With more than 16,000 credit and noncredit students
roaming its facilities, Malcolm X College wanted to install
flooring that would be easy to maintain despite the burden
of heavy foot traffic.
Terrazzo, offering a combination of longevity, color choices
and easy maintenance, turned out to be the ideal choice.
The higher education institution near Chicago’s West Side
liked that it can withstand heavy usage and the test of time.
Drew Deering, a project manager for Moody Nolan who
worked on the site, said the school was very specific in
what it wanted. “Durability and reduced operations,” he
said. “How easy it is to clean and maintain over time in a
school facility that’s very well used.”
While the strength and resilience of the floor is a major
selling point, the look is sure to catch your eye first. The
college selected grey and white terrazzo with a sharplooking
“One of our clients favored the mother of pearl aggregate,”
Deering said. “That gives it the [sparkle].”
Pre-manufactured terrazzo was used for the vertical
installations on the grand stairs to maintain the terrazzo
look, but the rest of the terrazzo was installed in the first
floor lobby, near the college’s elevators and in an upper
level seating area.
Though the colors are muted, they work in terms of
longevity, and the use of terrazzo within the long hallways
and corridors created a clean, uniform look.
“We had very long hallways,” Deering said. “Some are
100 feet long, so it gave a great visual effect of having one
solid material going along those corridors. You can always
repaint walls, but you can’t always redo floors.”
PROJECT NAME: Malcolm X College
OWNER/CLIENT: City Colleges of Chicago
TERRAZZO CONTRACTOR: Menconi Terrazzo (Bensenville, IL)
ARCHITECT: Moody Nolan (Chicago, IL)
GENERAL CONTRACTOR: CMO Joint Venture – Clark Construction, McKissack & McKissack, and Old Veteran Construction
TERRAZZO MATERIAL SUPPLIER: Terrazzo & Marble Supply Companies (Wheeling, IL)
DIVIDER STRIP SUPPLIER: Manhattan American Divider Strip Company (Staley, NC)
PRECAST TREADS AND CUSTOM BASE: Wausau Tile (Wausau, WI)
PRECAST BASE: Terrazzo and Concrete, Inc. (Chicago, IL)
PHOTOGRAPHY: Mike Fetro, Terrazzo & Marble Supply Companies (Wheeling, IL)