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May 8, 2017
South Albany High School
Building 9 rebuild
Contractor: Mid-Valley Commercial Construction
Architect: gLAs Architects
Team: CWallA, GTS Interior Supply, Spears Construction Supply, CertainTeed Gypsum, Grabber Construction Products, Hilti, Scafco Steel Stud Co.
The need for this project was predicated on a tragic arson fire in April 2015 when Building 9 on the South Albany High School campus was set on fire causing over $1 million in damage and destroying a district kitchen serving 1,300 low-income students throughout the community.
Because of the multipurpose nature of this two-story, 45,000-square-foot building, exceptional room acoustics were needed. The central focal point includes wood ceiling clouds for acoustic purposes and a radius soffit with sound panels separating the cafeteria from the entryway and kitchen.
An aggressive schedule required completion within 212 days before school started in fall 2016 challenging for the size and complexity of the project. Due to structural problems with the wood-framed truss roofing system, the sheetrock schedule was delayed, requiring installation of mechanical, electric and plumbing first. Mid-Valley increased manpower on the job to install 160,000 square feet of sheetrock.
Highly skilled craftsmen were hired for the 25,000 square feet of glue-up ceiling tile over uneven wood trusses and the intricate, acoustic-wood ceiling clouds.
Judge’s comment: “This is a beauty of a school building that still fits within an older campus after rising from a tragic arson fire. Kudos for all involved in this project.”