Biophilic Design & Terrazzo

Biophilic Design & Terrazzo

By: Sydney Griggs

The emerging trend of Biophilic design is here to stay. The term Biophilia, is defined as “a desire or tendency to commune with nature.” Essentially, this design initiative acknowledges and redefines how to incorporate nature and organic elements within our indoor environments. Research has shown that our surroundings can greatly affect our mood, stress level and our overall health. In order to successfully achieve this concept, it’s imperative to know the characteristics that make this trend come to life.

 An important element that contributes to Biophilic design is the integration of natural materials. Terrazzo is a recycled flooring system dated back from 500 years ago, that can be made up of glass, granite and quartz, porcelain or marble. Its known for sustainability and performance within high traffic areas and no limitations in design opportunities.

At Terrazzo & Marble, we’ve had the opportunity to be apart of this innovative trend across various commercial sectors. For Biophilic design inspiration in Hospitality, Multi-family and Office space, view our featured projects below.

Terrazzo in Hospitality 

The Fairlane Hotel located in Nashville’s trendy Business and Arts District illustrates Biophilic influence by incorporating interior plants, natural light and Terrazzo. New York based designers, Reunion, created an invigorating space and memorable experience for guests.

The Fairlane Hotel – Nashville, TN

 

According to “Hotels Are Embracing Biophilic Design“, key characteristics include:

  • Use of sustainably sourced materials / Local materials
  • Living green walls / Vertical gardens
  • Direct and indirect exposure to nature / Varying height & randomness
  • Exposure to natural lighting / Dynamic and diffuse light

 

Shinola Hotel – Detroit, MI

 

Terrazzo in Multi-family

 

The Vermont- Los Angeles, CA

 

 

Terrazzo in Office Buildings

Designing workspaces can be quite different from hospitality. SmokeTree Tower located in Raleigh, NC open lobby encourages employees to connect with nature and commune with coworkers. During the workweek, as many spend majority of their time indoors, creating an enticing space to stay energized and motivated is desired.

SmokeTree Tower – Raleigh, NC

 

Ambius  research states that “subtle, sensory aspects of your office, such as plants, can help you to attract and retain the very best clients and employees. They can also have a significant impact on the perception, collective well-being, productivity and therefore profitability of your operation.” 

 

 

Uline Arena – Washington D.C

 

Our brand, Terroxy is the premier flooring system to achieve Biophilic Design. Terroxy Resin Systems is UL Greenguard Gold Certified for. (Terroxy Resin Systems Brochure) Contact us to receive terrazzo samples for your next Biophilic inspired project at marketing@tmsupply.com!

 

 

Sources: “Hotels are embracing biophilic design,” Zack Sterkenberg, Nov 27, 2017, accessed May 25,2020
“Office Design Services,” Ambius, accessed May 25,2020

 

Terrazzo

White Terrazzo

Designing with White Terrazzo

By: Brad Hedges

White has historically been a very important color in architecture. It has the ability to exhibit darks, lights, and shadows. White terrazzo is the perfect way to define a space in a beautiful and sophisticated manner. White is also timeless, so it doesn’t go in and out of style. White terrazzo accepts and embraces anything that you put next to it.

When selecting white terrazzo, designers often want the whitest and purest white. Designers can choose from crushed white marbles and glass. Marbles naturally have variation and veining, whereas white or crystal clear glass will be more consistent. Below is a comparison of some of the most popular white aggregates all cast into a white resin for a side-by-side comparison.

Polar White glass offers the whitest and purest white. Just like diamonds, you pay for this purity. The polar white glass is a premium material and will add a few dollars a square foot; however, you do gain 70% post-consumer recycled content.

A close second is Blanco Mexicano, in my opinion the best all-around choice. It’s the most consistent white marble, has a minimal cost, and also includes post-consumer recycled content.

Some designers may not want a bright white but rather an off white. If that’s the case, we’d encourage you to simply select a color from any paint manufacturer’s color fan deck, and we can match the resin and help you select a complementary aggregate mix.

Another thing to consider when specifying a white terrazzo floor is the floor finish. White floors will show black scuffs more than any other color. Scuff marks come from soft, low-quality sealers. This nominal coating can have a make-or-break effect on your white floor. Make sure to specify and reject any substitute sealers. For a sealed floor we recommend TRx coating. It’s a high-quality, durable, and hard coating that is certified high traction. Alternatively, you may consider specifying a high polish that removes the topical coating, such as Diamond Floor Enhancement. This provides a beautiful and easy-to-maintain floor finish that is also very scuff resistant.

Lastly, in today’s market it’s popular to specify brass divider strips with white terrazzo. It’s a great look! However, note it is possible for the brass strip to have an adverse reaction to water and cause a bluing along the strips. More on this in a separate post, but make sure to consult with your terrazzo rep for details.

Terrazzo & Marble’s White Collection encapsulates popular variations of white terrazzo. If you don’t find what you are looking for, please contact your local rep for custom samples.

Please enjoy some of our other favorite projects featuring white terrazzo.

For additional Terrazzo Installation photos, please check out our Terrazzo Gallery!

James Bateman

James Bateman Vice President of Terrazzo Division

Terrazzo & Marble Supply Companies Promotes James Bateman to Vice President – Terrazzo Division

 

WHEELING, Illinois – Terrazzo & Marble Supply Companies, one of the country’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of Terrazzo & Stone, has promoted James Bateman to Vice President – Terrazzo Division.  Steve Murray, President/COO, has said its “A great day for T&M and Terroxy! James has been foundational to our success and his vision as a business leader will position us to continue to grow and create opportunities for our Employee Owners to thrive.”

James arrives as Vice President following 18 years of service at Terrazzo & Marble Supply Companies.  Starting in March of 2002 as a member of the Terrazzo Customer Service team, James excelled in all areas of his responsibilities and showcased a strong work ethic. Gaining the trust of his colleagues and clients, James was then promoted to Terrazzo Customer Service Manager.  Managing this team gave James insight on industry trends and allowed a deeper understanding of his clients and their needs.

In 2008 James was promoted to West Coast Terrazzo Manager, tasked to lead and support the expansion of West Coast operations. Following 3 successful years of managing the West Coast Team, James was promoted to Terrazzo Division Manager back at Headquarters in Wheeling, IL.

James Bateman has shared that “Terrazzo & Marble Supply (T&M) was my first real job out of college. At the time I didn’t even know what terrazzo was. It wasn’t long after that I found myself checking out every floor I came across. When I did stumble upon a terrazzo floor, I’d analyze all aspects of the floor; what aggregate was used, the aggregate consolidation, what type of divider strip, etc. etc. It truly became a passion of mine that continues to grow every day.”

“The thing I’ve enjoyed the most during my time at T&M are the relationships I’ve developed with our customers, vendors and fellow Employee Owners. T&M has a great family culture that I’m proud to be a part of. I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank my coworkers for their hard work & continued support, I wouldn’t be in the position that I’m in today without their efforts.”

James holds a Bachelors of Science in Business Management from Arizona State University and is happily married with both a son (AJ) and a daughter (Riley). Hobbies include being an avid Chicago Sports enthusiast, supporting the Bears, Bulls, Sox, Hawks, Devils & being a Terrazzo Dog 4 Life!

About Terrazzo & Marble

Terrazzo & Marble Supply Companies began over 75 years ago with a simple notion, to provide our customers with the highest quality products and unmatched customer service. Through dedication, passion & hard work Terrazzo & Marble has established itself as the country’s elite supplier and distributor of the most beautiful terrazzo imaginable.

As a 100% Employee Owned company, we take great pride in our business and place the highest value on customer relationships. Our commitment to quality products and service will continue to be a focus as a growing, innovative and trustworthy company.

 

 

 

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