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April 17, 2015

Renovation/Restoration (Washington)
The Container Store

Photo by Aaron Hatch
The Container Store in Tukwila has more than 1,400 linear feet of recessed light troughs.

Location: Tukwila

Contractor: Performance Contracting

Architect: Good Fulton & Farrell

Team: Armstrong World Industries, Award Metals, Cemco, CertainTeed Gypsum, GTS Interior Supply, Hamilton Drywall Products, Hilti

The Container Store recently opened in a newly renovated 22,000-square-foot space at the Westfield Southcenter Mall in Tukwila.

On the mall side, the perimeter has a continuous radius soffit drop with glazing beneath, allowing shoppers to view products as they pass along the mall corridor. When customers enter the store, they are greeted by a soft curved ceiling.

The project has 20,000 square feet of drywall hard lid with over 1,400 linear feet of recessed light troughs, 1,200 linear feet of Titus Flow tape-in diffusers, and over 850 control joints.

The greatest obstacles the team faced were the continuous curved-light troughs embedded in the curved ceilings, coupled with endless reveals. The quality-assurance process began with the framing to ensure the drywall finish was professionally consistent.

Through extensive pre-planning and the use of a Performance Contracting mobile fieldwork station, the foreman had real-time information to coordinate the design and schedule. The project team chose to use a product manufactured off-site, reducing project congestion and trade conflicts.

Glass-fiber-reinforced gypsum shapes were chosen based on strength, knowing that numerous openings would be cut for pendants, threaded rods and light fixtures. Custom finishing of the drywall curvatures eliminated mud buildup associated with traditional methods, creating a seamless finish. What started out as a challenge resulted in a high-quality outcome for The Container Store.

Judge’s comment: “The complete removal and installation of the interior systems on the project created an incredible space for shoppers to enjoy. Outstanding workmanship along with creative design came together to create both a functional and beautiful store.”


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