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April 17, 2015

Suspended Ceiling (Oregon)
Madras Performing Arts Center

Photo courtesy of Performance Contracting
The auditorium has acoustical ceiling panels with that cascade overhead.

Location: Madras

Contractor: Performance Contracting

Architect: BBT Architects

Team: Armstrong World Industries, Georgia-Pacific, GTS Interior supply, Hamilton Drywall Products, Knez Building Materials Co., USG Building Systems

The Jefferson County School District’s newly constructed Madras Performing Arts Center opens many educational and performance opportunities for students, faculties and community members in the small Central Oregon city of Madras.

This $11.3 million, 34,000-square-foot facility uses a combination of energy-efficient lighting, heating and cooling to reduce its energy footprint. The 600-seat auditorium will be used by local theater groups, the school district and the high school.

The most unique aspect of the center is an interior acoustical and drywall ceiling system. Armstrong acoustical ceilings and axiom trims were installed in a cloud-like fashion over the main atrium. The design cascades overhead in multiple ceiling panels made from metal-stud framing, drywall and finished wood trim to complement the wood acoustical wall panels.

Diligent coordination between multiple trades including carpenters, drywall finishers, sprinkler fitters, electricians and painters was required to achieve the results. The finished ceiling product gives the space added acoustical performance and a timeless design.

The most challenging obstacle the project team faced was the auditorium. With cramped workspace overhead, coordination between the trades for installation of lighting, sprinklers and ceiling panels was crucial. New locker rooms, athletic fields, training rooms, trophy cases and multi-use spaces are amenities the school district and entire community are excited to use.

Judge’s comment: “Any modern high school has to carry a wide array of sound-controlling ceilings. Madras High School is a central hub for the entire community housing the Madras Performing Arts Center. This required not just acoustical functionality but also a unique beauty reflecting Central Oregon. Various other sections of the school required completely different styles, and Performance Contracting met the challenge.”

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