Emerging Technologies in Terrazzo

Tuesday, October 22, 2024 | 12-1 p.m. Eastern Time

Join us for a session on the evolution of terrazzo floor systems. We'll cover traditional cement sand cushion, epoxy, and new thin profile flowable cement innovations on the market. You'll learn about substrate preparation, application, on-site installation, and pre-manufactured elements like countertops and stairs. View mockups and installation demonstrations by experienced BAC craftworkers to illustrate the process stages, including membrane application, strip placement, terrazzo placement, grinding, and polishing for a smooth finish.

 Learning Objectives:

  • Explore unique design methodologies and components for the primary systems of cement and epoxy terrazzo and newly developed alternative systems.
  • Discuss specialized conditions in a terrazzo floor, including crack control, moisture vapor treatments, coved and straight base, stair treads and risers, and adjacent finishes.
  • View case studies, sustainable benefits, life cycle cost data, performance criteria, and unique design parameters.
  • Observe a case study of installation sequences for terrazzo from substrate examination and preparation, mixing the components, pouring, grinding, polishing, and sealing.nts.

About the Speakers

Steve Menconi
President, Menconi Terrazzo

Untitled design-1Steve spent more than 50 years working in the terrazzo industry, including working alongside his father earlier in his career. He then took over the leadership of Menconi Terrazzo in 1983 and has since fostered the company's growth, making it the largest terrazzo company in the Chicago area. Steve is an active member of the National Terrazzo and Mosaic Association and is a past president of the North Central Terrazzo Association. He remains a card-carrying member of Local 21 Terrazzo Workers and a signatory contractor of Local 21. Steve is honored to represent Terrazzo as a member of the National Craft Committee at the Bricklayers and Allied Craftsmen annual convention.

He is a graduate of Elmhurst University and resides in Elmhurst, IL, with his wife, Leslie, to whom he has been married for 38 years. His sons, Clayton, Christopher, and Jonathan, are employed at the family business. Clayton is also a union member and, in 2021, became a full partner of Menconi Terrazzo. Steve enjoys cooking, especially Italian food, and playing the guitar in his free time.

Scott Conwell, FAIA, FCSI, CDT, LEED AP
Director Of Industry Development And Technical Services, IMI

Scott Conwell-2For the past 3 decades, Scott has dedicated his career to educating design professionals on best design and construction practices in masonry, stone, tile, and terrazzo. He has presented over 1000 AIA-registered seminars in the U.S. and abroad. Scott has written dozens of technical articles for trade journals like Construction Specifier, Licensed Architect, BAC Journal, and 093000 Contractor, where he has a quarterly column. In recognition of his educational contributions to the national design community, Scott was made a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA) in 2015, and a Fellow of the Construction Specifications Institute (FCSI) in 2018.

Scott leads IMI’s tile, marble, and terrazzo industry development program. He sits on the Tile Council of North America (TCNA) Handbook committee, the ANSI committee for tile standards, and is a founding member and advisor to the Advanced Certifications for Tile Installers (ACT) committee. He has organized IMI’s national series of multi-city tile, marble, and terrazzo educational conferences and workshops with the participation of top material suppliers and other tile industry organizations, helping designers navigate the changing world of tile standards and installation practices. In recognition of his work, in 2021, Scott was bestowed the Carl V. Cesery Award for Service to the Ceramic Tile Industry by the Tile Contractors’ Association of America (TCAA).

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