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.
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.
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.
Santarossa celebrated its Indiana Design Center showroom Grand Opening last November. The series of events included the unveiling of the new showroom, grand hall exhibit of full-sized natural stone slabs, and a granite countertops give-away.
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.