outdoor extension to an already stunning home, with contemporary design and distinct detail that enhance the home’s architecture.  Bomanite Licensee Bomanite of Tulsa, Inc. was enlisted to create the pool decking and provide a surface that would visually and functionally complement the pool while also enhancing the home’s exterior and landscaping. 

Durable Hardscape Decking with Versatility for Distinct Design

Residential hardscape features stylish and contemporary design for durable, decorative concrete pool decking that was installed by Bomanite Licensee, Bomanite of Tulsa.

Bomanite decorative concrete is the optimal choice to create swimming pool decking because it provides high durability and versatility for customizing color, pattern, and design style.  The homeowners were originally planning on color and rocksalt but after a visit to the Bomanite of Tulsa showroom they changed their material selection to include Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Systems with Bomanite Revealed and accents of Bomanite Alloy

Bomanite Revealed with bands of Bomanite Alloy were installed here by Bomanite of Tulsa to provide slip resistant and highly decorative pool decking.

Bomanite Revealed combines the durability of concrete with color and pronounced decorative aggregate and utilizes pre-blended binders, light fast pigments, 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. 

Bomanite of Tulsa installs Bomanite Revealed and Bomanite Alloy to create contemporary concrete pool deck design that complements the home’s architecture.

Bomanite Alloy is a unique alternative to other decorative concrete finishes and provides an architectural exposed finish with varying exposure depths using non-native quartz and decorative aggregates that are surface seeded on the concrete.

Bomanite Revealed and Bomanite Alloy both provide an architectural finish that is highly suited for exterior applications, including pool decks or anywhere that improved wear resistance for light to moderate-duty vehicular or foot traffic is required.  Additionally, these highly durable surfaces are available in a multitude of standard and custom options, including light-reflective formulations that reduce heat island effect, water resistant formulations for wet areas, and other specialty applications that can be personalized to your project.

Installation and Award-Winning Results

Bomanite Revealed and Bomanite Alloy were installed here to create beautiful finishes that provide durability, slip resistance, and add distinct design detail.

After the finishes were selected, Bomanite of Tulsa set to work with the installation.  The pool coping was poured first, followed by the field of Revealed.  Alloy was then used to fill in the bands and the combination of Revealed and Alloy was perfect to provide increased surface and slip resistance.  The exposed decking reduces heat island effect, making the pool deck walkable and not hot to the touch.  The drains were incorporated into the exposed aggregate concrete and feature a concealed slot drain design that was chosen to eliminate the sight of drain grates while providing efficient drainage.

From start to finish this project ran smoothly and resulted in a contemporary decorative concrete pool area that broadens the home’s living space, providing an outdoor retreat for the homeowners and their guests to enjoy.  The installation of Bomanite Revealed and Bomanite Alloy earned Bomanite of Tulsa the 2020 Best Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Systems Project Honorable Mention Award for their outstanding efforts in creating a durable and distinct hardscape while adding ambiance and enhancing the homeowner’s sophisticated style.

Bomanite licensee Concrete Arts installed the decorative concrete flooring at the newly redesigned and reconstructed Target East Lake in Minneapolis, MN, using Bomanite Custom Polishing Systems with Bomanite Patene Teres.
Bomanite licensee Concrete Arts installed the decorative concrete flooring at the newly redesigned and reconstructed Target East Lake in Minneapolis, MN, using Bomanite Custom Polishing Systems with Bomanite Patene Teres.

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

How We Rebuild Is More Important

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

Partnering With People Who Live Nearby

Bomanite licensee Concrete Arts installed the decorative concrete flooring at the newly redesigned and reconstructed Target East Lake in Minneapolis, MN, using Bomanite Custom Polishing Systems with Bomanite Patene Teres.

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

A Reimagined Store Is Restored.

Bomanite licensee Concrete Arts installed the decorative concrete flooring at the newly redesigned and reconstructed Target East Lake in Minneapolis, MN, using Bomanite Custom Polishing Systems with Bomanite Patene Teres.

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

Bomanite licensee Concrete Arts installed the decorative concrete flooring at the newly redesigned and reconstructed Target East Lake in Minneapolis, MN, using Bomanite Custom Polishing Systems with Bomanite Patene Teres.

Award Winning Decorative Concrete Concrete Arts earned the 2020 Best Bomanite Custom Polishing Systems Project Honorable Mention Award for this extraordinary project.  As per Mike Dougherty of Concrete Arts, “As you can see from the photos, the damage was quite extensive, but we were able to make some pretty good lemonade out of the lemons we were dealt. Our company feels a great deal of satisfaction in helping this suffering neighborhood try to get back to some sort of normalcy.”

Bomanite of Wisconsin uses Bomanite Imprint Systems to create 6,000 SF of paved concrete pathways leading up to various buildings and surrounding the featured fountains in the center of Direct Supply headquarters in Milwaukee, WI.

Direct Supply, a provider of solutions for senior living and healthcare, opened their doors in 1985 with the mission to improve the lives of America’s seniors.  They are committed to enhancing the lives of seniors and those who care for them by helping senior living and healthcare providers to create amazing environments and improve care and outcomes for the seniors they serve.

Hand-Stained Used Brick Pattern

Direct Supply located in Milwaukee, WI, renovates exterior hardscape with Bomanite Imprint Systems using Bomanite Running Bond Used Brick that was installed by Bomanite of Wisconsin.

Bomanite Licensee Bomanite of Wisconsin worked with Direct Supply at their headquarters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to create 6,000 SF of colored and stamped concrete pathways across the campus.  This distinct decorative concrete paving was created using Bomanite Imprint Systems and imprinted with the Bomacron Running Bond Used Brick pattern.  With over 8,000 hand-stained used bricks that make up the concrete pathways, this unique element is a beautiful complement to the immaculate landscaping and perfectly frames the feature fountains in the center of the grounds.

Built For Durability

Bomanite of Wisconsin installs Award Winning Decorative Concrete with Bomanite Bomacron Running Bond Used Brick pattern, creating over 8,000 hand-stained used bricks for decorative concrete pathways at Direct Supply Milwaukee.

Decorative concrete paving manufactured and installed by Bomanite is the standard for commercial and retail facilities due to its versatility in design and long-term durability.  Bomanite Imprint Systems will stand up to the toughest traffic loads and environmental conditions while adding an appealing touch of distinction to any project.

Award Winning Decorative Concrete

Direct Supply campus features Bomanite Imprint Systems colored and stamped concrete pathways that were installed by Bomanite of Wisconsin.

The skillful installation of Bomanite Imprint Systems earned Bomanite of Wisconsin the 2020 Bronze Award for Best Bomanite Imprint Systems Project and provided Direct Supply with an easy to maintain, weather resistant, and environmentally friendly concrete paving option with stunning design detail and unique architectural features.

Viceroy Santa Monica located in Santa Monica, CA, completes their renovation featuring decorative concrete custom flooring with Bomanite Custom Polishing Systems using Bomanite Modena SL installed by Heritage Bomanite of Fresno, CA.
Viceroy Santa Monica located in Santa Monica, CA, completes their renovation featuring decorative concrete custom flooring with Bomanite Custom Polishing Systems using Bomanite Modena SL installed by Heritage Bomanite of Fresno, CA.

For more than 20 years, the Viceroy Santa Monica has been the area’s mainstay of beach-chic luxury.  It is a place for slow days and fast company.  In 2020 when the Viceroy Hotel Group unveiled plans for a sweeping $21 million interior and exterior renovation of their flagship location, the intent was to usher in a new era in contemporary California cool.  Located along famed Ocean Avenue, the reimagined Viceroy Santa Monica is now more than that because of the Bomanite Modena decorative concrete flooring now enhancing all the common areas on the first level, the deftly curated collection of arts and artifacts, and the ambiance of west coast glam.

Viceroy Santa Monica located in Santa Monica, CA, completes their renovation featuring decorative concrete custom flooring with Bomanite Custom Polishing Systems using Bomanite Modena SL installed by Heritage Bomanite of Fresno, CA.

“The design objective at Viceroy Santa Monica was to re-envision a completely new arrival experience, reception, bar, lounge, and poolside into something both breathtaking and quintessential,” says Ramon Gonzalez, project manager for EDG Interior Architecture and Design.  “The bar at the Viceroy is an indoor/outdoor experience, the main feature that anchors the interior to the exterior,” says Gonzalez of the impetus for EDG’s design. “We wanted all of the colors, art, and finish selections to work together in a sophisticated celebration of ocean-side style. Within any interior, besides the ceiling, the floor plane is the largest format of finish that users experience as they pass through a space, so we needed to do something spectacular.”

Something Spectacular is Realized

Viceroy Santa Monica located in Santa Monica, CA, completes their renovation featuring decorative concrete custom flooring with Bomanite Custom Polishing Systems using Bomanite Modena SL installed by Heritage Bomanite of Fresno, CA.

Bomanite Licensee Heritage Bomanite was chosen to implement that vision.  They installed Bomanite Custom Polishing Systems using Bomanite Modena SL and terrazzo banding to create the stunningly spectacular decorative concrete flooring.  The hotel’s existing floor was a layered fortress of tongue and groove oak planks glued to a plywood substrate affixed to the slab using concrete nails.  None of that had aged well.  “The original wooden floor was in pretty rough shape,” continues Gonzalez. “We knew the floor was being removed and needed a durable replacement that had no boundary between interior and exterior. A decorative concrete floor laid on top of the existing slab was a cost-effective solution for the owner, but we needed something that would express the design’s artistic qualities using a combination of integral colors and the banding segmentation of a terrazzo.”

Technical Expertise Supports Designers

Viceroy Santa Monica located in Santa Monica, CA, completes their renovation featuring decorative concrete custom flooring with Bomanite Custom Polishing Systems using Bomanite Modena SL installed by Heritage Bomanite of Fresno, CA.

The breezy ocean vibe of Viceroy Santa Monica allowed designers to seek a look that symbolized southern California’s soft golden sand.  “We worked closely with Bomanite’s Technical Director to explore an almost endless array of aesthetic choices in conjunction with preliminary pricing to get the exact look and feel we wanted at an achievable cost,” says Gonzalez of the floor’s material selection process. “Bomanite produced samples to show us the details of flecking dispersion, the effects of different sized aggregates, and reviewed banding layouts to improve constructability and performance.”  Technical expertise provided by Bomanite is invaluable in helping architects and designers realize the possibilities they can only imagine.

Construction Challenge of Operational Hotel

Viceroy Santa Monica located in Santa Monica, CA, completes their renovation featuring decorative concrete custom flooring with Bomanite Custom Polishing Systems using Bomanite Modena SL installed by Heritage Bomanite of Fresno, CA.

The challenge of renovating Viceroy Santa Monica while the hotel remained operational was awarded to PWI Construction, a nationwide general contractor and construction manager specializing in hospitality, restaurants, and luxury retail.  “Removing the existing floor was a big challenge,” says Alan Meneou, PWI Construction’s superintendent of a demolition process that unexpectedly involved forklifts, bobcats, and jackhammers. “It took nearly a month to remove the floor and prepare the concrete slab to receive the new finish. Because we had so many other subcontractors working in and around the main lobby everything had to be done in sections.”  Definitely a daunting task when you add in the variable of paying guests traversing around the space.

Construction view of Viceroy Santa Monica located in Santa Monica, CA, completes their renovation featuring decorative concrete custom flooring with Bomanite Custom Polishing Systems using Bomanite Modena SL installed by Heritage Bomanite of Fresno, CA.

Heritage Bomanite, always up for a challenge and excels in complex, custom concrete solutions, installed approximately 4,500 square feet of Modena at ¾” thick segmented by 1,600 linear feet of brass terrazzo strips per EDG’s layout.  “In luxury hospitality, an exceptional experience is always the expectation. You have to be patient with this kind of work if you want exceptional results,” finishes Meneou. “Heritage Bomanite did a great job with the floor. I could tell their team liked what they were doing, which always makes a big difference in the way things turn out.”

Award Winning Decorative Concrete

Heritage Bomanite earned both the GOLD AWARD for the Best Bomanite Custom Polishing Systems and the coveted Bomanite Outstanding System Project GRAND AWARD for the Viceroy Santa Monica project.  When a team of Bomanite professional craftsmen likes what they are doing, good things happen for them and for the owners of the winning project.

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

A Place to Gather and Play

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

Colorful Splash pad Represents Historic Foot District

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

Slip Resistant Durable Hardscapes Create Safe Environments

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

Award Winning Decorative Concrete

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

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.

Brothers Marketplace is a family-owned business that has expanded into local communities bringing an innovative approach to food with unique offerings. With five locations and counting, the neighborhood market offers customers a one-stop grocery shopping and dining experience with a carefully curated selection of fresh foods, local and specialty products, delicious prepared meals, and grocery essentials. Recently a new Brothers Marketplace opened in Waltham, MA that showcases a newly finished sustainable polished concrete floor.

Brothers Marketplace is a family-owned business that has expanded into local communities bringing an innovative approach to food with unique offerings and showcasing a newly finished sustainable floor, Bomanite VitraFlor Polished Concrete, installed by Premier Concrete Construction in Waltham, Ma that complies with Brothers Marketplace overall quality of standards.Designed by BHDP in collaboration with the owners, Roche Bros. the location for the Waltham Brothers Marketplace was the first to be placed in a residential building. The mixed-use structure features the Brothers Marketplace on the first floor and four floors of apartments sit above, delivering on the brand’s promise “Eat. Drink. Be Local.”

With the market emphasizing local producers and vendors, reaching out to local Bomanite Licensee, Premier Concrete Construction, was appropriate. Premier Concrete worked with the designer and owners to establish the perfect floor not only to accommodate patrons but equipment as well; shopping carts, hand trucks, utility carts and adjustable shelving. Unlike traditional floor finishes, such as carpet or vinyl tile, polished concrete does not require extensive maintenance procedures such as waxing, burnishing or wet vacuuming, a benefit the owners appreciated.

Brothers Marketplace is a family-owned business that has expanded into local communities bringing an innovative approach to food with unique offerings and showcasing a newly finished sustainable floor, Bomanite VitraFlor Polished Concrete, installed by Premier Concrete Construction in Waltham, Ma that complies with Brothers Marketplace overall quality of standards.The Bomanite Custom Polishing VitraFlor system can be utilized on existing or new uncolored concrete. Bomanite VitraFlor utilizes select un-colored concrete that is placed and finished to standards required for decorative polished concrete flooring. The concrete is ground to expose the desired amount of aggregate, then polished to the required gloss level and treated with a Bomanite stain resist.  Samples of differing gloss and aggregate exposures were reviewed. The decision was made to install 12,000 sq ft of the Bomanite VitraFlor system with a Class B Fine aggregate exposure, with little or no medium aggregate at random locations known as a salt and pepper finish. The floor was then polished to a Level 3, which typically produces a medium-high sheen level with a 50-60 Gloss reading.  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.

Brothers Marketplace was a concept born from second-generation siblings Rick and Ed Roche of the well distinguished Massachusetts supermarket, Roche Bros. In launching the Brothers Marketplace concept, they wanted to be sure that they kept within their mission of providing their customers with the highest quality products and outstanding customer service.  Bomanite VitraFlor is just one of the quality decorative concrete products and systems offered by Bomanite and its licensed installers, perfect sustainable flooring for grocery stores, retail shops, industrial warehouses and more.

The homeowners of a private residence in Sandy, Utah worked with Bomanite Licensee, Architectural Concrete & Design for their backyard pool and patio hardscape. This outdoor area has a spacious pool deck, waterfall feature, fire pit, several patio areas and stairs that received a cohesive decorative concrete design using the Bomanite Imprint System with several standout coloring techniques.

Architectural Concrete and Design Installed this Nature Inspired Patio, Pool Deck, Fire Pit and Stairs in a Beautiful Stamped Concrete Slate Texture in Sandy, UTThe pool deck and upper patio were poured and the concrete colored with Bomanite Coquina Color Hardener and then a sweat textured finish was applied. Once the color hardened concrete was cured, multiple coats of Bomanite Chemical Stain in Pine and Ebony were applied and then to create the grid design, sawcuts were made in a 4′ 6″ pattern. The pool coping and waterfall feature were stained to compliment the rock surround on the waterfall.

Architectural Concrete and Design Installed this Nature Inspired Patio, Pool Deck, Fire Pit and Stairs in a Beautiful Stamped Concrete Slate Texture in Sandy, UTThe lower patio deck, stairs and fire pit were stamped with the Bomacron Slate Texture mat to provide a simple separation but collective design with the pool deck area. Bomanite Desert Tan Color Hardener and several Bomanite Release Agents in Autumn Brown, Light Brown and Mexican Tile were applied.

The homeowners were thrilled with the overall Bomanite backyard design and how it complimented and integrated with the landscaping of rock walls, creek beds and walking paths.

Architectural Concrete and Design Installed this Nature Inspired Patio, Pool Deck, Fire Pit and Stairs in a Beautiful Stamped Concrete Slate Texture in Sandy, UTArchitectural Concrete and Design Installed this Nature Inspired Patio, Pool Deck, Fire Pit and Stairs in a Beautiful Stamped Concrete Slate Texture in Sandy, UTArchitectural Concrete and Design Installed this Nature Inspired Patio, Pool Deck, Fire Pit and Stairs in a Beautiful Stamped Concrete Slate Texture in Sandy, UT