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April 17, 2015

Suspended Ceiling (British Columbia)
BlueShore Financial

Photo by Bob Matheson
BlueShore Financial's new headquarters was created inside an empty shell with unique curves.

Location: Vancouver

Contractor: Benton & Overbury

Architect: Atelier Pacific Architecture

Team: BC Ceiling Systems, CGC

The BlueShore Financial project was taken over as an empty shell ready for tenant improvements. The challenges to this project were a raised floor section on the main floor due to the property’s drastic elevation change and a three-floor atrium, which needed a Level-5 finish to the ceiling.

All corridor ceilings were exposed to the atrium and consisted of curved drywall bulkheads and drywall ceilings framed with a CGC Drywall Grid System and capped with Compasso trim to hide LED lighting.

Coordination of the bulkheads and Compasso trims was a challenge because shop drawings had to match the unique curves in the building.

The main-floor feature ceilings had CGC grid with wood panels by Beckville Woodcraft. Unique modularArts panels were used behind the teller line and in the boardroom. Tectum sound-absorption panels were applied to the underside of slab in the open areas on levels two and three by Benton & Overbury.

Framing for the Discovery Room and the waiting area in the main floor lobby was also challenging because steel-stud, heavy-gauge framing was needed to support multilevel ceilings. This was built after scaffolding for the atrium’s high ceiling was completed.

In the end, the project came together well for the new corporate headquarters.

Judge’s comment: “This showpiece for Blueshore Financial’s corporate office features multilevel, curved ceilings in an expansive, open atrium. The build team did an exceptional job working with unique products and challenging circumstances and should be proud of their accomplishment.”

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