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The American Fallen Soldiers Project

The American Fallen Soldiers Project was borne of an idea that professional artist, Phil Taylor, had upon learning that his childhood friend, Capt. Blake Russell, had been killed in Iraq in 2006. Inspired by stories of Blake’s patriotism and courage during the funeral, Phil knew that he wanted to contribute to the Russell family’s healing process, so he painted a portrait of his childhood friend for them.

The family’s reaction to the portrait changed Phil’s life forever and he began the American Fallen Soldiers Project. Since its inception in 2007, hundreds of portraits have been painted and presented to families of fallen soldiers all over the country.

The American Fallen Soldiers Project National Gallery opened its doors in mid-2016, with 5,000 Square feet of gallery and office space. Texas Bomanite polished and dyed 3,040 square feet of concrete in Bomanite’s Black Orchid using the Bomanite Patene Teres system and polished it to a 400 grit. The Polyurea Joint Filler was in the color Gauntlet Grey. To keep costs down for this very special project, Texas Bomanite discounted the retail price as a donation towards the project’s success.

This beautiful gallery and tribute to American’s fallen heroes is located at 4275 Kellway Circle, Suite 132 in Addison each weekday from 10AM-5PM. Texas Bomanite was honored to be a part of this special space. For more information, visit https://americanfallensoldiers.com.

Target Field – Minnesota Twins Stadium

Bomanite Custom Polishing Systems are the right choice for heavily traffiked areas. Polished concrete floors provide durability and offer exceptional resistance to slipping, abrasion and impact.

The architects for the Minnesota Twins Stadium – Target Field wanted a flooring surface that could incorporate design and strength. The Legends Club Level of Target Field showcases Minnesota’s rich history of Twin Hall of Famers and the Met Club and was in need of a surface that could feature an artistic design to help accent larger-than-life art pieces of Kirby Puckett, Harmon Killebrew, Rod Carew and other historic Twins ballplayers.

Bomanite Licensed Contractor, Concrete Arts, provided the solution with the Bomanite Custom Polishing System, Patene Teres. By applying Bomanite Concrete Dyes in multiple colors and dilution levels and polishing the floor area up to a level 2 sheen, Concrete Arts was able to create a surface that allowed for design flexibility and most important functionality. As one of the highest trafficked areas at Target Field, polished concrete provided durability, low maintenance and overtime will hold up better and cost less than any other flooring option.

Upper Iowa University Student Center

The design team for Upper Iowa University wanted a flooring option which achieved the same look as coated acid stained floor without the maintenance the coating requires. When approached by the construction management firm with the clients wants and needs, Bomanite Licensed Contractor, Concrete Arts offered polished and dyed concrete floors as the option with all the answers.

Together it was decided that the Patene Teres level two polished concrete system from Bomanite would be used. A custom blend of Bomanite Warm Honey and Bomanite Malt Brown Concrete Dyes were used to create a stained patina look, with Turquoise accents. Concrete Arts provided continuity to the stair treads and landings with architectural precast polished concrete for that entity. The University was enthralled with the ability to create a monolithic stair tread and riser system which would match the look of the floor and grant the same performance and durability as the low maintenance polished concrete offers.

To cast the stairs and landings, Concrete Arts chose Lifetime Floors’ Quicktops mix due to its polymer-modified and fiber-reinforced traits. The tread and riser system was cast using a corresponding integral colorant to compliment the flooring, and were polished and honed for durability. A traction strip was sandblasted in after the polishing process to provide slip-resistance.

Upper Iowa University was so thrilled with the look of the floor it decided to utilize it in the new Student Book Store and Liberal Arts Center it was building. The book store incorporated a similar polished floor look and had Concrete Arts provide concrete counter tops for the bar in the Student Center. And the Liberal Arts building utilized precast stair treads with an open-riser look as well to create even more continuity from space to space.

Mazopiya Natural Food Store

Bomanite Licensed Contractors, Concrete Arts and Bulach Custom Rock worked together to transform the Mazopiya Grocery Store at Mystic Lake, MN. The floor was a new pour that used a specialty mix design that allowed Concrete Arts to polish a more uniform floor look with larger rock. The client wanted a level 5 deep grind with a Bomanite Concrete Dye to be put on top. The dye, Maple Syrup, was chosen to really help the specialty aggregates stand out. An additional dye was used in the refrigerated section, Sweet Potato, to section off the two areas. Concrete Arts took the floor up to a 1500 grit to provide sheen and light reflectivity

Fresno Police Department – Regional Training Center

The Fresno Police Department Regional Training Center is a 96-acre state-of-the-art training facility that will serve the City of Fresno for years to come. A 20,000 sq. ft. range house anchors one end of the site. This structure includes a warehouse, administration, gun repository, classrooms, simulators and toilet rooms. Nine rifle ranges are included on the site: seven 50-yard, one 100-yard and one 200-yard range with sniper towers. Located adjacent to the ranges is a 3,000 sq. ft. SIMS tower. The facility has numerous vehicle training areas, including a driver awareness pad, skid pad, urban chase and pursuit courses and a tactical village. On the opposite end of the site are a gym, administration building, additional classrooms and vehicle storage and maintenance structure. This project was designed to meet the current “Fresno Green” requirements for new construction.

Bomanite Licensee, Heritage Bomanite brought to life SIM Architects angular floor design with extensive sawcutting and color combinations. Heritage Bomanite used two colors in the field areas and left some areas uncolored natural gray with the complete floor being polished with the Bomanite Custom Polishing System. The Fresno Police Department logo area used Bomanite Concrete Dye – Black Orchid then a 6’ diameter stencil was placed over the dyed polished concrete and the logo was etched using gelled acid. Bomanite Custom Polishing Systems offer many environmentally friendly features, visit the website at www.bomanite.com/polishing to learn more about LEED point elements and Green Benefits.

East Phillips Community Center

East Phillips Community Center was a new project. The architect choose polished concrete for the ease of maintenance, savings cost and sustainability. Mark Kalar, LHB Architects, wanted a polishing company that was known for there decorative work because of the amount of design scoring and complexity of layouts and colors the project entails. Bomanite Polishing Licensee, Concrete Arts was choosen.

The Patene Teres Bomanite Custom Polishing System incorporated several Concrete Dye Colors; Black Orchid, Pineapple, Pomegranate and Warm Honey. Two finishing products were used as well; Bomanite Stabilizer used to harden and densify the concrete and Bomanite Stainguard to provide a protective finish.

The challenges that went along with this project were the layout, design score, separation of all the eclectic colors, color combination and choices and the placement of a metal medallion that needed to be in the center of the room. Concrete Arts provided them with clean lines, no cracking even amongst all the cuts that came together, solid colors with variations that were used to give more of a stained patina look rather than a solid monolithic look.

Colorado Mountain College

When Oz Architecture and FCI Constructors first contacted Bomanite Licensed Contractor, Colorado Hardscapes to do the flooring in the lobby of the Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge, they envisioned a simple Bomanite stain and seal finish. The flooring would have been beautiful with that original design. However, after looking at other options, they and the owners decided to upgrade to polished concrete with decorative radial sawcuts and caulking. The result was beyond beautiful; it was “awesome” according to FCI.

The combination of excellent communication between FCI and Colorado Hardscapes during construction and clear expectations about the limits and inherent beauty in polished concrete allowed this job to become “our best polish job yet” according to Colorado Hardscapes’ Ron Schnell. The multi-colored stain choices (Bomanite Ebony and Auburn), the variety in the sawcuts, and the high-polish finishing seal gave the floor its unique beauty. It flowed well with the layout of the room and the furniture in this main gathering room of the college.

One of the surprises in this particular flooring choice came via the cracks inherent in most concrete floors. While initially concerned with the potential of visible cracks in the finished product, the decision makers came to see this as one of the beauties uniquely characteristic to concrete floors, especially highly polished floors. “We are very happy with the way it turned out,” said FCI. “The owner and architect have both commented on how well it looks. It was great working with you and I hope to do it again in the future.”

Educational Facility #2/Academic Offices at Fitzsimmons

The Project Architect, JD Nelson of Anderson, Mason, and Dale wanted an inexpensive floor relative to the cost of stone, a consistent look of acetone dye rather than a mottled acid stain floor, a reflective floor surface, and something new with a nice level of interest. He liked the idea of being able to specify a color and know that if it did not turn out well; it could be ground off and another color could be chosen. He explained that the first color he chose was not to his liking. This color was easily ground off, allowing him to choose a second color. The normal acid stain job is hard to erase without changing the surface of the concrete. The polishing contractor has the grinders. The concrete has been or will be ground anyway so the process of removing a stain is not detrimental to the job.

JD had some experience in concrete staining, but was open to input from the contractors. So he set up a contest. He called it a “beauty contest”. Three contractors were invited to the contest to show how they would interpret his specification. He allowed the contractors to show how they would stain and polish the floor. Each was given a 10’ x 10’ area. Colorado Hardscapes actually tried two ways. One way was a classic two cut grind, acid stain, and two coats of water based sealer. The other way was the Bomanite Concrete Polish system with acetone dyes polished by All West Surface Prep (AWSP).

The two tests done by Colorado Hardscapes lead to an interesting observation. These two choices were done side by side. While waiting for the architects, the CU rep, and the General Contractor to come by and judge the 4 pads done by 3 contractors, the stained floor was scratched. A metal bar left a deep scratch in the stained concrete floor with two coats of stain. However, when the object crossed the v-cut line that separated the two samples, it did not scratch the polished concrete. Thus, showing how much more durable the polished surface is than the sealed concrete.

The collaborative team of Bomanite Licensed Contractors, Colorado Hardscapes and All-West Surface Prep were chosen for this project that was completed over a 4 month period on time and on budget. Colorado Hardscapes was responsible for the layout, cutting, and dying of all decorative pads in the floor. They stained the floor with Bomanite Maple Syrup concrete dye. The control joints were cleaned and filled with a polyurethane caulk. The project consisted of two buildings totalling in 32,000 sq. ft of polished dyed concrete flooring: the North Building with three floor levels and the South Building with two floor levels. Each building encompassed hallways, a flight of stairs and landing that were polished as well. There were 6200 linear feet of edges to blend and polish that presented a challenge in having to use hand tools rather than the large grinders to make sure the walls and floors matched perfectly. The floors were ground with 18/20 diamonds, then 30/40, 60/80, and 120/150 diamonds. Bomanite Stabilizer Pro was applied between the 60/80 and 120/150 diamonds. Then the floor was polished with 100, 200, 400, 800, and 1500 diamond resins. Bomanite Stain Guard was applied at the end of the polishing to give the floor a nice universal shine.