Tidewater Community College
Portsmouth, Virginia
David Allen Company, Inc.
2010 Honor Award Winner

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The architects for the new Tidewater Community College building initiated the design with a desire to integrate the 30,000 square feet of public spaces with the various building functions and to create a smooth transition between them. The distinction between colors, a mix of white terrazzo with bands of grey and black, works to emphasize seating areas, entry alcoves, and intersections within the space. Custom terrazzo logos are showcased at each of the entrances into the school. The focal point of the project is a sculptural element, which was designed at the base of the pre-cast epoxy terrazzo monumental staircase. The sculpture intent was to both project horizontal seating at multiple levels as well as act as an ADA barrier in lieu of using handrails underneath the stairs. The sculpture framework is an artistic installation of poured-in-place epoxy terrazzo which required the technicians to work with a full assortment of hand grinding tools to grind and polish edges in tight spaces. The sculpture serves as a public showcase of functional art in architecture.

Architect
Burt Hill Associates
Washington, D.C.

Terrazzo Contractor
David Allen Company, Inc.
Raleigh, North Carolina

General Contractor
WM Jordan Company
Newport News, Virginia

Owner
Virginia Community College Systems
Richmond, Virginia

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

Chip Supplier
Continental Terrazzo Supply, Inc.
Houston, Texas

Chip Supplier
ARIM Glass
Teaneck, New Jersey

Chip Supplier
Southern Aggregates
Staley, North Carolina

Divider Strip Supplier
National Metal Shapes
Delaware, Ohio

Significant Material Supplier
Precast Terrazzo Enterprises, Inc.
Raleigh, North Carolina

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