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April 19, 2013
Suspended Ceiling (Washington)
Baker Middle School
Contractor: Forrest Sound Products
Architect: BLRB Architects
Team: Building Specialties, Rulon International, USG
The materials and designs selected for Baker Middle School resulted in a striking yet functional and efficient building.
Forrest Sound Products worked on multiple acoustical wall and ceiling applications and products, including a mixture of drywall and block walls. Crews were challenged by the level of construction difficulty and working at heights with multiple ceiling angles.
Construction of a linear wood ceiling required miter-joint cuts in the field that were filled and sanded for a superior finish. Fabric-covered wall panels and sound diffusers were installed to balance the acoustics of music rooms, gymnasiums and auditoriums.
Forrest Sound Products custom-designed the school’s architectural metal wall panels. Crews styled the 26-gauge steel in a wave-corrugated format for strength, durability and sound absorption in the gymnasiums.
Baker Middle School has received accolades for its brightness, wood ceilings, and collaboration of materials and designs.
Judge’s comment: “The acoustical finishes on the Baker Middle School project have helped to create both a beautiful as well as a functional environment for the students in Tacoma. The quality and craftsmanship on this project are extraordinary.”