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May 8, 2017

Exterior Commercial • Oregon

Photo from NWCB
Performance Contracting installed 133 exterior panels, some weighing as much as 3,500 pounds.

Ilani Resort and Casino

Location: Ridgefield (Washington)

Contractor: Performance Contracting

Architect: Friedmutter Group

Team: CWallA, Knez Building Materials Co., CertainTeed Gypsum, Scafco Steel Stud Co.

Performance Contracting’s exterior work on the Ilani Resort and Casino in Ridgefield, north of Portland, started in October 2015. The original schedule was a challenge considering all the labor and layers involved with framing, sheathing and weather barrier — plus foundation excavation at the same time as the exterior work.

Performance Contracting built the panels off-site in a controlled environment for just-in-time installation with the structural steel, minimizing clashes with other trades and the need for on-site manufacturing and storage.

Weather conditions were a challenge since the panels were as large as 12-by-45 feet and weighed up to 3,500 pounds. Wind gusts of up to 40 mph would often shut down the panel-flying process.

For a better result, Performance Contracting used the new peel-and-stick weather barrier, which also saved time by skipping a prime coating on the sheathing before installing the barrier.

Some areas of the casino required radiused walls, which with the wind load required studs as big as 12 inches, 12-gauge and 30 feet tall. These studs were also used for headers for a compound radiused wall.

By August 2016 when the exterior was completed, Performance Contracting had installed 133 panels equaling 45,000 square feet within eight days per sector instead of the scheduled 13 days, shaving nearly three weeks off the schedule.

Judge’s comment: “This project shows great use of new products to provide innovative solutions to meet high demands. Setting the tone for the industry this year, panels were the only way to go with such a tight time line.”

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