Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
2010 Honor Award Winner

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Terrazzo Contractor
Wisconsin Terrazzo & Tile, Inc.
Onalaska, Wisconsin

Terrazzo was the perfect choice for the West Tower of Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin offering rich colors and a broad palette in a material that is highly durable and easy to maintain. It provided the perfect vehicle for the artistic expression of a design concept that could speak to children of all ages. Using 22 colors, 13 different types of aggregates, and several Water Jet logos, the designers aimed at a way to transport children from the hospital setting to places in nature. Each floor of the hospital is a graphic rendition of the earth, ocean and sky, culminating in a collage of nature’s images in the main lobby. Embedded aluminum and marble inlays of dragonflies, butterflies, fish, shells, leaves and coral appear to float within the background. Since the hospital’s completion, the terrazzo floors have delighted young patients and their families, surrounding them with rich and vivid images of nature, offering an important counterpoint to the powerful medicine practiced here.


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Architect
Shepley Bulfinch

Boston, Massachusetts

Designer
Shepley Bulfinch
Boston, Massachusetts

General Contractor
Boldt Construction
Appleton, Wisconsin

Owner
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin

Chip Supplier
Terrazzo & Marble Supply Company
Wheeling, Illinois

Divider Strip Supplier
Terrazzo & Marble Supply Company
Wheeling, Illinois

Other Significant Material Supplier
Creative Edge
Fairfield, Iowa