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May 8, 2017

Light-Gauge Steel Framing • Oregon

Photo from NWCB
Panels were made off-site and delivered just in time for installation.

University of Portland
Willamette Boulevard Student Housing

Location: Portland

Contractor: Western Partitions

Architect: Soderstrom Architects

Team: CWallA, L&W Supply, Scafco Steel Stud Co., USG Building Systems

The three-story, 147-room University of Portland Willamette Boulevard Student Housing complex was a design-assist project with Western Partitions, Skanska, Soderstrom and KPFF.

Western Partitions’ work included the light-gauge metal framing for all interior and exterior applications using: exterior sheathing, weather barrier, joint firestopping, insulation, gypsum board, gypsum board shaft-wall assemblies, acoustical ceilings and exterior plaster.

Western Partitions used extensive preplanning and quality control checks for panel manufacturing, staging and timing of deliveries before making the 57-mile trip from the panel yard to the jobsite. The lack of storage on-site required Western Partitions to execute a just-in-time delivery system with installation by crane in exactly the proper order.

Project challenges included a two-month delay due to an unforeseen underground cable issue, causing the project to be segmented into two sections. The first section was completed at breakneck speed. The second section had costly shared-occupancy issues and challenges with panel deliveries, leaving zero room for error.

Judge’s comment: “While this building seems simple and traditional, this contractor took it to a different level by integrating panels to better serve a tight budget, space and timeline. It’s all about the panels.”

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