Springfield-Branson National Airport

Owners of the Springfield-Branson National Airport knew they wanted terrazzo in their new 11,744 square foot facility. They liked its versatility and unlimited design potential. It felt like a natural choice to feature their region in terrazzo. Using blue epoxy terrazzo, the four man-made lakes of the Ozarks’ White River Valley are laid out with map-like accuracy. Mother of pearl was used for shimmer in the water and elegance on the shore. The lakes are outlined in brass to separate waterways from land. Natural river rock was hand placed into the terrazzo by the designer to emphasize the glacial effect that created the original lakes. Mother of pearl was also personally sprinkled by the designer into the black terrazzo used on the base of 31 light trees. Kent Boyd says he and others in the airport’s Public Information and Marketing office underestimated the impact the terrazzo would have on visitors. Boyd said, “Many stop and stare. Once they realize they’re seeing a map of the lakes, some try to locate their favorite fishing cove in the swirling detail.”