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.
“The artwork references the color and light patterns from Cleveland in a
very abstract fashion,” said Todd Mayher, project manager with Westlake
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
CLIENT: Cleveland Port Authority
TERRAZZO CONTRACTOR: O.A. Bertin Company
ARCHITECT: Westlake Reed Leskosky
GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Kokosing Construction Company
TERRAZZO MATERIAL SUPPLIERS: Terrazzo & Marble Supply Co.
DIVIDER STRIP SUPPLIER: National Metal Shapes
PHOTOGRAPHY: Anita Bertin DeGreen