The staff at Hotel Drover in Fort Worth, TX, pride themselves in guaranteeing your stay will be unique, as no two of the 200 luxurious guest rooms are alike. This urban ranch oasis, an Autograph Collection Hotel by Marriott, embodies a rustic-luxe design throughout. The hotel is the anchor of the award-winning Mule Alley, an entertainment destination transformed from beautifully restored 100-year-old horse and mule barns. Offering an authentic glimpse of the American west, Mule Alley is part of the Stockyards Historic District featuring the world’s only twice-daily cattle drive on Exchange Ave., a carefully curated collection of restaurants, eateries, entertainment venues, shops, heritage brands, and creative workplaces.
Decorative Concrete Creates Unique Design
For Hotel Drover construction, Texas Bomanite, one of Texas’ largest and most respected architectural concrete contractors, was asked by Commerce Construction Co., LP to provide a decorative concrete floor throughout the hotel lobby, levels 1&2 of the offices, levels 2-6, the event barn area, outside the event barn restrooms, and stained concrete columns in the event barn. These are six different architectural areas, with six different specifications, but required an overall cohesive design aesthetic specification – no small task and no small challenge in a state that prides itself in everything being bigger.
The hotel lobby included 3,610 SF of 7/8” Modena SL with Chemical Stain – Gray Concrete Overlay that was later Acid Stained with Bomanite – Ebony Stain. The Ebony Acid Stain was diluted at two different percentages, 10% and 40%, to create the bands and fields as shown in the pictures. The overlays were sealed with a two-part polyurethane sealing system in a matte finish. The architect’s use of reclaimed wood to frame each of the decorative concrete flooring overlays adds another dimension of ambiance and intrigue to the outer bands of concrete surrounding the fields.
Levels 0, 2-6 consisted of 14,525 SF of sealed concrete flooring. Office levels 1&2 consisted of 3,962 SF of Bomanite Ebony acid stain and two-part polyurethane sealing system also in a matte finish. This compliments the chosen décor and creates a delightful work atmosphere. The decorative concrete flooring is alluring and allows the eyes to almost flow seamlessly through the space, with just enough shine to brighten anyone’s mood and lighten the daily workload.
The event barn bar was a total of 797 SF consisting of the same 7/8” Modena SL with Chemical Stain – Gray Concrete Overlay that was later Acid Stained with Bomanite – Ebony Stain and sealed the two-part polyurethane sealing system in a matte finish. Finally, 8 vertical columns in the event barn were stained to match the aesthetic of the rest of the space. The stain helps to accentuate both the height of the ceiling and the lower stone portions of the columns, and to tie the other design elements in the space together.
Bomanite Systems Allow Artistic Inspiration
Bomanite Toppings Systems includes Bomanite Patène Artectura, a unique coloration system applied topically. It turns your concrete into a “canvas” for creating an unlimited range of artistic possibilities that fit any budget, and any design criteria, from mild to wild. Bomanite Patène Artectura achieves dazzling design options that create one-of-a-kind floors, paving or precast options limited only by your imagination. As in this project, Bomanite Patène Artectura is also especially well-suited for both horizontal and vertical surfaces. It’s more versatile than you expect, and more economical than you think.
Award Winning Decorative Concrete
Texas Bomanite is known for their craftsmanship and their ability to deliver and exceed expectations of all project stakeholders. For this project they received the 2021 GRAND AWARD for Best Bomanite Patène Artectura Project. Every bucket list will now include Hotel Drover, an aspirational destination hotel experience like no other. The Hotel Drover exudes the Texas hospitality Fort Worth is known for. The decorative concrete, installed by Texas Bomanite, exemplifies the quality work of their team of specially trained artisans, which is an award-winning example of the Bomanite licensee network.
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