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May 8, 2017

Renovation/Restoration • Oregon

Photo from NWCB
Wood ceiling clouds and sound panels give the space exceptional room acoustics.

South Albany High School
Building 9 rebuild

Location: Albany

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.”

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