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May 5, 2023


Photo by Brooks Burdick
True Terpenes’ new facility has a three-level cloud ceiling.

True Terpenes

Location: Hillsboro

Contractor: Fred Shearer & Sons

Architect: Livermore Architecture & Engineering

Team: Northwest Carpenters Union; International Union of Painters and Allied Trades; CWallA; GTS Interior Supply; L&W Supply; Spears Construction Supply; Armstrong World Industries; CertainTeed Gypsum; Hamilton Drywall Products; Hilti; Scafco Steel Stud Co.

True Terpenes is a manufacturer of flavorings used in food and lifestyle products that decided to consolidate its manufacturing and administrative functions into one facility in Hillsboro. The newly combined facility is intended to showcase its sophisticated manufacturing process and allows the company to give tours to customers and visitors in an exciting and vibrant environment.

The 20,000-square-foot facility has 4,400 square feet devoted to office areas and the remainder for product development, production, warehouse, and staff support spaces. The office space was opened up at the mezzanine level to bring natural daylight into the large central arena area.

The signature design element of the central open mezzanine is the layered multi-colored suspended ceiling cloud system that is 30 feet in the air. The random patterns, heights and colors create a unique and interesting feel and look upon entry into the building.

Fred Shearer & Sons’ team of skilled local tradespeople were brought in to bring the design to life.

The multiple layers of the clouds presented a challenging seismic design, field layout and installation. The free-floating, colored clouds have three separate cloud layers based on the color.

One of the biggest challenges was that the seismic bracing for each cloud, regardless of the layer, needed to have two seismic struts that were 12 feet long in addition to the standard grid wires. That meant the team had to penetrate the upper clouds to get to the lower ones and keep the struts and wires hidden as much as possible. The struts were prefabricated and painted black before installation. Each cloud had to be square along with installing the tiles around the struts and wires, and to accomplish that the team prefabricated each cloud grid on the ground and then installed them in one piece.

The Fred Shearer & Sons team took the challenging design and created a unique and visually stunning look for staff and visitors to enjoy.

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