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.

Ivy Tech Floored by Terrazzo Savings

Ivy Tech Terrazzo

Sometimes, projects go according to plan, without a hitch. Other times, especially with remodels and expansions, projects end up completely different from their original plans, but still produce something spectacular.

Initially specified and priced as tile, the expansion of the Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana Madison Campus Academic Building was slated to come in way over budget. A radial pattern and the costs for water-jet cutting of the tile made the project much more expensive and difficult than originally anticipated.

“I offered, as a value engineering option, to use terrazzo,” said Anna Tatman of Rosa Mosaic & Tile Company.

The specifications for the job were revised and to the surprise of the designer at The Estopinal Group, it was possible to save a large percentage on the installation costs by going with terrazzo.

The center atrium, library, the second floor mezzanine, and the staircase easily transformed from a radial tile pattern to a radial terrazzo pattern. Changing products didn’t pose a problem for coloring either, because the colors of the tile were easily replicated in terrazzo to maintain the original design intent.

“Terrazzo is easy to match because the colors that you can get with epoxy terrazzo are almost limitless,” Tatman said.

Neutral tones of blue-gray, tan, white, and taupe terrazzo complement the modern feeling of the building. Large amounts of light, combination metal and glass railings, and columns add to the linear, contemporary atmosphere of the student gathering space.

Because Ivy Tech had used terrazzo at other campuses, the designers and the school system were
thrilled to use it again as a way to give the Academic Building a sleek, modern feel and save on installation costs.

“This project solidified how beneficial terrazzo flooring is to an institution like Ivy Tech,” Tatman said.

PROJECT: Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana Madison Campus (Madison, IN)

CLIENT: Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana

TERRAZZO CONTRACTOR: Rosa Mosaic & Tile Company (Louisville, KY)

ARCHITECT: The Estopinal Group (Louisville, KY)

GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Geupel DeMars Hagerman, LLC (Fort Wayne, IN)

TERRAZZO MATERIAL SUPPLIER: (EPOXY,CHIPS) Terrazzo & Marble Supply Companies (Wheeling, IL)

DIVIDER STRIPS SUPPLIER: National Metal Shapes, Inc. (Delaware, OH)

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A Terrazzo Tribute to the Hoosier State

JW Marriott Terrazzo

The Marriott Place Indianapolis, a collection of five new-construction Marriott hotels connected to the Indiana Convention Center, features a beautiful new arts garden just outside of the hotels. A tribute to the state of Indiana, the Art Plaza was designed by artist Jeff Laramore. Co-founder of Indianapolis-based 2nd Globe Studios, Laramore created a 36-foot-tall sculpture of a cardinal, the state bird, and a 60-foot-long waterwall depicting flourishing peonies, the state flower.

JW Marriott Terrazzo Wall JW Marriott terrazzo flower

For the waterwall, Santarossa Mosaic & Tile installed nearly 300 square feet of colorful precast Palladiana terrazzo to bring Laramore’s design to life. Santarossa water-jet cut the peony leaves, blossoms, and flowers from white Venatino marble and granite before fixing them in a black terrazzo matrix. The wall’s mosaic finish and bold splashes of color can now be seen refracting through ever-flowing water in downtown Indianapolis.

CLIENT: JW Marriott Indianapolis
PROJECT: Art Plaza Waterwall
TERRAZZO CONTRACTOR: Santarossa Mosaic & Tile Co., Inc.
DESIGNER: Jeff Laramore
LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT: Claire Bennett Associates
STONE AND CHIPS: Terrazzo & Marble Supply Companies

To view more terrazzo samples, visit the NCTA’s Design Gallery, or view the Terrazzo Color Palette. You can learn more about the NCTA here.

Six Decades Later, Terrazzo Still Inspires

Convent terrazzo
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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To view more terrazzo samples, visit the NCTA’s Design Gallery, or view the Terrazzo Color Palette.

You can learn more about the NCTA here.

Terrazzo Reflects University Traditions

IUPU terrazzo

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 Helps Notre Dame Project Achieve LEED Certification

Notre Dame Terrazzo

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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Terrazzo Inspiration: Long-Lasting Flooring for Libraries

Clayton Library terrazzo

Terrazzo is well suited to public buildings, most notably libraries. The high-traffic entryways, hallways and reception areas need more durability than carpeting can supply.

Polished, gleaming terrazzo is beautiful and tough. Terrazzo can withstand heavy weight, does not stain, and can be cleaned with basic cleaning supplies. When properly cared for, a terrazzo floor can last decades.

The unlimited color palette and ability to create free-form patterns not only provides a unique design, but also helps define different sections and gives directional indications to patrons. Moreover, library carts can be pushed quietly and easily over terrazzo, as there are no grout joints in the floor to make noise or carpet to slow progress.

To view more terrazzo samples, visit the NCTA’s Design Gallery, or view the Terrazzo Color Palette.

You can learn more about the NCTA here.