Terrazzo: Plan Your Business From The Ground Up!

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When planning a business, great care is taken with every task in order to build a strong foundation. Care should also be take when selecting the building blocks of your business. Proper building materials transform the brick and mortar of a building into an office full of drive and creativity.  Design should begin where you step, with the selection of an office floor; and terrazzo is at the forefront of business flooring options.

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Tested Durability

Many offices around the world have withstood the test of time serving as the headquarters of a business for many years. Terrazzo proves to be the obvious choice with its functionality and performance surpassing those of other flooring systems. Terrazzo’s impeccable durability and strength are ideal for all the various high traffic areas found within fortune 500 business such as the entryways, hallways & restrooms. Terrazzo is a popular choice in new construction as well as in office renovations. Other flooring systems such as vinyl tile have to be replaced frequently in these large, high traffic areas, while terrazzo stands the test of time usually outlasting the building itself. The initial cost of other flooring systems might appear to be more affordable, but don’t be fooled by an initial savings that will end up costing you more over the long haul.

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Cost

Initial cost vs. life-cycle cost, don’t get caught in the trap of saving now to pay later. Less expensive flooring options like carpet and vinyl tile are not the right answer. During the lifetime of a building, the total cost of flooring may exceeds times the initial cost. With terrazzo systems, floors will typically last the lifetime of a building.

Air Quality

Terrazzo flooring is seamless and does not support the growth of bacteria, mold or mildew typically the cause of this concern.  Choose terrazzo and reduce the transfer of germs among colleagues, keeping staff safe and healthy.

Eco Friendly

Interested in sustainable design and building materials? Terrazzo flooring was one of the original recycled products, and today, terrazzo aggregates, binderes and finished systems can help your projects contribute to US Green Building Council’s (USGBC) credits, under the LEED Rating System, version 4.0.

Aesthetics

Avoid the tired finishes that haunt some offices.  Incorporate your business branding and colors into the floor; the rich color and flexible design elements can surpass nay other floor system.

Care

Requiring only a bucket of warm water and a mop, historically terrazzo has been the most easily maintained flooring option.  Now there are also ways to make it even easier. Eliminate the “Wax On, Wax Off” build-up that has added unnecessary dollars to terrazzo flooring.  Revolutionary finish systems have returned terrazzo maintenance to daily cleaning and periodic scrubbing.

Terrazzo: Limited Only By Your Imagination

What is terrazzo?

Terrazzo flooring systems have existed for centuries, dating back to Roman times. Marble chips, byproducts of exquisite sculptures, were mixed with cement and ground to a polished finish to create the original terrazzo flooring system. This enduring mixture is still used today, but with a few modern modifications.

With your surface as the canvas, Terroxy® Resin Systems provides the ability to transform creativity into a durable and timeless art. The glue that truly bonds your system together, Terroxy® Resin Systems’ Epoxy Matrix, provides a beautiful, seamless surface that is easy to maintain.

Terroxy® Epoxy Matrix:

Terroxy® Epoxy Matrix provides a system that is long lasting and easy to maintain. Resistant to chemicals, oil, grease and bacteria, Terroxy® Epoxy Matrix is ideal for commercial, industrial and institutional applications. This special formula does not allow for colors to fade or to wear thin. The colors you choose today will be just as vibrant in 40 years.

Terrazzo Chip-Aggregate For Terrazzo Flooring:

The specialty aggregates included in terrazzo flooring are the primary ingrediant of the terrazzo design mix, typically representing 70% of the flooring system. These aggregates are most commonly marble chips; however, glass and other specialty aggregates are also suitable for terrazzo flooring.

Domus Divider Strip:

Divider strips are commonly used in terrazzo flooring to serve two basic needs: form and function. For thin-set epoxy terrazzo, the most common divider strips are an “L” type manufactured in a white zinc alloy or brass.

Divider strips may simply serve as a transition between colors or they may be bent on the job site or water-jet cut at the factory to form intricate designs, logo artwork and lettering.

The primary function divider strips offer is to control cracking in your terrazzo flooring topping.

T&M offers custom strip design for any terrazzo project from basic patterns to the most complex designs.

ecoTrazzo-Sustainable Living:

ecoTrazzo is a thin-set epoxy terrazzo flooring system designed to provide additional green benefits relative to traditional poured-in-place terrazzo systems.

The key components to an ecoTrazzo floor include the incorporation of sustainable chips and VOC.

Common Applications:

  • Airports
  • Cafeterias
  • Hospitals
  • Locker Rooms
  • Museums
  • Office Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Schools
  • Shopping Malls
  • Stadiums/convention centers

Terrazzo Installations:

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Kalahari Resort-Wisconsin Dells, WI
Terrazzo Contractor: Grazzini Brothers & Company
Photographer: David Markley

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Kalahari Resort-Wisconsin Dells, WI
Terrazzo Contractor: Grazzini Brothers & Company
Photographer: David Markley

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Kalahari Resort-Wisconsin Dells, WI
Terrazzo Contractor: Grazzini Brothers & Company
Photographer: David Markley

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Kalahari Resort-Wisconsin Dells, WI
Terrazzo Contractor: Grazzini Brothers & Company

Photographer: David Markley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KFC Yum Arena

KFC-Yum Arena-Louisville, KY
Rosa Mosaic & Tile Co.
Photographer: David Laudadio

 

 

 

KFC Yum Arena

KFC-Yum Arena-Louisville, KY
Rosa Mosaic & Tile Co.
Photographer: David Laudadio

 

KFC Yum Arena

KFC-Yum Arena-Louisville, KY
Terrazzo Contractor: Rosa Mosaic & Tile Co.
Photographer: David Laudadio

KFC Yum Arena

KFC-Yum Arena-Louisville, KY
Terrazzo Contractor: Rosa Mosaic & Tile Co.
Photographer: David Laudadio

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Children's Mercy Hospital for Terrazzo & Marble

Children’s Mercy Hospital East Clinic-Kansas City, MO
Terrazzo Contractor: DESCO Coatings
Photographer: Steve Puppe

Children's Mercy Hospital for Terrazzo & Marble

Children’s Mercy Hospital East Clinic-Kansas City, MO
Terrazzo Contractor: DESCO Coatings
Photographer: Steve Puppe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Children's Mercy Hospital for Terrazzo & Marble

Children’s Mercy Hospital East Clinic-Kansas City, MO
Terrazzo Contractor: DESCO Coatings
Photographer: Steve Puppe

Children's Mercy Hospital for Terrazzo & Marble

Children’s Mercy Hospital East Clinic-Kansas City, MO
Terrazzo Contractor: DESCO Coatings
Photographer: Steve Puppe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cathedral of Christ the King

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Architect:    Murphy-Graves – Lexington, Ky
Terrazzo Contractor:    Martina Bros. Company, Inc.-  Lexington, KY
Terrazzo Resin Supplier:   Terrazzo & Marble Supply Companies
(Terroxy® Resin Systems)

 

Design Notes:  The craftsmanship of the contractor and the versatility of terrazzo are fully demonstrated in the renovation of the original 1960s building.   This 3,500 square-foot installation brings in 3/8” epoxy terrazzo to match the sand-cushion terrazzo; perfectly matching the original color scheme and the Italian marble aggregates that were used.   The flow from one color to another is visually consistent giving the Cathedral of Christ the King a clean and beautiful finish.

 

With terrazzo, the possibilities are endless. Let the floor be your canvas and bring terrazzo into your next project by contacting your Architectural Sales Consultant for assistance at 800.7.MARBLE or visit www.tmsupply.com.

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Terrazzo… The Floor As Your Canvas

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Architect:    HKS Architects – Las Vegas, NV
Terrazzo Contractor:    Corradini Corp. – Fountain Valley, CA
Terrazzo Resin Supplier:   Terrazzo & Marble Supply Companies
(Terroxy® Resin Systems)

 

Design Notes:  The Smith Center for the Performing Arts should be the template for all theaters yet to come.  The time and care that went into the finishes of the two adjoining buildings is unparalleled.  Epoxy Terrazzo covers almost every inch of this project.  Each space holds a different design and utilizes a different Terrazzo function to create a unique yet contemporary feel.  The Terrazzo system includes a Moisture Vapor Barrier and a Crack Suppression Membrane along with 4 very precisely chosen colors that flow together in timeless patterns. The logo is displayed everywhere, including the Terrazzo floor.  The main focal point of the structure is a “chevron” pattern that can be seen from all 3 levels above.

 

With terrazzo, the possibilities are endless. Let the floor be your canvas and bring terrazzo into your next project by contacting your Architectural Sales Consultant for assistance at 800.7.MARBLE or visit www.tmsupply.com.

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2013 NTMA Honor Awards

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Terrazzo & Marble would like to congratulate all 2013 National Terrazzo & Mosaic Association (NTMA) Honor Award winners. Each year the NTMA recognizes the most interesting, intricate and beautiful terrazzo installations from the previous year at their annual convention. This collection of jobs truly demonstrates how the quality and craftsmanship of an NTMA terrazzo Contractor and creativity of architecture and design can transform a floor into a performing art.

Cathedral of Christ the King - Martina Bros.

Cathedral of Christ the King
Martina Bros.

Nu Vista Living - Alpine Terrazzo

Nu Vista Living
Alpine Terrazzo

Multimodal Transportation Center & City Hall - Missouri Terrazzo

Multimodal Transportation Center & City Hall
Missouri Terrazzo

Jacksonville International Airport - David Allen Company

Jacksonville International Airport
David Allen Company

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Lurie Children’s Hospital
John Caretti & Company

Children's Hospital of Orange County - Corradini Corp.

Children’s Hospital of Orange County
Corradini Corp.

UCLA Pauley Pavilion - Top End Constructors

UCLA Pauley Pavilion
Top End Constructors

Miami World Globe - David Allen Company

Miami World Globe
David Allen Company

University of Colorado Corradini Corp.

University of Colorado
Corradini Corp.    Photo – © StudioQ

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Children’s Mercy East Clinic
- Desco Coatings

2013 Honor Award Winners Special Category:

Art- Pharmaceutical Corporate Office
- David Allen Company

Renovation- Tacoma Union Station
- North American Terrazzo