1994 Golden Trowel
Shoppers entering this newly renovated mall are greeted by the marked difference of the striking tile patterns splashed throughout both mall levels.
The special challenges of this complex installation were magnified as the mall remained open and in complete operation. This called for precision management and coordination between the installation team, general contractor and mall personnel and tenants.
A combination of ceramic tile, both real and man-made marble and granite was used to retile over 150,000 square feet of mall flooring, base, columns, stairs, planters, ramps, desks and fountains.
Spectacular patterns and medallions were created using combinations of 6 x 6", 12 x 12" and diagonal tiles in different colors and geometric shapes.
The old quarry tiled mall was dramatically transformed into a new palatial marble oasis (the original quarry tile mall was also installed by Artisan Tile & Marble twenty years ago).
Located in a sparsely populated rural area, the mall now provides residents from miles around a new popular destination. Areas common to other malls became unique when the architects implemented new applications and approaches to revitalize once overlooked areas.
Colors such as Nero, Cucina, Despot Beige, Bottecino Classico, Sunspot Red, Caremente granite, Napoli, Versa Suro and Diana stone were used throughout the project.
The design layout also impacted fully tiled areas - which included a center court fountain, an elaborate elevator tower, stair treads, risers and stringers, ramps, plinths, octagonal column covers and planter walls and tops.
This is a unique and intricate installation using a bold juxtaposition of patterns - in a variety of colors and shapes where a picture is truly worth a thousand words.
And he can fire everyone in the company,
from the chairman on down,
spending his money somewhere else.
- Sam Walton