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May 6, 2022


Photo courtesy of Gabe Hurley
At Marrion Elementary School, one of the most distinctive features of the school is the unique ceiling design.

Marrion Elementary School

Location: Vancouver

Contractor: The Harver Co.

Architect: LSW Architects

Team: International Union of Painters and Allied Trades; Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters; Knez Building Materials Co.; L&W Supply; CertainTeed Gypsum; USG Building Systems

Marrion Elementary School was an ambitious project that had impressive finishes. By far, one of the most distinctive features of the school is the unique ceiling design.

The ceilings throughout the building consist of acoustical ceiling tile, acoustical glue-up ceiling tile, gypsum and acoustical gypsum. The typical acoustical ceiling tile in the school is a 2-by-4-foot Tegular USG Mars in 15/16 grid. The music room is an extraordinary acoustic masterpiece, with three-layer sound walls on RSIC-1 clips from Pac International. The ceilings are 2-by-2-foot Tegular USG Halcyon acoustical ceiling tile in 15/16 grid.

The main area of the school is beautifully crafted, constructed with glue-lam beams, approximately 10 feet on center, with USG Danoline Stratopanel ceilings fitted between the beams. The Harver Co. also installed this design under the catwalk in the library area. The school has an alcove in the library that sits under the catwalk where students can read in a calming space that fosters learning. With its blue CSI felt walls and the Stratopanel ceiling overhead painted dark blue, the alcove design invites students to imagine stars and planets above.

This project had the typical challenges associated with schools — schedule pushes and the need to get especially efficient towards the end of the project. In addition, the team faced new challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic that kept many variables changing constantly, including material shortages and trucking delays.

Harver credits L&W Supply for doing a great job communicating to keep the Harver team informed of changing conditions. This project required teamwork, efficiency, craftsmanship and dedication.

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