Terrazzo Takes Flight
Gerald R. Ford International Airport, Grand Rapids, MI
A flowing terrazzo design laid the groundwork for the $45 million Gateway Transformation Project. The architects used the powerful terrazzo design, combined with lighting, to streamline the space and direct passengers through design.
The design radiates from the new consolidated security checkpoint sweeping down the corridors through the retail spaces to the departure gates. The terrazzo pattern ties together amenities, play areas, and exhibits creating a comfortable space to await your next flight. The cool color palette and ambient lighting brings calmness to this bustling transportation hub.
Not only does the pattern complement the overall project design, its durability and longevity made terrazzo a natural choice to meet demands of the high-traffic space. The flooring will maintain its radiance and integrity over time, even with heavy usage. Passengers can rush to their gates, Skycap services can ride through the halls, and airline crew can smoothly wheel their luggage to their next flight seamlessly without impact to this beautiful design.
After another record-breaking year for passenger numbers at Gerald R. Ford International airport, terrazzo strength is critical.
PROJECT NAME: Gerald R. Ford International Airport – Consolidated Checkpoint and Marketplace
OWNER/CLIENT: Gerald R. Ford International Airport
TERRAZZO CONTRACTOR: Central Tile & Terrazzo Co., Inc.
ARCHITECT: Alliiance (Minneapolis, MN)
GENERAL CONTRACTOR: The Christman Company (Grand Rapids, MI)
EPOXY SUPPLIER: Sherwin Williams
DIVIDER STRIP SUPPLIER: Manhattan American
TEMPLATE/STENCILS: Creative Edge Master Shop
PHOTOGRAPHY: Viken Djaferian, FotoGrafix