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April 29, 2016

Interior Commercial Washington
Light-Gauge Steel Framing Commercial Washington

Photo by Benjamin Benschneider Photography
Crews used steel studs to frame complicated walls and ceilings.

Boeing Customer Experience Center

Location: Renton

Contractor: Expert Drywall

Architect: Teague

Team: L&W Supply, Cemco, USG Building Systems

The Boeing Customer Experience Center project was an upgrade of a warehouse shell.

The layout of the walls and ceilings used 3-D modeling from the architect’s CAD designs during the design, layout and construction phases.

Expert Drywall used its in-house robotic layout tools to create a custom solution for the design team’s goal of creating serpentine lines for the control-joint locations.

Not only do the finished drywall surfaces symbolize organic shapes, they also provide a high degree of acoustic deadening. Light-gauge sub-joists were used in the overhead space to provide support for the mechanical, electrical and plumbing components.

Another challenge was using the GypSorb panels chosen by the design team for the ceilings because they were square-edge and had perforated edges. The finishers had to make these panels appear seamless while not filling in the perforations. Once the contractor added tape-in, linear-slot diffusers and teardrop custom cutouts for lights, these perforated drywall ceilings became gypsum artwork.

Judges’ comments: “If we had an award for innovation this project would have won that category as well. The unusual use of products, creative design, and quality workmanship bear testament to the creativity of the entire project team.”

“How do you frame complicated, three-dimensional walls and ceilings, similar to the ones on this project, using steel studs? The craftsmen on this project showed us how it can be done. The unusual features have created an interior masterpiece.”

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