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Olin School of Business Expansion, St. Louis, MO

As Washington University began revamping the flooring in the Olin School of Business, the renowned St. Louis college called in Moore Ruble Architects & Planners and Missouri Terrazzo to design and execute the job.

The 34,000-square-foot terrazzo installation was part of a large 120,000-square-foot expansion project to connect Olin School of Business with the Charles Knight Center, according to Kevin Rickman of Missouri Terrazzo.
Unlike most flooring in other academic institutions, the design for the Olin School doesn’t have large emblems or other symbols related to the school. Instead the design was kept simple so as to not distract from other elements of the space, but donor names were carved into the floor later on, Nick Naeger said. The terrazzo design overall complements the existing structure, and the project was among the most high-end of his career, he added.

“It was a subtle selection, but it helped pop a lot of the aspects in the atrium space,” Naeger said. “One of the big architectural benefits is that it appears as though it’s completely seamless.”

The flooring was used to connect the public space to more private areas in the building, Naeger said. Though the terrazzo is the university’s preferred flooring, the terrazzo flooring was a great choice for a high-traffic area, and the pattern worked well aesthetically with the stained wood panels and trim, limestone and other existing materials in the space.

“Terrazzo is a great product for areas with high circulation. Its durability is just awesome!” Naeger added. “[The new flooring] worked well with the whole high-end interior palette.”

Project details

  • Location: St. Louis, MO
  • Project Name: Olin School of Business Expansion
  • Owner/Client: Washington University - St. Louis
  • Terrazzo Contractor: Missouri Terrazzo
  • Architect: Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners
  • General Contractor: Tarlton Corporation
  • Terrazzo Material Supplier: Terrazzo & Marble Supply Co.
  • Divider Strip Supplier: Manhattan American Terrazzo Strip Co.
  • Precast Supplier: Wausau Tile
  • Photography: Bob Holt

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