Children’s Mercy Hospital
Kansas City, Missouri
DESCO Coatings, Inc.
2010 Honor Award Winner

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Faced with replacing carpet every three years, owners at Children’s Mercy Hospital turned to in-house artist “Scribe” Ross to design a kid friendly, fantasy water-world in terrazzo. Three giant whales – the largest 45 feet long – swim in a mystical purple ocean greeting young patients. More than twenty fish also help guide the way to strategically placed lightning bolts, star, and moon elevators. Areas designed specifically to help direct non-English speaking parents to the area they need. Creating a peaceful and engaging environment was a major goal. Hospital administrators say comments like, “Look Mommy, I’m riding a whale!” convince them daily their investment in terrazzo paid off. In house artist “Scribe” says the new kaleidoscope and ocean-scape help put parents and their patients at ease. “I have seen children go so far as lying down on the floor pretending to be a fish right alongside the whales. I don’t think you can get a better showing of honest approval.”

Hospital Graphic Artist
Children’s Mercy Hospital
Kansas City, Missouri

Terrazzo Contractor
DESCO Coatings, Inc.
Olathe, Kansas

General Contractor
In-House Contracting
Lonnie Breaux, Carl Palermo, and Steve Torre

Children’s Mercy Hospital
Kansas City, Missouri

Divider Strip Supplier
Manhattan American Terrazzo Strip Company
Staley, North Carolina

Chip Supplier
Fribel International
Alameda, California

Resin/Cement Supplier
Terrazzo and Marble Supply Company
Wheeling, Illinois



The National Terrazzo and Mosaic Association, Inc. is a full service Non-Profit Trade Association headquartered in Fredericksburg, Texas. The Association establishes national standards for all Terrazzo floor and wall systems and provides complete specifications, color plates and general information to architects and designers at no cost.

National Terrazzo and Mosaic Association
PO Box 2605
Fredericksburg, TX 78624
Fax: 888.362.2770