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West Ridge Elementary School
Chicago, IL
2011 Honor Award Winner

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Terrazzo Contractor
John Caretti & Co.
Bensenville, IL

Designed to achieve USGBC’s LEED for Schools Silver rating, this three-story building maximizes student, staff, and community exposure to day-lighting and good air quality while achieving optimal acoustics for an ideal learning and working environment. Terrazzo was a natural choice for high traffic floor areas including the building lobby, stairwells and corridors to achieve the maximum durability and life span of 100+ years. To enhance the personality of the school and provide educational elements, the lengthy corridors were fit with artistic custom design terrazzo floor patterns, which captivate the minds of students and teachers alike. The three P’s theme include: Planets, Presidents, and Pi. A palette of fourteen unique colors were developed and repeated throughout the varying patterns. Recycled glass was used in the majority of the mixes to enhance the beauty and depth of the color and add to the sustainability of the design. The unique terrazzo system on each floor required both traditional and new installation methods. The terrazzo floor enhances the learning environment for students.


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Architect
Muller & Muller, Ltd.
Chicago, IL

General Contractor
George Sollitt

Construction
Wood Dale, IL

Owner
Public Building Commission of Chicago
Chicago, IL

Resin Supplier
Terrazzo & Marble Supply
Wheeling, IL

Precast Product Supplier
Wausau Tile
Wausau, WI

Divider Strip Supplier
National Metal Shapes
Delaware, OH

Aggregate Supplier
Terrazzo & Marble Supply
Wheeling, IL