Uniquely Colorful Mosaic Designs in a LEED Silver Building

Alina T. Hudak, Deputy Mayor of Miami-Dade County, cut the ribbon on Miami-Dade County’s Solid Waste Management (SWM) Department’s first ever LEED Silver building designed by TSAO Design Group. “You have designed a beautiful building and should be very proud,” stated Mrs. Hudak. Miami-Dade SWM Department is an integral part of the community and provides waste collection and recycling services to more than 300,000 households in unincorporated Miami-Dade County and nine municipalities. This facility provides the department with offices, shower facilities, locker rooms and assembly space to best serve Miami-Dade County. The administration building is located at SWM Department’s North East Transfer Station near I-95 and Miami Gardens Drive. The building boasts solar panels, rain-water harvesting, and a hyper-insulated building envelope, among many other sustainable design measures. TSAO Design Group is a full service Architecture and Design firm located in Miami and San Francisco, providing services to both public and private sector clients. Lead architect on the project was Jason Hagopian of Tsao Design Group. David Gonzalez was Commercial Sales Representative D&B Tile. Carole Schafmeister, FCSI, was the Architectural Rep Consultant. Robert Sutnick, Senior Architectural Rep, Regional Mgr Caribbean for Crossville also worked on the project. Tile contractor was TC&F Builders. This transfer station can move up to 1,200 tons of garbage and trash per day.
Floor tiles are 8x8 CrossColors mingles
A850 with CrossTread finish for extra slip
resistance. Walls: Color by Numbers 4x8
gloss finish WT11 and WT13.
Trucks carrying waste are first weighed at the scale house. Depending on the composition of their loads, trucks deposit their waste at either the compactor building (which accepts garbage) or the surge pit building (which receives trash). Garbage emptied onto the tipping floor of the compactor building is pushed into chutes, where it is compacted and loaded into transfer trailers for transport to a disposal facility. Trash unloaded at the surge pit building is loaded into open top trailers for transport to a disposal facility. The Admin office space sees an abundance of heavy traffic from equipment operators and other staff and tile specified had to stand up to rigorous wear. Color Blox Porcelain Stone® tile series from Crossville® celebrates the enduring power and infinite possibilities of color. Based on the color-matching theories of Crossville’s highly regarded Cross-Colors® tile, the Color Blox series combines a fresh yet sophisticated palette of 20 colors with subtle variations in shading and a smooth, minimalist texture. The result is an innovative and visually dynamic material that instantly sparks the imagination of architects, designers and homeowners alike. With its extensive selection of colors, each of which coordinates with at least two to three other colors, the Color Blox series offers the versatility to create uniquely colorful spaces. Complementary mosaics offer additional design possibilities. Whether the design calls for eye-popping impact or understated refinement, the Color Blox series can help fulfill even the most far-reaching visions. Each color coordinates with at least 2-3 other colors Subtle variations in texture and shading add visual interest Cross-Sheen® finish for easy cleaning. Available only from Crossville® Made in U.S.A. See these beautiful tiles and many other selections of tile, marble and stone from around the world at any of our nine conveniently located stores. Remember, the first step to beautiful design is stepping into D&B Tile. Photographs and article by G. Richard Booth