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Elmwood Restaurant

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.

CUPS Yogurt

Cups, a self-serve yogurt store chose Bomanite Micro-Top for its ability to provide custom colors and graphics that matched the cool vibe of the store. Bomanite Licensee, Beyond Concrete, had to first remove the extensive existing glue and surface and do some much needed crack patching. Once the Bomanite Micro-Top overlay was in place Bomanite Hydrocoat sealer and Bomanite Interior Floor Finish were applied to provide the low-maintenance and protection needed for the day to day foot traffic.

Micro-Top by Bomanite is a cutting-edge technology, that uses a paper-thin concrete medium, that 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.

Micro-Top can transform damaged concrete or an expanse of plain, gray concrete into a distinctive and dynamic area, bringing bold colors and designs where they’ve never been before. Micro-Top is an ideal replacement for carpeting or laminate flooring-no costly blasting is necessary before application-resulting in significant savings of time and money and making it perfect for that retail makeover.

St. Vrain Elementary School #26

A Concrete Learning Environment
When the St. Vrain School District in Northern Colorado decided to add a new school to their map, they did not want just another cookiecutter school. They hired RB+B Architects and the Birdsall Group to design an atypical school that would create an educational learning environment relevant to the history and geology of the town where it would be located. The resulting St. Vrain Elementary School #26 in Erie creates educational areas for students to learn about their region’s history and geology outside of the traditional classroom.

For this LEED certified school, the school district selected Adolfson and Peterson (A&P) as the general contractor because of its reputation for budget consciousness and its school construction experience. RB+B, the Birdsall, Group, and A&P worked with Bomanite Licensee Colorado Hardscapes, Inc. (CHI) during the design process to ensure that their visions for the concrete applications at this school could be constructed within budget and to the quality desired. As a result, the transition from design to construction flowed smoothly.

Mineral Pedestal
After students enter the school they are encouraged to engage in an educational component designed by RB+B in a typically un-used area of the lobby. Underneath a stairwell in the main corridor of the school, CHI worked with A&P to create a raised pedestal on which rocks from all four geological types were hand-placed and glued. The mineral pedestals had a polished Bomanite Modena SL with embedded rocks, and the perimeter curb was a light gray Bomanite Micro-Top. Local aggregates embedded in a concrete topping and polished to a high sheen exposed these rocks and created the protective surface on which to sandblast referral numbers next to each grouping of rocks. The school placed placards within the slab to help students identify each type of rock.

Cafeteria Flooring
The Bomanite polished concrete cafeteria floor in this school serves as a transition point, moving students from the outside through the cafeteria and gymnasium. With a creative use of elongated steps, the steps leading from the gymnasium to the cafeteria doubles as extra seating for the gymnasium. In addition to aesthetics and functionality, the finish provides the school with very low maintenance flooring. The choice of polished concrete offers intrinsic savings to the total project by enhancing the mandatory concrete slab rather than covering it with a disposable overlay of carpet or tiles that have a shorter life cycle and higher maintenance costs. CHI created on-site mock-ups for approval from the architect and owner prior to actual placement of the floor in the school.

Because of the craftsmanship required in both the concrete placement and the polishing process of these floors, steps, and ramps, CHI used the expertise of different crews to perform the work. The polishing team needed to remove all surface cream as well as bisect large aggregate in a consistent visual texture across the entire area, including the edges, steps, and ramps. The ramp provided the challenge of needing to be dense, reflective, and cleanable, but it also needed to provide the correct traction and slip resistance for wheel chair access. After a couple of samples CHI found a successful stopping point in the polishing process that met all the requirements for this area.

Interpretive Site Wall
After students walk through the school and down the beautifully polished ramp, they can exit to a playground enclosed by an educational interpretive wall. The Birdsall Group and CHI team, through budgeting and design conversations, chose an integrally colored wall displaying both an organic form finish and a more refined, yet natural, Sandscape® finish. The wall tells a story on each side. The side facing the parking lot shows the terrain where the town of Erie sits. The side facing the playground gives a timeline of the history of Erie.

The construction of the walls took creative thinking and pre-planning. Because of the two different finishes on the wall, CHI’s crews developed unique methods for forming and facing the walls. The walls contained both finishes on each side and needed to be poured monolithically. CHI worked with the designers to adjust the design slightly to create a formed concrete solution. On site the crews used great care to place, strip, and finish the walls. Other contractors on the jobsite commented on the craftsmanship displayed.

Pulling It All Together
Through design meetings, samples, on-site mock-ups, coordination with all parties, and on-time delivery, CHI exceeded expectations on St. Vrain Elementary School #26. This project required extensive coordination for CHI to provide the variety of finishes required. Crews with different expertise worked side-by-side, offering the client ease in scheduling, contracting, managing and communication. With an accelerated schedule to open school on time, no other concrete contractor could meet the demands of multiple decorative concrete finishes, sustainable requirements, and coordination better than Colorado Hardscapes, Inc.

 

Intermark Group

PROJECT SPECIFICATIONS/INFORMATION

Description:

Intermark Group is an advertising agency based in Birmingham and worked with Architectureworks to develoop a collaborative environment that would inspire creativity in their new downtown locataion.

Bomanite Licensee, Jeffco Concrete Contractors were called upon to add a touch of spice to the decor with the neutral Tan and the vibrant Smoldering Red custom Micro-Top colors. The floor area was laid out and decorative sawcut in a random design. The Micro Top was then troweled on by hand to create a mottled effect. The decorative joints were filled with a black grout to finish this stunning project off.

Awards
2011 – Honor Award, Alabama Council of the AIA

Sterling Home Mortgage

PROJECT SPECIFICATIONS/INFORMATION

This 1,223 sq.ft. interior commercial project used Micro-Top® by Bomanite White Base and Bomanite Chemical Stain color application throughout. The inspiration behind this project came from the owner who has an additional office utilizing specific colors on his stained concrete floors. BJerk Builders approached Progressive Concrete Works, Inc. with the hope to match the floors of the new office with the floors of the existing office. The original office floor was stained directly on the existing slab by another company. The new office required an overlay to be applied before staining due to differences in the base material and the complications of an exact match.

By utilizing the Micro-Top® by Bomanite overlay system and the Bomanite Patene Artectura Chemical Staining system, Progressive was able to achieve the owners desired look, allowing for a more vivid presentation of the colors. The combination of Rust Red, Burnt Ember and Black Chemical Stains were applied along with Rust Red, Pine and Black in an alternating 8’ x 8’ scored grid pattern giving a subtle contrast and tasteful flair to the office environment. The floors were then sealed with Bomanite HydroLock and buffed to give sheen and an overall refined appearance.

Private Residence – Oakhurst, CA

PROJECT SPECIFICATIONS/INFORMATION

Description:

The homeowner wanted to truly bring the outdoors in and create the look and feel of a beach and lake in his mountain retreat. Bomanite Licensee, Heritage Bomanite worked with the homeowner to develop the design and bring out the bright colors of water and sand. Bomanite Micro-Top in White was chosen as the surface and then stained with Bomanite Con-Color. Several colors were used to get the vibrant blues and greens that represent the water element. To create the letters and compass, stencils were used, color applied, edges and joints were hand cut and grouted and sealed.

Village of 5 Parks

PROJECT SPECIFICATIONS/INFORMATION

Client Need:
The owner of this planned community needed to create a high impact village and community center to be the “heart” for the surrounding community. Although they wanted to achieve a pleasing aesthetic, budget constraints did not allow for imprinted or even colored concrete.

Solution:
Bomanite Licensee, Colorado Hardscape’s exclusive Sandscape Texture® by Bomanite, formliners, and sandblasting on uncolored concrete for the walls, flatwork and steps created different textures and the visual appeal of the hard surfaces.

Results:
Concrete is the design material used to create the pathways surrounding the Community Center, the elegant pool deck, decorative wall, and The Depot floor that together make the Village of Five Parks’ Village and Community Center a truly unique and beautiful “heart” of the villages. The concrete walls include custom designed and fabricated formliners, a rustication grid pattern and selected areas of sandblasting. Concrete flatwork on sidewalks and the pool deck is highlighted by banding and panels of uncolored Sandscape Texture concrete. Cantilevered steps are installed at the changes in elevation and natural stone paving is incorporated into the concrete paving. Interior Bomanite Micro-Top and staining of the concrete floor in The Depot kept the character of a train station of yesteryear.

Stapleton Redevelopment

PROJECT SPECIFICATIONS/INFORMATION

Client Need:
Concrete paving is very prominent on this project, and the designers needed to be sure that the finished product met all of their specifications for the high profile center of the Stapleton Redevelopment. The hardscapes needed to integrate with real stone in the city center and lend consistency and beauty to the rest of the walkways, patios and plazas along the street.

Solution:
Bomanite Franchise Partner, Colorado Hardscapes, Inc. walked the property and worked closely with designers to determine their needs. With the Sandscape Texture® by Bomanite system and the superior craftsmenship of CHI, the team was able to install the job to the quality necessary of the project.

Results:
Colorado Hardscapes worked with both Mortenson and Saunders on different sections around the Stapleton Town Center, including paving for patios and sidewalks along 29th Ave. Black banding and special “V” saw-cuts distinguish special areas along 29th Ave. Near the water features at the town center real stones were integrated into the- Sandscape Texture around the perimeter. The Visitors Center features a multi-colored Bomanite Micro-Top interior floor.

The University of Alabama at Birmingham Recreation Center

The Campus Recreation Center at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, is designed to serve as a vibrant activity hub for the UAB campus community. The facility is also the cornerstone of a future campus green, complementing the urban university’s commitment to becoming a more traditional, residential campus. The center allows existing programs to grow, while allowing for creation of aquatics, wellness and informal recreation offerings.

Upon entering the center, sightlines allow views into virtually every activity space. The facility boasts 18,000 square feet dedicated to weight training and cardio fitness; a four-court, wood-floor gymnasium; a separate synthetic-floor gymnasium; five racquetball courts (with one convertible to squash); four fitness studios; and an aquatics center with both leisure and lap components. Other amenities include a game room, a child-care area, a juice bar and a wellness suite.

A defining architectural feature of the building is an indoor jogging track that passes through every major activity space. Bomanite Licensee Jeffco Concrete Contractors worked with the architects design to install 12,000 square feet of custom colored Bomanite Micro-Top for the flooring surfaces throughout the Recreation Center. This high-end unique modern day design resulted in Jeffco Concrete winning the 2005 Best Micro-Top Project Gold Award.

First Texas Honda

Bomanite Licensed Contractor, Texas Bomanite worked with project designer Architect’s Inc. in the initial design phase in providing several different flooring systems for First Texas Honda, which is the largest Honda dealership in the world at over 140,000 square feet.

Texas Bomanite was asked to provide 95,665 square feet of diamond polished concrete flooring in the service areas and service drive. The finishes ranged from 800 grit to 100 grit. In the showroom area and service building, 37,150 square feet of custom colored Bomanite Micro-Top was installed with over 40,000 linear feet of decorative scoring. The highlight of the showroom was the Honda logo. 270 square feet of the front entry features the Broadcast Aggregate system by Bomanite, and the front entry walks and bridge deck features over 7,515 square feet of the Bomanite’s Sandscape exposed system.