MG2 Discovers Terrazzo Treasure in Historic Fairmont Olympic Hotel Renovation


“Opening late last year and spanning more than 524,000 square feet including the main shopping area and a three-level parking structure, Santa Fe’s park-supporting Costco Wholesale location is one of the latest—and reportedly largest—Mexican outposts for the warehouse club-style big-box retailer headquartered in suburban Seattle. It’s also arguably the most inconspicuous and lush—yes, lush—Costco in the world.”

Brought in to renovate the historic Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle, the contractors working with MG2 pulled up the carpeting on the main staircase and landings and were surprised to discover the hotel’s original terrazzo floors that had been hand-laid by artisans in 1924. “Replacement carpeting had already been ordered, but the unearthed terrazzo floors were too beautiful to cover up,” relates Shannon Suess, principal, MG2, Seattle. So instead, MG2 reached out to North American Terrazzo as they had experience with historic terrazzo restorations in the Pacific Northwest.