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May 2, 2014

Suspending Ceiling (Oregon) -- Salesforce.com — Portland

Photo by Jamie Forsythe
Thousands of paint cans were used to create ceilings at Salesforce.com in Portland.

Location: Hillsboro

Contractor: Performance Contracting

Architect: Gensler

Team: GTS Interior Supply; Spears Construction Supply; Knez Building Materials; Scafco Steel Stud Co.; USG Building Systems; Hilti; Georgia-Pacific; Hamilton Drywall Products

Salesforce.com creates customer relationship management software for businesses. It recently opened an office in Hillsboro in a 13-year-old, five-story building that was previously finished to the core-and-shell stage.

The fourth and fifth floors plus half of the first were built with open workspaces, cubicles and cloud ceilings. The multiple acoustical clouds were finished with a pyramid-shaped panel adhered to suspended substrate.

The building was designed to increase the quality of the work environment with new amenities such as a dog play area, yoga room, full kitchen and mobile-office lounge. The paint-can ceiling hanging over the coffee bistro adds a unique and bright touch. The ceiling structure was built with walkable/crawlable platforms, duct-liner insulation and thousands of paint cans.

The most challenging aspect of this project was schedule management. Thorough planning of light locations, speakers, sprinklers and paint color allowed the assembly to mesh perfectly. There were many learning curves throughout the project, such as cutting and installing pyramid foam pieces seamlessly and installing thousands of paint cans over insulation to plywood.

Overcoming these obstacles required a good relationship between the installation team and general contractor. Being open-minded, listening to every idea, and having a good overall vision resulted in a quality product.

Judge’s comment: “The creative use of construction materials, which would have normally been waste material, produced a unique feature that truly sets this project apart. The design and construction team can be very proud of what they produced.”

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