F.T. Bresnahan Elementary School
Newburyport, MA
2015 Honor Award Winner

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Value engineered last minute into this 7,800-square-foot project to replace VCT, this whimsical nautical design in terrazzo is a tribute to the local community’s maritime history. The floor, with its charming combination of five colors, is low maintenance and durable. The major challenges of the job were to lay out the larger waves and to tightly intersect prefabricated strip elements – the ship, fish, bird and whale and adjoining waves – with those that were bent on site. The even distribution of glass, mother-of-pearl and marble aggregate represents the many successfully executed details evident in this fine example of terrazzo artistry.

HMFH Architects
Cambridge, MA

Terrazzo Contractor
DePaoli Mosaic Company
Randolph, MA

General Contractor
CTA Construction
Waltham, MA

City of Newburyport
Newburyport, MA

Resin Supplier
Key Resin Company

Aggregate Suppliers
Arim, Inc.
Heritage Glass

Precast Suppliers
Precast Terrazzo Enterprises

Divider Strip Supplier
Manhattan American Terrazzo Strip Company

Leslie Carrio


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