Terrazzo and Basketball: A Match Made in Winter

Terrazzo and Basketball: A Match Made in Winter

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
GENERAL CONTRACTOR: M.A. Mortenson Company
TERRAZZO MATERIAL SUPPLIER: Terrazzo & Marble Supply; Tectura Designs (Wausau Precast) (precast stairs);
ROMOCO (precast straight and cove base)
PHOTOGRAPHY: FotoGrafix, Viken Djaferian

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.

Evoking Nature with Intricate, Sustainable Terrazzo

Nicholas Conservatory Gardens terrazzo

In honor of its 100th anniversary, the Rockford Park District in Rockford, IL, broke ground on the construction of the new Nicholas Conservatory and Gardens in August of 2009. Today, the conservatory is a glimmering jewel along the Rock River where locals and visitors can enjoy its exotic wildlife, streams and waterfalls, educational exhibits, and more.

As a greenhouse that now exemplifies natural beauty, the Nicholas Conservatory and Gardens was constructed with heavy consideration for the environment. In line with that commitment to sustainability, terrazzo was chosen to guide visitors along the conservatory’s serpentine paths. As a result of these green efforts, the conservatory is now LEED Silver certified.

This naturalistic terrazzo project, designed by artist Linda Beaumont and implemented by Northern Illinois Terrazzo and Tile Co., won an Honorable Mention at the 2012 NTMA Honor Awards. In conceiving the design, Beaumont was inspired by the winding Rock River. The terrazzo floors now render a dazzling bird’s eye view of the river as it runs through Illinois and unites with other rivers.

Nicholas Conservatory and Gardens

Beaumont used the many distinct properties of terrazzo to execute her vision. She eloquently explained how she did so for a publication of the Rockford Park District and the Nicholas Conservatory and Gardens, titled In Full Bloom:

The composition of the entire floor suggests water, with additional sinuous lines of river currents adding color and rhythm. The shimmer of the river’s surface is implied through the iridescent glass, mirror chips, and glitters that are seeded into the surface of the terrazzo, and within the floor are inclusions such as glass cane, beads, shells, and shards of colored glass. All together, the bits and pieces of glass bring a presence of the movement of the river, swirling and pulling all the different shapes through the Conservatory lobby, and into the magical world of exotic plants seen in the distance.

There are cells of color, rings of change throughout the “River Within.” These, too, are of a special nature, and symbolize the many worlds that all whirl together as one within the community of Rockford.

ARTIST: Linda Beaumont (Seattle, Washington)
TERRAZZO CONTRACTOR: Northern Illinois Terrazzo and Tile Co. (Rockford, Illinois)

Terroxy Resin Systems (Wheeling, Illinois)

Terrazzo and Marble Supply Co. (Wheeling, Illinois)


Terrazzo and Marble Supply Co. (Wheeling, Illinois)

Linda Beaumont DBA Truefaux, LLC (Seattle, Washington)

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

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