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Decorative Concrete Fort Worth: Living in Color TCU's Worth Hills Village offers residence halls with decorative concrete flair

In August 2013, Texas Christian University opened two new residence halls for increased on-campus housing. The halls, called Worth Hills Village, accommodate about 400 students near the southwest corner of the campus.

Polished colored concrete TCU logo apartment building
Photos courtesy of Texas Bomanite

TCU broke ground on Worth Hills Village in 2011, and construction is proceeding in three phases. Phase one established the new dormitory buildings. Phase two will include a parking structure, dining facility, and possible renovations to another residence hall. Phase three will include new housing for fraternities and sororities.

Texas Bomanite worked with architect and designer Newman Jackson Bieberstein on the design phase and The Beck Group for the installation. Texas Bomanite had previously worked on other construction projects on campus. The university liked the finishes and techniques that Texas Bomanite used in other areas, and put them in the driver’s seat on the Worth Hills Village project, says project manager Chandler Balch, Texas Bomanite’s lead estimator.

The project includes a walkway that extends from the back of the dormitory complex between the two halls to the corner of Stadium Drive and Bellaire Drive North. The walkway features two custom TCU logos. Often, logos such as these are accomplished using stain or epoxy, but not in this case. Micro-Top XT by Bomanite, a two-part, polymer-modified cementitious coating, was used to fashion a 25-foot circumference purple horned frog. The second logo, a 62-foot circumference circle of the TCU letters, was installed using Bomanite Sandscape in the color Gobi Desert.

The landscape architect wanted something a little different for the walkways, even though integrally colored bands would have worked. Bomanite’s Sandscape product uses a combination of integral color, a custom mix design, topically applied chemicals and skilled technicians to achieve a consistent etched look.

Polished and colored concrete TCU horned frog

Texas Christian University
2800 S. University Drive, Fort Worth
(817) 257-7000
Contractor: Texas Bomanite, Dallas
Bomanite systems used: Exposed Aggregate System Sandscape Texture in Gobi Desert; Micro-Top
Architect: Newman Jackson Bieberstein Inc., Dallas
Installation partner: The Beck Group, Dallas