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.

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.

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.