23 Jul Terrazzo: Planning Your Office Design
The office landscape is changing. When designing an office space, there’s more focus today on promoting employee engagement and sharing of new ideas. Using the right building materials can transform an office into a place full of creativity and ambition. Among the building materials used in office designs today is terrazzo. Many people find value in terrazzo for its durability, design aesthetics, and sustainability. In selecting a floor for your office design, terrazzo can help build a strong foundation that attracts and retains employees and builds a culture from within.
Build an Office Space to Last for Years
Business headquarters and many offices worldwide welcome clients and visitors yearly with lobby areas, restrooms, and hallways, in particular, experiencing high levels of traffic. Terrazzo’s durability and strength are ideal for high traffic areas. In fact, terrazzo often lasts longer than the buildings themselves. This makes terrazzo an excellent choice for offices designs experiencing rapid growth as a business.
Other traditional flooring materials like carpet, vinyl and hardwood floors are other options for office designs, however, terrazzo’s functionality and performance is unmatched. Other flooring systems require frequent replacements; however, by installing terrazzo, business owners can save on overall maintenance costs throughout the floor’s lifecycle.
How Much Does it Cost to Add Terrazzo For Your Office Design
Epoxy terrazzo is worth the investment to design an office space that brings coworkers together, making them happy, loyal and productive employees for the company.
One of the drawbacks of epoxy terrazzo is the initial cost of the building material. Some businesses select other flooring materials based on initial costs not knowing of the lifetime value terrazzo offers. Less expensive flooring options like carpet and vinyl may actually cost your company more over the years. These flooring systems are more likely to experience damages or become outdated, thus needing repairs and replacement.
Epoxy terrazzo is the most cost-effective flooring system available today. What’s even great about terrazzo is that the floor offers full design customization. Business owners can design an office space that best represents their brand image while continuing to impress employees decades later.
Case Study: Office Design for Bond Bushwick
Bond Collective is a co-working firm with office spaces in multiple cities in the United States. For their Brooklyn location, the lead designer reached out to Concord Terrazzo Company for help in creating a unique co-working environment for Bond Bushwick.
Designers can create a custom terrazzo sample using TERRAZZCO epoxy resin and aggregates. For this office design project, the lead designer at Bond Collective explore many different design possibilities, and after months of planning, a terrazzo design was selected. The design was chosen for the office space called for the use of Venetian terrazzo, a style that uses larger-size aggregates. The design was to be used in several different terrazzo applications including flooring, countertops, tabletops, wall, and stairs.
At the Concord Terrazzo precast shop, the process of manufacturing the materials began. Using TERRAZZCO epoxy resin and the designer’s choice of aggregates, we cast cut and polished materials for the project. Precast terrazzo is a form of terrazzo where terrazzo is manufactured off-site under controlled conditions and checked for accuracy and quality. The materials are then shipped from our Charlotte, North Carolina headquarters to the Bond Bushwick project for installation.
Once the installation was completed, Bond Bushwick opened its office space to businesses and individuals in the New York City area. Bond Bushwick is an excellent example of how a business can plan its office space from the ground up. The office space is fully customizable to the designer’s intent using terrazzo to help attract new visitors and create a co-working environment people can enjoy.
Concord Terrazzo Company has worked with numerous architects and designers in helping them select the right design for their office spaces. Today our terrazzo is featured at corporate headquarters, academic offices at universities, town hall offices, and other office locations in the United States.
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Employee Health Matters
On average a person spends 90,000 hours at work in their lifetime. Because employees are spending a great amount of time at work, it is important for businesses to create an office space that makes a worker feel comfortable yet productive.
Selecting building materials that are energy efficient and toxin-free is more important now than ever. Poor selection of building materials and poor office design has negative effects not only on employee productivity but also on employees’ health.
Terrazzo is highly valued for meeting today’s sustainability goals. The epoxy resin components of terrazzo contain zero volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Terrazzo is seamless and does not support the growth of bacteria, mold, and mildew. All these characteristics of terrazzo help to improve the overall indoor quality of office designs, thus improving employee health.
Go Green with Terrazzo
Terrazzo is by far one of the best flooring systems to incorporate eco-friendly materials. Aggregates, divider strips, and epoxy resins may contain recycled components, leaving a much-improved impact on the environment. Choosing a terrazzo flooring system helps architects achieved US Green Building Council credits under the LEED Rating System.
Terrazzo is Easy to Care for in Any Office Design Setting.
By treating terrazzo to a daily cleaning routine, business owners can make sure their terrazzo floors look as good as the day it was installed. The cleaning methods are easy to complete. Regular cleaning requires a bucket of warm water, neutral cleaner and damp mop. No wax or harsh cleaners required. Cleaning terrazzo daily allows terrazzo to maintain its aesthetics that will attract visitors each time they visit the office.
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