Concrete inFocus - Summer 2013 - (Page 12)

project profile Walking on Art Using elegant, economical white cement at the Tampa Museum of Art Natasha Chilingerian A t the Tampa Museum of Art, all eyes are on the compelling paintings, photographs, sculptures and Greek and Roman antiquities. Designed by San Franciscobased firm Natoma Architects and constructed by international construction firm Skanska, the building itself evokes an essence that’s subtle and serene so as not to detract from the art on display. An especially subtle element in the museum, which opened to the public in February 2010, is the flooring. Installed by a crew led by Travis Hall, owner of Palmetto, Fla.-based Southland Concrete Creations, the two levels of interior flooring comprise about 30,000 square feet of white concrete. Workers enhanced the floors with saw cuts in a tiled pattern of rectangles—which mirror the patterns on the museum’s ceilings— ground the floors down to expose aggregate 12 ı SUMMER 2013 and honed them using 200-grit resin diamond pads. Outside, Hall and his crew poured about 35,000 square feet of white concrete and gave it a similar treatment, but finished with 60/80grit metal bonded diamond pads for a rougher, slip-resistant surface. Why was decorative concrete the material of choice? Natoma Architects partner Stanley Satiowitz says cost was a major factor. “It was an economical way to make an elegant floor,” he says. Hall says project managers were after the look of terrazzo, and by installing concrete with exposed aggregate, they managed to achieve that look for about a third or fourth of the cost of terrazzo. Plus, it was easy to achieve a subtle effect with concrete, he says. “(The material choice) had to do with the modern and understated look of the concrete,” Hall says. “Everything in the museum is about flow. It was about not overstating the architecture, and not taking away from the art.” The application of white concrete—which Hall says is an unusual choice for a polished floor—resulted in a calming eggshell hue for the floor. Hall says a high-gloss finish was originally planned for the interior surfaces, but since high-sheen products can turn white concrete slightly beige, the architect decided on a very light shine, which was achieved through the honing work done with 200-grit resin diamond pads. The low gloss level also gave the architect the understated look he was going for. Satiowitz—a big fan of concrete—said the material gave the floor a “neutral, tranquil and calm” look and ensured the museum’s artwork remained the building’s focal point. He adds that all surfaces throughout the museum,

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Concrete inFocus - Summer 2013

Corporate Suite
From Hand Shovels to Keystrokes
Walking on Art
NRMCA’s Design Assistance Program Works for Producers
Maryland Ready Mix Producer Gives Back to Community
Structures That Last
Responsible Sourcing Through CSR Reporting
Index of Advertisers
Responsible Sourcing Through CSR Reporting
White Cement Delivers Beautiful, Profi table Mixes
Impact of Concrete Quality on Sustainability
Tulsa Driver Named NRMCA Driver of the Year

Concrete inFocus - Summer 2013