Profiles in Terrazzo: Barbara Palm

Profiles in Terrazzo: Barbara Palm

Profiles in Terrazzo

Barbara Palm

Barbara Palm
Director of Interiors
Anderson Mikos Architects, LTD

When Barbara Palm of Anderson Mikos Architects first encountered terrazzo some 20 years ago during a hospital renovation, she was not at all familiar with the product and found the prospect of working with it a little daunting. There was a lot to learn about the product, such as the finishing process, and many aspects—both aesthetically and practically—had to be considered. It was a lot to take in. But it’s fair to say Barbara Palm is now a convert. She often recommends using terrazzo for large, heavy foot traffic areas.

Through her experience designing interiors for a wide range of medical facilities, Palm has come to favor terrazzo because it is durable, impervious (and therefore antimicrobial), stain resistant, and easy and inexpensive to maintain. But mostly Palm appreciates terrazzo because of the versatility it offers in colors and patterns. Terrazzo “really lets you run with it for creativity,” said Palm. “Terrazzo lets you push the boundaries of flooring.”

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Perhaps her favorite terrazzo project was the Operating Rooms and Main Lobby expansion project at Rush Copley Medical Center in Aurora, Illinois, which represented the culmination of years of Anderson Mikos design concepts and projects for Rush Copley. She first introduced the hospital to terrazzo for its Emergency Department Entrance and Waiting Area, which was then carried through the public corridor to the rest of the facility. The recent new Main Entrance and Lobby have become the jewel of the hospital.

Barbara Palm would like to see more in the way of terrazzo tiles that might make it easier to work in smaller areas. While a few manufacturers create such tiles, the tiles tend to be limited in color and look and don’t have the sparkle that comes from such add-ins as mother of pearl or glass. The tiles also lack differential sizing that would provide more depth.

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Palm believes the best creative results grow out of the designer and client collaborating as a team on the overall design. When it comes to that creativity, Palm suggests getting to know your terrazzo reps. They will give useful ideas about ways to use terrazzo to its best effect.

Terrazzo: The Geometry in Our Floors

Terrazzo: The Geometry in Our Floors

The Geometry in Our Floors

Geometry and shapes are all around us. Terrazzo provides the opportunity to mirror these shapes on the floor beneath our feet. By using lines and curves, a floor can guide us, inspire us, or pique our imagination. Take a look at “The Geometry in our Floors” as we showcase some of the possibilities of lines and curves.

Terrazzo: State of the Art, Classical Design

DePaul School of Music terrazzo flooring

A State of the Art, Classically Designed Building Respects the Surrounding Neighborhood

DePaul University’s new music facility fits perfectly into Chicago’s eclectic Lincoln Park neighborhood.  The owners specifically wanted the “look” of the neighborhood respected  and used when considering the finished structure.

“We selected terrazzo as a flooring material for the primary public spaces of this project because of its durability and timeless aesthetic,” said architect Rob Roubik. “In addition, it proved to be a more cost-effective option than natural stone slabs that were also being considered.”

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A simple three-color design created a classic look for a public space ready for heavy foot traffic. Aside from terrazzo in the grand lobby/reception area, all corridors leading to the practice rooms, recording studios, and student lockers were finished with terrazzo floor. The facility’s managers love the long life cycle of the building and the balanced use of brick, concrete, and terrazzo.

The stair utilizes both poured-in-place terrazzo and precast terrazzo, cohesively connecting one floor to the next and creating a perfect match with the rest of design.

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PROJECT NAME: DePaul University School of Music
OWNER/CLIENT: DePaul University
TERRAZZO CONTRACTOR: Menconi Terrazzo
ARCHITECT: Antunovich Associates, Rob Roubik
GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Bulley and Andrews

TERRAZZO MATERIAL SUPPLIER: T & M Supply, Co.
DIVIDER STRIP SUPPLIER: Manhattan American
PRECAST TREADS: Wausau Textura
PHOTOGRAPHY: Viken Djaferian, FotoGrafix

Terrazzo: The Colors of Possibility

Devos Children's Hospital terrazzo colors

The Colors of Possibility

Terrazzo offers nearly limitless design possibilities. By customizing colors and aggregate combinations, spaces become one-of-a-kind. Whether you are looking for intricate multi-color designs, or seamless one-color designs, terrazzo offers it all. Take a look at “The Colors of Possibility” as we showcase all the colors of the rainbow.

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.

Flowing Design, Welcoming Space

Warm tones and clean lines in the design create an inviting and comfortable environment.

Flowing Design, Welcoming Space

Rush Copley Hospital, Aurora, IL

When it was time for a significant expansion of the Rush Copley Hospital, they turned to terrazzo for a significant and distinct first impression. When you step through the main entrance, you immediately encounter the welcoming flooring design. The flowing lines and curves are in perfect harmony with the natural elements in the lobby. The terrazzo flows up the grand staircase providing continuity in the space. The color palette is classic and professional. The warm tones, along with the clean lines in the design, create an inviting and comfortable environment.

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PROJECT NAME: Rush Copley Surgery Expansion
OWNER/CLIENT: Rush Copley Medical Centers
TERRAZZO CONTRACTOR: Amici Terrazzo (Elk Grove Village, IL)
ARCHITECT: Anderson Mikos Architects, Ltd
GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Leopardo Companies, Inc
TERRAZZO MATERIAL SUPPLIER: T&M Supply
DIVIDER STRIP SUPPLIER: National Metal Shapes
PRECAST TREADS: Wausau Tile, Inc
PHOTOGRAPHY: Viken Djaferian, FotoGrafix

Flowing Design, Welcoming Space

March Madness, Terrazzo Strength

March Madness, Terrazzo Strength

March Madness, Terrazzo Strength

Terrazzo Brings Energy to the Court

Whether you’re shouting, “Rock Chalk, Jayhawk!” or “Go Blue!” the terrazzo designs in sports arenas are sure to boost your energy. Players and fans alike will get a ready for the big game in an atmosphere that exudes team spirit. Arenas set with logos, team colors, and college fight songs make the March Madness crowds flowing through the corridors, stairwells, and main floor ready to cheer on their team. They’ve been waiting all season to see their teams go all the way.

Not only can terrazzo fill the space with school spirit, it can withstand the heavy traffic of the dense cheering crowds. The fans rushing over the floors won’t see a crack, chip, or hole.

This video shows the bold college logos, the lively team colors, the intricate designs that convey the core team spirit. These energetic and durable designs can empower the teams to push harder and electrify the spectators to roar even louder.

Free Form Designs Meld Research and Patient Care

Free Form Designs Meld Research and Patient Care

Free Form Designs Meld Research and Patient Care

Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, Chicago, IL

Terrazzo gives the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab an energetic flow, with free-form designs and bright colors. Patients, family, and caregivers walk into an uplifting and lively space.

It’s a place to get things done, discover, innovate, and heal.

The terrazzo construction is not limited to floor design in a single room. This three-floor, four-color installation defines the space throughout:

  • Some 36,000 square feet of flooring
  • 2,150 linear feet of wall base
  • 10 foot high wall installations

The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is Chicago’s first-ever translational research hospital, focused on both research in rehabilitation treatments and patient care. The facility design needed a functional flow to allow researchers and patients to occupy the same space and work together.

Free Form Designs Meld Research and Patient Care

The versatility of terrazzo provided continuity of color and fluid lines to tie the space together. The design works to blend the work areas, common areas, and patient care areas in a way that fosters communication and promotes a shared presence.

The unified design and flowing patterns cultivates ideas, collaboration, and communication spanning the:

  • 1st Floor Lobby
  • Corridors
  • Elevator Lobbies
  • 10th Floor Sky Lobby
  • Servery
  • Dining Area
Free Form Designs Meld Research and Patient Care

PROJECT NAME: Shirley Ryan AbilityLab
OWNER/CLIENT: Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC)
TERRAZZO CONTRACTOR: John Caretti & Co (Morton Grove, IL)
ARCHITECT: Clive Wilkenson Architects (Culver City, CA)
GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Power Construction (Chicago, IL)
TERRAZZO MATERIAL SUPPLIER: Terrazzo & Marble Supply (Wheeling, IL)
DIVIDER STRIP SUPPLIER: Manhattan American Terrazzo Strip Co. (Staley, NC)
PHOTOGRAPHY: Viken Djaferian, FotoGrafix

Free Form Designs Meld Research and Patient Care

Artistry Reflecting Research

Artistry Reflecting Research

Artistry Reflecting Research

Northwestern Technological Institute, Evanston, IL

Buildings and interiors tell stories. Each organization, its history, and its purpose are reflected in the design.

Terrazzo lets you use color, material accents, and custom art to illustrate the tale, complementing the furnishings and lighting while bringing continuity and character to the story.

The terrazzo design for Northwestern Technological Institute J Wing Infill included six colors and featured an original artist’s design from metal strip using a waterjet process. These designs were developed to reflect the ongoing research in the building’s labs.

The J Wing is an addition to the original 1942 building. The designers used terrazzo to keep continuity with the existing structure in both material and style. This project spanned 4,200 square feet over four floors, which included flooring in the vestibules, hallways, and a three-story atrium.

The color and flowing pattern brings the natural feel of the atrium into the rest of the space.

Artistry Reflecting Research

PROJECT NAME: Northwestern Technical Institute J Wing
OWNER/CLIENT: Northwestern University (Evanston, IL)
TERRAZZO CONTRACTOR: John Caretti & Co (Morton Grove, IL)
ARCHITECT: Flad Architects (Madison, WI)
TERRAZZO DESIGNER: Ambriz Graphic Design (Chicago, IL)
TERRAZZO MATERIAL SUPPLIER: Terrazzo & Marble Supply (Wheeling, IL)
DIVIDER STRIP SUPPLIER: Manhattan American Terrazzo Strip Co. (Staley, NC)
PHOTOGRAPHY: Viken Djaferian, FotoGrafix

Artistry Reflecting Research