We asked some of our member terrazzo contractors for their advice based on their experience with installing terrazzo over a variety of old substrates.
Some dozen years ago, one of our member contractors had a conversation with the owners of a convention center about their flooring. They wanted to install 24×48-inch tile in a 7,500-square-foot open area. He tried to convince them that terrazzo was a better choice. The floor was going to cost about $200,000; terrazzo would have been about 10 percent more, but the contractor offered to do it for the same price. The architect preferred the look of the large format tiles, though, so that’s what was installed. Read More >>
Frank Klemaske is the Executive Vice President of business development and sales at T.B. Penick and Sons, Inc., in San Diego. His company, founded in 1905, is an accredited contractor with the National Terrazzo & Mosaic Association but is also ranked the number one decorative concrete contractor in the country by Concrete Construction magazine. Mr. Klemaske began his career in the trade of imprinted concrete 40 years ago. Read more>>
Nearly 50,000 square feet of epoxy thin-set terrazzo was installed over existing quarry tile flooring in the concourse of the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, NY. Built in 1972 and home to the New York Islanders and the Long Island Nets, the Coliseum was renovated starting in 2015. Developers reduced the arena and expanded the structure as an entertainment hub for sporting events, concerts, exhibitions, with theaters, sports bars, and retail. The renovation project was completed in April 2017. Read more>>
The costliest natural disaster in US history, Hurricane Katrina tore through New Orleans on Aug. 29, 2005. The storm took over 1,500 lives. Property damage was estimated at over $81 billion. Failure of the city’s levees and floodwalls let in a deluge of saltwater, carrying mud, sewage, chemicals. Water saturated the city, then stagnated for weeks. Read more>>
Between 2012-2014, some $30 million was invested in upgrades to the 1930 building still known as the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT), both a Chicago Landmark and National Historic Landmark, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Read more>>
Patients checking in at the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis are handed a passport to discovery. An animal “storyteller” guides young visitors to their destinations through images of grasslands, ocean, desert or tropics built into the terrazzo floor.
When Children’s Mercy Hospital Kansas City, MO, was planning a remodel, one primary concern was the amount of abuse leveled at the floors. Constant foot traffic tracked in dirt; the rubber-backed carpet needed ongoing maintenance. After deep cleanings, the carpet didn’t have time to dry out before folks were back on it again, making it a magnet for mold and dirt. Read more >>
“Palladiana has a warm, authentic, uniquely crafted appeal,” said architect Paul Manno of Gensler in Dallas. Hand-laid and hand-finished, it offers such a radically different aesthetic that it’s often not recognized as terrazzo, he noted. Read more>>
BOSTON – DePaoli Mosaic Company of Canton, Mass., has been named the recipient of the 2019 Jeffrey Butland Family-Owned Small Business of the Year for New England. The US Small Business Administration award honors a family business owned and operated by at least the second generation. Read more>>
Photo left : Leslie Carrio. Photo by The Canton Citizen
Historic terrazzo restored; joined by new
“You hear about the skills of old master craftsmen, but in many ways, today’s craftsmen are actually held to higher standards,” said John Blakley, terrazzo contractor on the transformation of the 100-year-old St. Vincent’s Hospital as the new student center of Indianapolis’ Ivy Tech Community College.
This year’s terrazzo Job of the Year is one of the largest and most intricate terrazzo designs in the Texas Tech University system’s public art collection, which ranks as one of the top 10 campus public art collections in the nation.
“Where do I have to put strips in my terrazzo layout?” is the top question of many that Gary French fields as part of his job as the National Terrazzo & Mosaic Association’s technical director. “Designers and architects never want strips in their floor,” he reported. “But generally we have to compromise.”
“Nobody likes to see a crack in the floor,” Dan Stanton, president of NTMA member company Colorado Design Tile & Terrazzo in Denver. While cracks are largely preventable through honoring the joint in the concrete with a divider strip, they can’t always be avoided, he explained. “We don’t see it too often but when we do it feels like the end of the world.”
Terrazzo is a veneer system applied to a concrete substrate, and as the concrete goes, so goes the terrazzo. A crack-suppression membrane over the slab is standard in terrazzo installation to inhibit any cracking in the substrate from telegraphing into the terrazzo.