The specialty aggregates included in terrazzo flooring are the primary ingredient 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.
Recycled aggregate provides vibrant colors not offered by Mother Nature. The environmental benefits of recycled glass can contribute to LEED credit for your project.
T&M now supplies a unique set of aggregate colors that can be found in our Pre-Consumer Art Glass Collection!
“T-Rx has been down in our Civil Engineering building for 4 months now. I’m so impressed there isn’t a mark on the floor. This is the main entrance to the building which gets lots of water and leaves tracked in and it hasn’t hurt the floor at all. The floor is only damp mopped once a day. I can’t wait until T-Rx is available because I want to put it down in more buildings on campus. I highly recommend this product.”
Terrazzo & Marble would like to congratulate all 2014 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.
Minneapolis International Airport
Architect: HNTB – San Diego, CA Terrazzo Contractor: T.B. Penick & Sons – San Diego, CA Terrazzo Resin Supplier: Terrazzo & Marble Supply Companies
(Terroxy® Resin Systems)
Design Notes: The improved San Diego International Airport features 215,000 square feet of terrazzo. Architect, Gordon Phillips chose terrazzo not only because of its durability but the ability to produce a multitude of design ideas while keeping a seamless and clean finish. The idea behind the design was to reflect the movement of the surf on black sand showing in order across the width of the concourses – black sand, wet sand, foam, foam on water and water in sequence. The terrazzo pattern in the areas of the terminals known as Sunset Cove and the Rotundas, was inspired by the tide pools and boardwalks at Point Loma, a local beach in San Diego. The results were not only beautiful but conveyed San Diego’s unique sense of home.
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.
Terrazzo flooring has a long and rich history that dates back over 1500 years. The word Terrazzo originated from the Italian word for “terraces.” It was created purely by chance by Venetian marble workers. During the 15th-century workers discovered a new use for discarded chips from slab marble. They began setting odd size marble pieces from paying jobs in clay to surface the terraces around their own homes. The results were amazing. Throughout time, the process evolved and we now use glass, granite and quartz along with marble chips.
The combination of beauty, durability and low maintenance has led to a renaissance in the use of terrazzo over the past decade. Today, terrazzo flooring continues to provide the ultimate in durability and low maintenance, typically lasting the life of the building.
Choosing carpeting over terrazzo flooring may be a cheaper choice now but over time it becomes just as expensive as a terrazzo floor if not more. Carpeting doesn’t last forever, while a terrazzo floor technically does. Terrazzo flooring is durable and typically outlasts the life of a building itself.