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: The Colors of Possibility

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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.

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.

Make Your Space Buzz: Entertaining Terrazzo Designs

Make Your Space Buzz: Entertaining Terrazzo Designs

Make Your Space Buzz

Entertaining Terrazzo Designs

With vibrant color options, eye-catching designs, and striking patterns, terrazzo can make your venue come alive.

Versatile terrazzo can create designs that set the atmosphere in all types of entertainment venues including casinos, theaters, and hotels. From the bold colors used in the Grand Victoria Casino to bring the energy to the floor, to the lively design at the Muny in St. Louis that adds excitement to the space, terrazzo can set the stage for a memorable experience.

This video gives you a glimpse into what a terrazzo design can add to an entertainment space. See examples of the clean lines that add a feel of sophistication, the timeless designs that set the tone for your cinema experience, and the delicate patterns that bring the beauty of nature into public spaces. Next time you are out at the theater or a concert, look down at the floor, it might surprise you.

Terrazzo Tales: Floors that tell stories

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Terrazzo Tales

Floors that tell stories

Terrazzo tells stories. With the rich color selection and freedom of design, terrazzo lets you create visual narratives that last through time.

This can be seen in the design for Frazier History Museum in Louisville, Kentucky. The museum, located in the city’s Museum Row, has a terrazzo flooring that features a map of the Midwest, weaving together the story of colonial America.

The design for the Richard and Barbara Silverman Hall for Molecular Therapeutics and Diagnostics takes the storytelling capabilities of terrazzo to new heights. The building was named after the legendary Northwestern University professor and developer of the Lyrica drug. To pay homage to Silverman’s creation, the terrazzo flooring features the periodic table, single-strand helices, and the molecular makeup of Lyrica.

Terrazzo can do more than simply make an eye-catching floor. It can enlighten visitors to the history of a building, honor a structure’s legacy, and carry its narrative long into the future.

Wayfinding: Designs that Guide

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Designs that Guide

Wayfinding systems guide people—they provide a visual experience to make complex spaces easier to navigate.

Terrazzo is especially suited for helping patients orient to large healthcare facilities, students navigate from one classroom to another, and travelers find their way in airports.

Adventist Cancer Institute is a case in point. Its poured in place terrazzo floor features a “compass of meaning” and “ribbons of hope” mentioned in the Institute’s mission statement.

“The colors of the ribbons correspond with the colors of the points on the compass, which represent peace, hope, faith, and love,” said Abby Weilmuenster, senior interior designer at Earl Swensson Associates. “And while they’re decorative, they’re also wayfinding (guides) for visitors and patients.”

The design at the Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens drew inspiration from the winding Rock River. Designer and artist Linda Beaumont describes how the design brings each visitor on a journey. “The composition of the entire floor suggests water, with additional sinuous lines of river currents adding color and rhythm. 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.”

Terrazzo “takes your design factor to another level,” says Kenny Stanfield, partner at Sherman Carter Barnhart, architects for Brooks Elementary. With the design freedom and vast color palette of terrazzo, designers and architects can create wayfinding to direct wherever they want visitors to go.

Design Versatility at Your Feet: A Walking Tour

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Design Versatility at Your Feet:
A Walking Tour

While terrazzo is often associated with durability and timeless design, its versatility makes it perfect for creating works of art at your feet.

Designers and architects have the freedom to experiment with terrazzo’s vast color palette and create any pattern they choose. Want to create bold letters in a funky font? Or direct a path by the lines laid out? Or create a mosaic look using a variety of aggregate and hues? Terrazzo does it all!

Join us and be inspired by our Walking Tour throughout the Midwest. Notice amazing art from one building to the next as you look down at your feet (and see ours too!).

Terrazzo Creates Whirlwind of School Spirit

Paducah Middle School

As powerful as a tornado, a good education has the ability to cause remarkable change. Once absorbed, knowledge is carried to places much further than where it began, elevating students to new heights. Paducah Middle School embraces its mascot and provides a wealth of inspiration right as you enter the school.

Greeting you on the floor of the main entrance spins a 24-foot Fighting Tornado, the school mascot, armed with a book and pencil, full of school spirit and ready to learn.

Paducah Middle School Tornado

The Fighting Tornado logo in the terrazzo lobby floor is made complete by a surrounding compass with an arrow pointed to the high school, the students’ next stop in their education. Motivational and inspiring words framed by yellow stars put the finishing touches on the centerpiece of the school’s terrazzo flooring.

“That’s to remind the students to reach for the stars in their academic and personal lives,” said Kevin Rickman, Missouri Terrazzo.

Chosen for its longevity and durability, 3/8-inch epoxy terrazzo is featured in 20,000 square feet of the brand new, 92,000-square-foot building.

Terrazzo continues in the hallways on both the first and second floors. White epoxy and an accenting radius blue epoxy border run along the lockers. Lining the hallways are 120 1-foot blue epoxy Fighting Tornadoes, continuing the display of Paducah school spirit.

The cafeteria features a staggering brick pattern of yellow and white epoxy terrazzo in a 3-foot-by-6-foot herringbone design.

Rickman said terrazzo is especially beneficial in the cafeterias, hallways, and lobbies of middle schools due to its ease to maintain and clean.

“Whether it’s spills or foot-traffic, the wear on terrazzo is excellent,” he said. “It’s the only floor to put in.”

PROJECT: Paducah Middle School (Paducah, KY)
CLIENT: Paducah Public Schools
TERRAZZO CONTRACTOR: Missouri Terrazzo (St. Louis, MO)
ARCHITECT: RBS Design Group Architecture (Owensboro, KY)
GENERAL CONTRACTOR: A & K Construction (Paducah, KY)
TERRAZZO MATERIAL SUPPLIER: Terrazzo & Marble Supply Companies (Wheeling, IL)
DIVIDER STRIP SUPPLIER: Manhattan American Terrazzo Strip (Staley, NC)
PHOTOGRAPHY: David Laudadio