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May 8, 2017

Suspended Ceiling • Washington

Photo from Delta Airlines
The ceiling was made from custom metal panels and wood slats.

Delta Sky Club

Location: Sea-Tac Airport

Contractor: Mehrer Drywall

Architect: ECH Architecture

Team: Building Specialties, Steve Mork, Ceilings Plus, Rulon International, USG Building Systems

Delta Sky Club is part of an expansion on Concourse B at Sea-Tac Airport. The 23,400-square-foot project is one of the largest Delta Airlines clubs in the world. The club features a commercial kitchen with food service, bar, restrooms, spa and seating for more than 400 people.

A 30-foot-high window wall is the main feature with a dramatic, curved, acoustical-metal ceiling up to the peak of the window. Since no lift would reach that far, access for installing the metal ceiling panels was limited to walking along structural steel tubing on the window wall.

The custom, curving veneer ceiling panels were factory-cut for the upper and lower center section and field-cut for all perimeter edges. Working with only one straight wall, there was little room for error with the serpentine ceiling weaving through the food service area.

The mezzanine’s wood-slat ceiling also features a serpentine floating edge with a concealed track-lighting system — all of which required masterful craftsmanship.

Judge’s comment: “A 30-foot-high window wall creates a dramatic backdrop for the custom, curved acoustical-metal panels, custom wood slats, and flat wood-veneer ceiling panels.”

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