Best of NCTA 2018

Time-tested terrazzo techniques show breadth, beauty, and versatility.

Best of NCTA 2018

Breadth, Beauty, Versatility

Each year, the North Central Terrazzo Association gathers to discuss advances in technology, to refine industry techniques, and to build camaraderie across our association. We seek to make time-tested terrazzo techniques even better.

We also look back at the projects completed by our association members that show the breadth, beauty, and versatility of terrazzo flooring. Many of these projects are award-winning designs and installations, and they include hospitals, colleges, research centers, sports arenas, transportation hubs, and churches.

Join us as we celebrate some of the finest projects the contractors of the North Central Terrazzo Association have created.

NTMA Honor Awards: Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago


As the city of Detroit continues to recover from its devastating economic crisis, revitalization is everywhere. Included in this renewal was bringing the abandoned 1920s-built Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago building back to life in the hustle and bustle of downtown Rock City. And so Bedrock Real Estate Services set forth a challenge ROSSETTI couldn’t resist—design an open, light-filled ground floor renovation with space for retail and eight floors of modern office space in the 176,000-square-foot building.

As mixed-use properties include space for retail and restaurants on the main levels and housing or commercial tenants up above, the architects at ROSETTI worked to meet the needs of its client, all while preserving the history of the building.

“We had to figure out some smart ways that were both historically appropriate and accurate, met the client’s needs, and showed a sense of respect for the original architect in the ’20s and for the addition designed by Japanese architect Minoru Yamaski,” Kelly Deines, principal architect at ROSSETTI, said.

The architects played on the fact that in Japanese culture, everyone has a ghost name. The design for the lobby became this idea that the spirit of Yamaski is wisping throughout. According to Deines, this created the concept of movement for the space’s design. A fluid, waving pattern continued this concept on the floor. Deines said terrazzo was the ideal material due to its longevity and customization. Made from pea gravel, travertine, different textured metals that resemble coins, and clear epoxy, the terrazzo combines the ode to Yamaski with the building’s rich history as a bank.


“It became this ‘arte povera’ (poor art) concept,” Deines said. “It (terrazzo) is a tried-and-true material. A ‘poor’ material done luxuriously.”

PROJECT NAME: Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago (Detroit, MI)
CLIENT: Bedrock Real Estate Services (Detroit, MI)
TERRAZZO CONTRACTOR: Artisan Tile (Brighton, MI)
GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Sachse Construction (Detroit, MI)
TERRAZZO MATERIAL SUPPLIERS: Terrazzo & Marble Supply Companies (Wheeling, IL) & Wausau Tile (Wausau, WI)
DIVIDER STRIP SUPPLIER: National Metal Shapes (Delaware, OH)
PHOTOGRAPHY: Jeff White, Octane Photography Studio

NTMA 2014 Honor Awards

Each year, the National Terrazzo & Mosaic Association (NTMA) celebrates the most interesting, creative, beautiful, and appealing terrazzo floors completed by NTMA contractors with its annual NTMA Honor Awards.

The awards honor the best terrazzo floors from the last year. Projects are judged on the basis of:

  • excellence in craftsmanship
  • intricacy of design
  • scope of work
  • originality of ideas
  • artistic and faithful reproduction of architects’ or designers’ drawings
  • quality of construction materials

Five experts and experience designers score the projects based on photos and a description of the job, but the project’s name, location, contractor, and all other parties involved with the construction are kept secret. Once the scores are tallied, the winners are announced, and the highest score receives the honor of “Job of the Year.”

This year, three NCTA members received Honor Awards for their work.

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago 
Detroit, MI
Artisan Tile


Originally built like a fortress in 1927, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Detroit branch building was given new purpose as a retail and office space, with flooring that will make you stop on a dime.

Cleveland Hopkins International Airport
Cleveland, OH
O.A. Bertin

Cleveland Hopkins International Airport

Cleveland Hopkins International Airport’s walls and floors have become a permanent art gallery, as part
of Cleveland’s overall initiative to showcase its rich artistic and cultural diversity.

Crisler Center
Ann Arbor, MI
Michielutti Bros.

Crisler Center

To rise to the glory of “The Victors,” the University of Michigan’s Crisler Center was in need of a renewal, complete with banners flying with the floors – leading “The champions of the West” to victory.

Detailed posts about each project will be posted throughout the weekend, so make sure to check back!