Shades Collection from D&B Tile & Crossville Used Throughout Brightline South FL Terminals
All Aboard Florida’s Brightline is the only privately owned, operated, and financed project of its kind being developed in the United States today. The project’s 235-mile network of rail lines will connect South Florida to Central Florida by operating on the existing Florida East Coast (FEC) corridor and creating new tracks to Orlando. The unprecedented infrastructure project will provide a vital new service for Florida residents, business people, and visitors and will eliminate more than three million car trips from the region’s roadways each year.
SOM, in association with Zyscovich Architects provided design services for the three stations—located in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach—key portals within the rail system. Envisioned not only as gateways to their respective cities, but also as iconic destinations, the terminals will be filled with spaces to shop, eat, and meet. The Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach terminals are completed. The Miami station is expected to be completed early in 2018. Riders will be able to make the trip between Miami and Fort Lauderdale in 30 minutes. The trip from Miami to West Palm Beach will take one hour.
Phase two of the construction will be completed by 2020 and will link South Florida to Orlando. The trip from Fort Lauderdale to Orlando is expected to take two and a half hours and will terminate at the Orlando International Airport.
From introducing the nation’s first large-format porcelain tiles, to becoming the first and only net consumer of tile waste materials (meaning Crossville recycles even more than they produce), to developing cutting-edge performance innovations that turn mere surfaces into “breathing” living environments. They are committed to pioneering products and practices that change the way the world views tile.
This versatile porcelain stone collection is comprised of nine contemporary colors. Six shades of gray in warm or cool tones are complemented by both warm and cool white hues and a deep, not-quite-black selection, as well.
The colors stand alone for monochromatic looks or mix and mingle to create sophisticated patterns.
Rectified and designed to be modular, Shades by CrossvilleTM is available in 24 x 24, 12 x 24, and 6 x 24 sizes. Through the “Get Planked” program, custom sizes can be created to increase options, as well. This collection – made in the USA with minimum 4% recycled content – features a subtle linear pattern. Further emphasized in honed tile, this pattern can run in the same direction or alternate to provide greater visual texture.
D&B Tile Distributors is a family-owned company which has been in business for more than 50 years. They deal with more than 40 manufacturers and import more than 30% of their products from Italy, Spain, South America, and the Far East. Within the recent years, there have been many factories built in the U.S. that make it more efficient to have many more American-made products available for our clients.
D&B Tile Distributors is the exclusive source for Crossville Tile in South Florida. Lou Bautko and Rosanna Ruiz were the Commercial Sales Representatives on this project. Representing Crossville was Robert Sutnick, Senior Architectural Rep and Regional Manager Caribbean.
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) is one of the largest and most influential architecture, interior design, engineering, and urban planning firms in the world. Founded in 1936, they have completed more than 10,000 projects in over 50 countries. They are renowned for iconic buildings and a commitment to design excellence, innovation, and sustainability.
Zyscovich Architects has designed the full spectrum of projects, from transportation facilities and airports to K-12 schools and universities, mixed-use commercial and public-private partnership developments to multi-family residential high rises and master plans for cities.
General contractor on the project is Moss & Associates which is one of the southeast’s largest privately held general contractors providing a variety of services including design/build, general construction, construction management and preconstruction consulting for commercial, institutional and residential projects. In addition to its Fort Lauderdale, headquarters, the company has offices in Miami, Tampa, Clearwater, and Ocala, Florida; Greenville, South Carolina; and El Paso, Texas.
Tile contractor is B&B Tile Installation from Pompano Beach.
See many selections of versatile Laminam by Crossville and other beautiful tile, stone and marble selections at our nine conveniently located stores in South Florida. Remember, the first step to beautiful design is stepping into D&B Tile.
Photographs and article by G. Richard Booth