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April 29, 2016

Interior Commercial Eastern Washington

Photo by Rajah Bose/Gonzaga University
Linear wood ceilings were installed in the rotunda of Gonzaga University Center.

Gonzaga University
John J. Hemmingson Center

Location: Spokane

Contractor: Western Partitions

Architect: Opsis Architecture

Team: GTS Interior Supply, L&W Supply, Hamilton Drywall Products, Scafco Steel Stud Co., USG Building Systems

The John J. Hemmingson University Center was an unforgettable project for Western Partitions and has become a crown jewel for the Gonzaga Bulldogs.

General contractor Hoffman Construction and Opsis Architecture led the project team through a collaborative process to complete the 168,000-square-foot building in 15 months.

Western Partitions’ work included nonstructural metal framing, exterior load-bearing framing, drywall, air-and-weather barrier, acoustical ceilings and linear wood ceilings.

The location and restricted space created extreme storage and logistical issues with over 382,000 square feet of drywall, 70,000 square feet of acoustical grid and 20,000 square feet of linear wood-ceiling panels to be installed. School was also in session during three quarters of the construction process, requiring Western Partitions to use “just-in-time” delivery.

Looking up in the atrium and rotunda area, one can see the amount of work it took to establish and transfer the entire radius working points.

Judge’s comment: “The superb design, exceptional choice of products, and impeccable installation created a warm and inviting building that has become the most treasured structure on the Gonzaga University campus. The outstanding work on this project resulted in a magnificent environment for the students.”

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