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April 29, 2016

Suspended Ceiling Commercial Washington

Photo courtesy NWCB
The new lobby at Auburn High School’s Performing Arts Center has over 300 acoustical wood panels on the ceiling.

Auburn High School modernization and reconstruction

Location: Auburn

Contractor: Performance Contracting

Architect: NAC Architecture

Team: GTS Interior Supply, The Supply Guy, Armstrong World Industries, Hilti, Rulon International

This project is a combination of new construction and modernizations at Auburn High School, which was built in 1950 and had several additions since.

The project replaced every building on campus with the exception of the Performing Arts Center and the Auto Shop, both of which were modernized. All buildings are now under one roof and designed to maximize energy efficiency.

The new entry and lobby to the Performing Arts Center has a radius of over 125 feet with four changes in elevation and over 300 custom-sized radial, acoustical wood panels on the ceiling. This required extensive field measurements before fabrication, as well as skilled installers.

The project was carried out in three phases with demolition and construction occurring simultaneously. This presented unique logistical challenges as well as a paramount need for communication and preplanning. Phasing it also allowed for students to remain on campus during the entire construction period.

Judge’s comment: “The beauty provided by the new wood- and mineral-fiber acoustical ceilings give Auburn High School the new look it needed. The fabulous design, fabrication, and installation of the wood ceilings are an example of the enrichment acoustical products can bring to a project.”

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