Knowing that the community commons of the new North Branch of the Clinton-Macomb Public Library would be a heavily used and prominent space, the library specified terrazzo as the floor finish due to its durability, ease of maintenance, and aesthetically pleasing appearance, commensurate to the caliber of finishes used throughout the project. In wanting to incorporate educational components into the library building wherever possible, the idea of a compass medallion in the center of the space directly under the oculus of the domed ceiling was proposed. Alex Fritz, Quinn Evans Architects, developed the design of the compass, which points to true north, or 13 degrees to the west of the entrance to the collections area of the library. This special feature area of the floor was underwritten by a donation by the Friends of the Clinton-Macomb Public Library, a 501(c)(3) organization. Artisan Tile was selected as the recommended bidder for the project. We are extremely pleased by Artisan’s attention to detail that can be evidenced in their work in the terrazzo flooring and base molding throughout this highly visible area of the library. McCarthy & Smith, Inc. provided the construction project management for the new library.
- Larry Neal, Director of Clinton-Macomb Public Library