Terrazzo and Basketball: A Match Made in Winter
Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, WI
Winter is the perfect time for basketball. But wintertime can be tough on floors where many people track in melting snow and ice on boots and shoes. When the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks wanted to build a new arena, the owners opted for terrazzo flooring, which is perfect for high traffic areas. Terrazzo also has unique qualities that can handle winter traffic while maintaining its beauty.
The terrazzo was laid down in sections, prepping and grinding along the way. After the building was fully enclosed, the terrazzo crew returned to each section to polish the terrazzo and apply sealer. Throughout the entire process, the general contractor and the terrazzo contractor coordinated to meet the client’s tight schedule—events were already being booked—and to create a beautiful floor ready for opening night.
The arena uses 89,000 square feet of epoxy terrazzo in the main concourse and main entry lobby and 5,000 lineal feet of epoxy terrazzo base. There are four sets of precast stairs. The final product created a simple, clean design, color scheme, and logo that the owners wanted . . . with a floor that will last a lifetime even with heavy winter traffic.
PROJECT NAME: Fiserv Forum (formerly Milwaukee Bucks Arena)
OWNER/CLIENT: Deer District, LLC
TERRAZZO CONTRACTORS: Northern Illinois Terrazzo & Tile Co.; Roman Mosaic & Tile Company
ARCHITECTS: POPULOUS; Eppstein Uhen
GENERAL CONTRACTOR: M.A. Mortenson Company
TERRAZZO MATERIAL SUPPLIER: Terrazzo & Marble Supply; Tectura Designs (Wausau Precast) (precast stairs);
ROMOCO (precast straight and cove base)
DIVIDER STRIP SUPPLIER: National Metal Shapes
PHOTOGRAPHY: FotoGrafix, Viken Djaferian