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May 5, 2023


Cantina Monarca

Location: Bellevue

Contractor: Western Partitions

Architect: Ferguson Architecture

Team: Operative Plasterers’ and Cement Masons’ International Association; Northwest Carpenters Union; GTS Interior Supply; Salmon Bay Sand & Gravel; Western Materials; Cemco; USG Building Systems

Cantina Monarca, a one-of-a-kind restaurant, is located in downtown Bellevue. It is a small, high-end Mexican-style cantina that transports you to the Riviera Maya. Ferguson Architecture, Bayley Construction and the team at Western Partitions contributed to the design and construction of this unique project. Western Partitions performed metal framing, drywall hanging and finishing plus interior plaster finishes.

Cantina Monarca is unique mainly due to the overall aesthetic of the use of wood sticks interfacing with plaster and other finishes, as well as the large feature soffit in the middle with upside down plants. The sticks were sourced from Mexico and installed by general contractor Bayley Construction. Western Partitions helped supplement labor to install the wood when other scopes were complete.

A special challenge faced on this project was figuring out how to install the Radius Track panels within the existing space. Each panel was prefabricated by Radius Track and delivered to site. There were roughly 100 panels, each with their own unique radiused shape, that had to be installed via hanger wires and clips per the map provided by the manufacturer. Only a handful of the panels had to be modified by hand in the field prior to installation. Not only were there curves within the prefabricated panels, but a majority of the stud-framed walls had some sort of curve along the ground or over an elevation. There were very few standard framed walls within this space.

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