The sisters of St. Francis Convent in Mishawaka, IN, have been singing, congregating, and praying on the same terrazzo floors since the convent’s construction in 1950. Even with minimal maintenance, the terrazzo floors in the lobby, corridors, convent chapel, and main chapel are as awe-inspiring today as they were more than 60 years ago when they were first installed.
Designed in the tradition of the old cathedrals found in Assisi, Italy, the architecture and terrazzo flooring of St. Francis unite in a harmony of strength and beauty. The installation was a cement matrix in lieu of epoxy, and the vibrant colors—not often achieved with cement—are a testament to the many possibilities terrazzo has to offer. Within the main chapel, terrazzo continues to lead sisters along the pews and to the altar over a soft color palette accentuated with precise right angles.
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For institutions of higher learning, tradition has always been paramount. Often these traditions are events like homecoming, activities such as community service, or values like leadership.
Architecture, design, and aesthetics are also traditions at many of the proudest colleges and universities. Those that invest in terrazzo maintain a tradition of beautiful and resilient flooring for generations.
Two universities that consistently use environment-friendly terrazzo for their new construction projects are Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and the University of Notre Dame.
For its 2011 Honor Awards, the National Terrazzo & Mosaic Association awarded honorable mentions to both IUPUI’s Campus Center and Notre Dame Law School’s new building, the Eck Hall of Law.
IUPUI’s use of terrazzo fits with its commitment to sustainable design and construction practices. The design of Eck Hall’s floor reflects the tenets of reason, process, and rational judgment taught in the building’s classrooms. The terrazzo floor also features a water-jetted medallion of the Notre Dame seal in intricate detail and brilliant color.
Santarossa Mosaic & Tile Co., Inc., Indianapolis, IN, did the terrazzo work at IUPUI.
The Art Mosaic & Tile Co., Inc., South Bend, IN, executed the Eck Hall of Law’s award-winning design.
To view more terrazzo samples, visit the NCTA’s Design Gallery.
Terrazzo flooring, the original recycled flooring material, helped Notre Dame University’s Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center received LEED Gold certification. Among the sustainable design cited is the following: “16 percent of the building materials used consisted of post-consumer and pre-consumer recycled content, including the structural steel and reinforcement, concrete, metal studs, insulation, aluminum window framing, gypsum wallboard, spray fireproofing, terrazzo, toilet partitions and ceiling tile.” NCTA contractor Member Art Mosaic installed the terrazzo.
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