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.

Terrazzo: Unique Design in Blended Space

Terrazzo: Unique Design in Blended Space

Cafaro Chooses Terrazzo for Unique Design in Blended Space

Cafaro Company Headquarters, Niles, OH

When the Cafaro Company was designing the new corporate headquarters, they turned to terrazzo to deliver a stunning, yet functional, design. The project changed the face, and the very core, of the existing building. The architect and designers at Phillips|Sekanick Architects, Inc. transformed an underutilized section of the three-story Eastwood Mall Complex into Eastwood Office Centre, an open and inviting 50,000 square foot office space for more than 200 employees. The team worked with Youngstown Tile & Terrazzo to cover the general flooring and staircases.

In this blended space, the flooring is the connector between the office building, mall, and banquet space/conference center. Bruce Sekanick, Principal Architect, recognized that the flooring selected needed to “be durable, look nice over time, be long-lasting, and provide a flexibility of design.” They needed a material that would give the space the sense of permanence and durability that Carfaro is known for. Terrazzo was the clear choice.

The team created a design that fit with the existing retail space and hotel, and flowed seamlessly throughout. They chose natural colors and a fluid design to blend the spaces and provide a timeless pattern that could match the longevity of the terrazzo itself.

“Terrazzo’s diverse color palette and flexible design allowed us to control the color and movement in the floor,” explains Heidi DeMark, IIDA, the interior designer for the project. “The inspiration was to use warm and cool colors to convey the ripple effect and movement showing the Carafo’s reaching effect on the community with this lifestyle center.”

Terrazzo: Unique Design in Blended Space

This design clearly shows the alive, dynamic, evolution that is Cafaro.

Terrazzo helped the architect and designers accomplish their vision, complementing the soft natural lighting, creating a warm and inviting main space, and providing a floor that was just as inspiring from the ground level as it was from the connecting bridge above.

Terrazzo’s versatility makes for a design that supports use for any need, as an inspiring and stunning entry or a social area for banquets. It has the flexibility for any event or purpose. Even the annual Christmas tree fits in nicely, showcased in the center of the entryway each December.

The ability for terrazzo to so vibrantly convey the messaging with the movement of design exceeded expectations. People come in from all over the country, and they walk into this visually stunning space that leaves an impression. Terrazzo completes this grand entry to provide a unique experience.

Terrazzo: Unique Design in Blended Space

PROJECT NAME: Cafaro Company Headquarters
OWNER/CLIENT: Cafaro Company (Niles, OH)
TERRAZZO CONTRACTOR: Youngstown Tile & Terrazzo (Canfield, OH)
ARCHITECT: Bruce Sekanick (AIA, OAA), Phillips|Sekanick Architects, Inc. (Warren, Ohio)
INTERIOR DESIGNER: Heidi DeMark (IIDA), Phillips|Sekanick Architects, Inc. (Warren, Ohio)
BIM MODEL MANAGER: Stephane Gula (Assoc. AIA), Phillips|Sekanick Architects, Inc. (Warren, Ohio)
TERRAZZO MATERIAL SUPPLIER: Terrazzo & Marble Supply Co. (Wheeling, IL)
DIVIDER STRIP SUPPLIER: Manhattan American (Staley, NC)
PRECAST TREADS: Wausau Tile (Rothschild, WI)
PHOTOGRAPHY: The Builders Association

Terrazzo Ignites Warm Atmosphere of Hospital

Terrazzo Ignites Warm Atmosphere of Hospital

Creating a sustainable, yet contemporary addition to an existing hospital requires impeccable design and diligence from architects. Skidmore Owings & Merrill Ohio LLC (SOM) rose to the challenge by enhancing Christ Hospital with a modern Joint and Spine Center that emphasizes wellness.

The 381,000-square-foot addition includes a new main entrance and concourse for the hospital; 87 patient rooms; 12 operating room; and education, outpatient, and support spaces. SOM created a warm and highly functional space, while providing a hospitable approach to the design.

Terrazzo Ignites Warm Atmosphere of Hospital

“The new patient rooms have expansive views of the city and surrounding landscapes. They are designed with the patient’s perspective in mind,” Arthur Cantwell III, associate at SOM, said. “All spaces have access to daylight and nature.”

To continue the light and airy quality of nature on the flooring, SOM’s monolithic design called for terrazzo in the public spaces. “There is no pattern other than the zinc strips that correspond with the structural grid,” Cantwell said. “We put the focus on developing a complex formula of stones, stone sizes, and recycled glass to create a visual depth. We were able to achieve the appearance of Venetian terrazzo with epoxy terrazzo.”

Because Christ Hospital wanted visitors to experience a warm environment at the Joint and Spine Center, a rift cut oak was chosen as the wood species for the addition. The color and character of the terrazzo was chosen to enhance the quality of the wood and the space as a whole.

“Both materials work together in harmony. The floor serves to enhance the continuity of the public space.” Cantwell said. “The terrazzo has a beautiful natural character while being a man-made product. It is timeless.”

Terrazzo Ignites Warm Atmosphere of Hospital

PROJECT NAME: Joint and Spine Center, The Christ Hospital (Cincinnati, OH)

CLIENT: The Christ Hospital (Cincinnati, OH)

TERRAZZO CONTRACTOR: Martina Brothers (Lexington, KY)

ARCHITECT: Skidmore Owings & Merrill Ohio LLC (Chicago, IL)

GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Messer (Cincinnati, OH)

TERRAZZO MATERIAL SUPPLIERS: (Epoxy, Chips) Terrazzo & Marble Supply Companies (Wheeling, IL)

DIVIDER STRIP SUPPLIERS: National Metal Shapes, Inc. (Delaware, OH)

PHOTOGRAPHY: Viken  Djaferian (Wausau, WI)

NTMA Honor Awards: Cleveland Hopkins International Airport

Cleveland Hopkins International Airport

With more than 11 million visitors a year, the Cleveland Hopkins
International Airport serves as the first and last impression of the city to
many. To establish Cleveland as the artistic and culturally diverse
metropolitan that it is, the CLE Art Program was created.

The project transformed the airport into a local art gallery. Like most
galleries, some exhibits will come and go, but one will remain—the
Terrazzo Art Project. With a theme of “Cleveland—A Green City on a
Blue Lake (Past, Present & Future),” the flooring features artwork by
seven Northeast Ohio artists, including a group of local high schoolers
and a TSA officer.

During the renovation, more than 100,000 square feet of black carpet
was replaced with epoxy terrazzo. The retail space and concourse
include the locally designed artwork.

Cleveland Hopkins

“The artwork references the color and light patterns from Cleveland in a
very abstract fashion,” said Todd Mayher, project manager with Westlake
Reed Leskosky.

Cleveland Hopkins International was so thrilled with the results of the
renovation that it has chosen to move forward with more renovation,
adding terrazzo flooring in the remaining areas of the airport.

“It’s a hard surface for rolling luggage. It’s easy to clean,” Mayher said.
“It’s a timeless material. It will last a long time and won’t show its age.”

PROJECT NAME: Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (Cleveland, OH)
CLIENT: Cleveland Port Authority
TERRAZZO CONTRACTOR: O.A. Bertin Company (Cleveland, OH)
ARCHITECT: Westlake Reed Leskosky (Cleveland, OH)
GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Kokosing Construction Company (Fredericktown,OH)
TERRAZZO MATERIAL SUPPLIERS: Terrazzo & Marble Supply Companies (Wheeling, IL)
DIVIDER STRIP SUPPLIER: National Metal Shapes (Delaware, OH)
PHOTOGRAPHY: Anita Bertin DeGreen

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!

Terrazzo Artistry in Cleveland Airport

Cleveland airport terrazzo

What better place to showcase the work of local Cleveland artists than a place where more than 11 million people visit every year? And what better material to bring those artistic visions to life than terrazzo?

The city of Cleveland has done just that. Through the CLE Terrazzo Art Project, it has transformed the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) into a local art gallery. While some exhibitions come and go, the Terrazzo Art Project is a permanent installation. The rich colors of the designs will be a proud reminder of Cleveland’s beauty for decades.

The Terrazzo Art Project’s theme is “Cleveland – A Green City on a Blue Lake (Past, Present & Future).”

Cleveland’s own O.A. Bertin Co. was the contractor on the job, overseeing the terrazzo installations in seven separate locations throughout the terminal and concourses at CLE.Claire Sullivan Gerdes is a Cleveland artist and designer who runs her own design studio, Claire Sullivan Design. Her design, “Hooked on Cleveland” (pictured), was one of the seven designs selected for the CLE Terrazzo Project. Claire’s use of diverse shapes, naturalistic images, and symbolic icons—all framed by a flowing border—serves to highlight Cleveland’s world-renowned institutions, abundant natural resources, and the down-to-earth charm of the “Forest City.”

LOCATION: Cleveland Hopkins International Airport
PROJECT THEME: Cleveland – A Green City on a Blue Lake (past, present & future)
DESIGNERS: Betsy Nims Friedman, Mark Rook, Maria Cuadra, Eaon March, Chae Simpson, Claire Sullivan, Sean Michael, Tom Koskey, Eva Kwong
ARCHITECT: Westlake Reed Leskosky
GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Kokosing Construction Company
DIVIDER STRIPS: National Metal Shapes
EPOXY SUPPLIER: Terrazzo Marble & Supply Companies
CHIPS SUPPLIERS: Terrazzo Marble & Supply Companies and Continental Terrazzo Supply

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 Adds a Tasteful Touch to New Ohio Facility

Mane Inc. terrazzo
MANE Inc., a France-based corporation specializing in flavors, fragrances, and ingredients, recently constructed a brand-new manufacturing facility in Lebanon, Ohio. MANE wanted floors that were stylish, sterile, and sustainable. Those preferences narrowed it down to one choice: terrazzo.

For the new construction project, Hixson handled the design of the terrazzo flooring in the lobby, cafeteria, conference room, and the second floor, where the research labs are located. Plumes of rich greens and blues represent the fragrances and scents that MANE develops, and fine circles scattered throughout the floors represent the flavorings MANE creates.

The terrazzo contractors at F&M worked with Hixson to finalize the design templates before the terrazzo was poured. The different terrazzo aggregates were poured “wet-on-wet,” or one after the other, to control the blending and shaping of the terrazzo on the spot. This method is challenging, because the epoxy has a short cure time, meaning that there’s a tight window to shape the terrazzo before it hardens.While it’s typical for terrazzo mixtures to contain mostly marble and stone chips, the MANE terrazzo floors hold roughly 70 percent recycled mirror and glass. This design decision lends the floors a feeling of effervescence, especially in the way the glass plays with the customized, water-jet-cut metal circles that populate the floors.

The terrazzo floors in MANE’s new manufacturing facility provide visitors and employees with a stunning introduction to the company’s culture, mission, and products. The vibrant colors, dazzling textures, and playful shapes align with the company’s brand identity and business; the smooth, durable surfaces are easy to keep clean for product quality control; and the recycled materials within the terrazzo composite demonstrate MANE’s commitment to environmental sustainability.
PROJECT: R & D Facility (Lebanon, OH)
TERRAZZO CONTRACTOR: F&M Tile & Terrazzo Co., Inc. (Fort Wayne, IN)
ARCHITECT & DESIGNER: Hixson Architecture & Eng. (Cincinnati, OH)
DIVIDER STRIPS: National Metal Shapes, Inc. (Delaware, OH)
CHIPS & EPOXY MATRICES: Terrazzo & Marble Supply Companies (Wheeling, IL)
PRECAST BASE: Precast Terrazzo Enterprises, Inc. (Raleigh, NC)

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.