At Currey Ingram Academy, the ornate design of the buildings and campus landscape is as much a tradition of the school as the prestigious education it offers.
From stone to pine finishes, the newly built Jennifer & Billy Frist Hall reflects the time honored heritage of Currey Ingram Academy from floor to ceiling. Among those materials used to intertwine contemporary and traditional design in the 40,000-square-foot building is 7,000 square feet of terrazzo.
The student center features a large dining hall for 5th through 12th grades, a state-of-the-art learning commons for K through 12, and all core administrative offices for the college preparatory school.
Terrazzo covers the high-traffic areas of the building—the corridors, dining area, cafeteria serving line, and entryway. To portray the bridge between the traditions of the school and modern design, the three-color terrazzo features the school emblem with borders that don’t finish all the way to the walls.
“The pattern has a floating effect,” Anna Tatman, Rosa Mosaic, said. “The terrazzo design was a nice intersection between contemporary design with traditional.”
When combined with the other high-end finishes of the building, Tatman said, the terrazzo helps to create the elegant, prestigious atmosphere you would expect to find in a building devoted to education.
“The building need to be a gathering space. The project was to create not just a prestigious looking building, but an inviting atmosphere, whether it’s staff or students. The terrazzo is at the heart of the campus, providing everyone with space to gather and spend time together.”
PROJECT: Jennifer & Billy Frist Hall (Brentwood, TN)
CLIENT: Currey Ingram Academy (Brentwood, TN)
TERRAZZO CONTRACTOR: Rosa Mosaic and Tile Co. (Louisville, KY)
ARCHITECT: Allard Ward Architects (Nashville, TN)
GENERAL CONTRACTOR: The Parent Company (Brentwood, TN)
TERRAZZO MATERIAL(S) SUPPLIER: (Epoxy, Chips) Terrazzo and Marble Supply Companies (Wheeling, IL)
DIVIDER STRIPS SUPPLIER: Manhattan American Terrazzo Strip (Staley, NC)
PHOTOGRAPHY: David Laudadio (Wake Forest, NC)