The Coloradan

When The Coloradan, a luxury residential tower downtown, searched for a subcontractor, Colorado Hardscapes proposed an achievable price and schedule on the decorative concrete scope of work. Ultimately, however, we lost the bid.

Months later, the general contractor called to inquire about our ability to take on the decorative concrete scope for planters and seat walls in three separate rooftop lounges because they did not feel the desired design was achieved during the mock-up. Never willing to walk away from a great opportunity to build better relationships, we proposed an achievable alternative. This alternative plan worked with their schedule and corresponded with the architectural intent.

After grinding and patching the previously installed form-finished concrete walls for a smooth surface, our crew applied Bomanite’s Micro-top ST. This product delivered a sand-finished surface that appears nearly identical to what was specified. The beautiful result won us a gold award for the 2018 Annual Bomanite Project Awards!

Around a year later, the client asked for four large images and three small ones engraved into the polished concrete flooring (done by others). Originally, we had intended to sandblast the images into the concrete of the lobby. This would have involved sandblasting inside an enclosure to control the dust. A visit to World of Concrete, just a month or so before, introduced us to a CNC concrete engraver. This method allowed for a more controlled and cleaner process.

Colorado Hardscapes is proud to leverage the complete line of Bomanite products and this new method of engraving. These developments help clients think outside-of-the-box with solutions that meet their needs and exceed their expectations. The Coloradan is a perfect example of innovations in concrete.