One of the key projects of the Move Rolla Transportation Development District included the realignment of University Drive. Rolla, Missouri residents have consistently rated transportation, specifically congestion relief, as the top focus of City efforts over the last 18 years. This realignment addressed their long-time concerns by realigning University Drive to a new arrival district area for Phelps Health and Missouri S&T. Providing this multimodal transportation network for Rolla’s primary transportation routes was imperative to improve mobility and safety, to connect major activity centers, maximize economic development opportunities, and to provide aesthetic improvements that create a sense of place for Rolla residents.
Bomanite Sandscape Texture Provides Durable and Decorative Detail
Included in this project was the construction of a large roundabout with 15,000 SF of decorative median islands. The addition of the roundabout helps to ease traffic by diverting vehicles away from the City’s other two interstate exits and creates a new front door to the Missouri S&T campus. Bomanite Licensee Musselman & Hall Contractors was enlisted to install the decorative concrete median islands and utilized Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Systems for their installation. Bomanite Sandscape Texture was installed with Bomanite Brownstone Integral Color and Bomanite Color Hardener in Rattan.
Musselman & Hall placed the integrally colored concrete paving and then broadcast the color hardener. They created a custom 15-inch hexagon template that was used to sandblast the color hardener from the surface. This was done in a very specific pattern that was illustrated by the design team to achieve a two-tone design, further emphasizing the pattern, and highlighting the distinct textural detail. Because of the complexity of design, this process required extreme attention to detail and the sandblasting process alone took two weeks to complete.
Musselman and Hall’s Meticulous Workmanship Takes the Spotlight
The Musselman & Hall team brings a unique approach to concrete installation, making them the perfect partner for this truly unique project. With an extremely high level of detail, this installation required diligent and meticulous workmanship. Sandblasting the linear hexagon pattern around the oblong roundabout island was a huge challenge as each hexagon had to be exact for the design to meet up all the way around and not show misalignment at any point.
Award Winning Decorative Concrete
The result is seamless, showcasing the attention to detail and precision that Musselman & Hall is well known for while highlighting a beautifully designed and executed decorative concrete installation. Musselman and Hall was awarded the 2022 Gold Award for Best Bomanite Specialty Project and the striking feature they created not only provides a safe and convenient transportation environment but also creates a sense of place for the community to enjoy and appreciate.