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May 4, 2018

Suspended Ceiling • Washington

Photo provided by NWCB
Ceilings in the Westlake Center food court display a variety colors, textures and materials.

Westlake Center food court

Location: Seattle

Contractor: Western Partitions

Architect: MG2

Team: Armstrong World Industries, Cemco, CertainTeed Gypsum, Georgia-Pacific, GTS Interior Supply, Hamilton Drywall Products, USG Building Systems

The Westlake Center second-floor food court remodel was a small part of a dramatic update to the four-story shopping center in the heart of downtown Seattle. The center marks the southern terminus of Seattle’s iconic monorail system and houses department store mainstays like Nordstrom Rack.

Western Partitions partnered with Bayley Construction on the project and performed the acoustical ceiling work throughout the entire space.

What made this project so unique was the variety of specialty wood and metal ceilings throughout the build-out. The ceilings instantly pop with the variety of colors, textures and materials used. Accent beams bring depth to the different horizontal and vertical transitions, and joint sightlines carry across both the horizontal and vertical ceiling planes.

Of course, carrying out this complex ceiling design while facilitating Western Partitions’ trade partners was a challenge during installation. Everything had to align perfectly across all finishes and planes.

Serious considerations were made for the large amounts of mechanical, electrical, plumbing and structural elements hidden above the ceiling grid systems. In the end, the result is a beautifully constructed, suspended acoustical-ceiling system that Westlake Center will enjoy for years.

Judge’s comment: “Great example of how a beautifully designed and installed ceiling system can help create dramatic interior space.”

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