Bomel Construction

Bomel ConstructionBomel’s thriving architectural and site division make it a one-stop shop for concrete construction.

By Chris Kelsch

When Vice president of Architecture and Site Concrete Shawn Devine was asked to join Bomel Construction six years ago, the company was already one of the largest structural concrete contractors in the western United States. Founded by Bob Matranga and Mel Reznicek in 1970, Bomel has reached its perch by completing a steady mix of high-profile projects, including CenturyLink Field, home of the Seattle Seahawks; the Honda Center, home of the Anaheim Ducks; and the Phase I remodeling of Dodger Stadium. And just recently, the company was awarded the architectural and site concrete work scope on Banc of California Stadium, a 22,000-seat soccer-specific arena for the Los Angeles Football Club.

But despite those high-profile projects, what the company really built its name on was parking structures, particularly in California and Nevada, ranging from MGM’s T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas to the Del Amo Fashion Center in Torrance, Calif. “One of the biggest factors in Bomel’s success has been the ability to create a niche for themselves,” Devine says. “They have done roughly 500 parking projects over the last 40-plus years in business, so they were able to build off of that reputation.”

And build they have. Already known within the industry as the dean of parking structures in the western United States, Bomel wanted to expand and become a one-stop shop for all concrete projects, including site and architectural work. That type of work is generally considered everything outside the building lines, including driveways and walkways, also known as “hardscape.”

Creative Potential

That work also has tremendous possibilities for creative design work, including colored decorative concrete paving in an array of finishes and textures.  Realizing that Bomel could capture a large portion of this market as well, President Kent Matranga decided to start his own architectural and site division, tapping Devine to head it in 2011.

Devine has a long history of working in concrete, starting with the architectural and site division of now-defunct Sullivan Concrete in 1988. In fact, he worked alongside Bomel on many projects, as Bomel would handle the structural portion while Sullivan would manage the architectural and site portion. His hiring gave the newly minted division instant credibility. Bomel box

Since being launched, Bomel’s architectural and site division has consistently brought in numerous projects on time and within budget, both in California and throughout the West Coast.  In particular, the division recently completed work on Roberts Pavilion at Claremont McKenna College. “We did all of the site work,” Devine says. “That entails a grand staircase, an entire renovation of the exterior, and a cantilever edge.” Included within the project was an oval outdoor seating area with eight antique light posts. The ground below the posts is covered with dark gray concrete, seeded with crushed mirrored glass and black carbide.

The architectural and site division also recently finished an award-winning project with the Great Wolf Lodge Resort in Anaheim, Calif. “his project had a lot of design elements, including an Alicante pattern with a black and white meandering pathway,” Devine says. “We also had some imprinted boardwalk patterns from Bomanite. The white portion is seeded white aggregate during the pour, and we sandblast that portion for effect.” The results did not go unnoticed, as Bomel notched the Grand and Gold awards from Bomanite for 2016.

As the architectural and site division has built its reputation, the size and complexity of its projects has increased as well. In fact, because the structural concrete division has already won the contract for a four-level parking structure in the Hollywood Park Casino in Inglewood, Calif., the architectural and site division is in the running to do all of the architectural and site work for the centerpiece of the Hollywood Park project, the $2.6 billion football stadium for the Los Angeles Rams. “It’s probably the largest job site I have ever estimated,” Devine says. “There is potentially more construction work outside of the stadium, so there is a ton of opportunity.”

There are some notable differences between the two divisions, namely their geographic reach. While the structural division will travel anywhere in the country, the architecture and site division typically stays closer to home. “My division typically stays within a four- to five-county radius in southern California,” Devine notes. “It has to be the right job for us to travel. The structural division will go anywhere, however, including sites in Washington, Oregon and Utah.”

For Devine, the steady influx of projects merely reflects the high standards set by its founders more than 40 years ago. “Basically, they were true believers in the philosophy of ‘we screw it up, we fix it,’” says Devine. “And that translates into a good reputation.” 

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