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May 2, 2014
Contractor: Western Partitions
Team: Building Specialties; Drywall Distributors; The Supply Guy; Spears Construction Supply; Cemco; Scafco Steel Stud Co.; Georgia-Pacific; USG Building Systems; BlazeFrame Industries
The project was a high-end, steel-framed middle school consisting of a three-story classroom wing, a two-story gymnasium/performing arts wing with 24 classrooms, six science labs, a computer lab, and a library. Totaling 169,000 square feet, the cost per square foot was $832, rivaling many university lab buildings.
Western Partitions’ scope of work included light-gauge metal framing for all interior and exterior applications, exterior sheathing, fire stopping, acoustical wall construction, gypsum board, and gypsum-board shaft-wall assemblies.
Challenges faced by Western Partitions included a large, spread-out campus; high atriums; hard-to-access work areas; a unique angular design; level 5 finishes with significant critical light issues; and nearly 2,300 design changes.
The project was completed within 18 months with no time extensions while meeting moving targets for acceptable applications. In addition, the stairs in the student commons area had many design and dimensional issues that had to be overcome.
Judge’s comment: “The incredible geometrical design, efficiency of space, and superb craftsmanship have created an environment that will be conducive to an outstanding educational environment.”