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May 2, 2014

Interior Commercial (Oregon) -- DWFritz (phase two)

Photo courtesy of MCG
The second floor at DWFritz is an open space outfitted with floating “waves” and metal fins on the ceiling.

Location: Wilsonville

Contractor: MCG

Architect: Group Mackenzie

Team: GTS Interior Supply; Spears Construction Supply; Armstrong World Industries; Certain Teed Gypsum; Clark Dietrich Building Systems

DWFritz is a high-tech design and manufacturing company specializing in precision automation equipment. It is housed in a two-story concrete tilt-up building in Wilsonville.

Several details made this project unique and challenging. Not only were the office and conference room walls freestanding, but detailed “eyebrow” soffits of different widths and depths were on top of the walls, and large light fixtures were contained within the walls.

The entire second floor is an open space and its build-out was accomplished while daily precision-manufacturing operations continued below.

The ceilings are constructed of 21 floating clouds with 6-inch Axiom Knife Edge trim and 9/16-inch Interlude grid. Three are 60-foot floating Armstrong Serpentina Waves and three are 30-foot floating Arktura Atmosphera metal-fin ceilings. The floating 16-foot soffits are suspended by stainless aircraft cable and all-thread rods.

High-end finishes were used throughout the space, including level 5 drywall.

MCG faced a tight schedule with extremely long lead-times; a complicated layout/building of the floating ceilings in stairwells, which required constant communication with other trades; and tight tolerances for layout due to requirements of the finish materials, such as stone and glass floors and wall tiles.

Finally, MCG cooperated with an extremely detailed, hands-on owner who worked in microns not inches.

Judge’s comment: “The outstanding workmanship along with the many different finishes have come together to not only create a striking appearance but also help to generate an atmosphere that is conducive to functionality.”

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