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May 8, 2017

Interior Commercial • Washington

Photo from NWCB
Cross-laminated timber panels fit into a recessed slot in the ceiling.

Bellevue First Congregational Church

Location: Bellevue

Contractor: KHS&S Contractors

Architect: atelierjones

Team: GTS Interior Supply, The Supply Guy, Armstrong World Industries, CertainTeed Gypsum, Hilti, Scafco Steel Stud Co.

Bellevue First Congregational Church sold its previous location and purchased an existing building needing renovation for its new home. The project remodeled 25,000 square feet for church offices and classrooms and created a 6,500-square-foot sanctuary.

The sanctuary has a steep sloped drywall ceiling at a 5/12 and 18/12 pitch with five large skylights along the north wall for lots of natural light. The sanctuary ceiling also has six fold points to undulate the ceiling. Cross-laminated timber panels fit into a recessed slot in the ceiling. KHS&S worked with the engineer and Armstrong to design a drywall grid system to match the slope of the ceilings.

Another challenge was a raised organ loft with sloped sides and roof. This required special care in the staging to install both the hanging/taping and a large stained-glass window.

Judge’s comment: “Natural lighting accentuates the beauty of the cross-laminated timber wall, as well as those created by the multifaceted off-angle wall and ceiling features to create a dramatic space.”

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