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April 19, 2013

Suspended Ceiling (Washington) -- Baker Middle School

Photo by Doug Bixel [enlarge]
Construction of a linear wood ceiling at Baker Middle School required miter-joint cuts in the field.

Suspended Ceiling (Washington)

Baker Middle School

Location: Tacoma

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.”

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