If you fly out of Tampa International Airport, you've no doubt noticed all of the improvements over the past few years, including the baggage claim area which has been completely renovated. The old carpet was ripped up and most areas were covered with a new terrazzo flooring.
Terrazzo consists of chips of marble or granite set in concrete and polished to give a nice, smooth surface. It has a long lifespan and is now used in a lot of government buildings, but the initial cost is expensive.
Here's the breakdown provided by Tampa International Airport. The cost to replace 32,000 square feet of carpet is $195,520. The cost for the same amount of Terrazzo is $1,087,680. However, the airport says the terrazzo saves money over the long haul.
Terrazzo is supposed to last 40 years, as opposed to carpet, which the airport says needs to be replaced every 10 years. The airport tells FOX 13 the total cost over 40 years for carpet would be $1,218,663, more than terrazzo. Furthermore, the airport says the savings would be enormous when maintenance costs are also calculated, saving perhaps millions over the next four decades.
What do you think? Was the money spent on terrazzo flooring in baggage claim worth it or wasted?
Here are the results of the text poll:
Worth it: 89 percent
Waste: 11 percent
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