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May 5, 2023


Photo by Paul Adelman
The design team imagined a dramatic curved framing element to add architectural interest and conceal the structural columns near the hotel’s entrance.

Ilani Casino Resort Hotel

Location: Ridgefield

Contractor: Performance Contracting

Architect: Friedmutter Group

Team: Northwest Carpenters Union

The design team for the 15-story Ilani Casino Resort Hotel envisioned a project that would reflect the culture of the Northwest with unique aesthetic cues that pay tribute to the heritage of the local Cowlitz Indian Tribe. Those elements have been brought to life by the team of the Cowlitz Tribe, the Friedmutter Group, Howard S. Wright and Performance Contracting Inc. (PCI).

The project design presented “repeatable footprints” for rooms, corridors and common spaces, and PCI, having recently invested in three Framecad stud rolling formers, began designing interior wall panels and kits that would allow it to prefabricate the framing off-site. As part of the Framecad process, PCI created a building information modeling (BIM) image of each stud in a panel or kit, creating an exact “print list” of what would be installed and exactly where it would be installed. The team collaborated with the mechanical, electrical and plumbing trades in this process by including their BIM models and creating access holes and paths for their materials, eliminating questions and conflicts that could have occurred in the field.

One special challenge of the project was the design and construction of a porte cochere over the main entrance of the hotel. The design team imagined a dramatic curved framing element to add architectural interest and conceal the structural columns. A PCI senior project manager used SketchUp software to create a model of the panel assemblies. The next step was to have the PCI BIM team create a model that could be engineered and sent to the Framecad stud roll former for production.

The PCI BIM specialist built a CAD drawing with radius, stud-size and gauge specifications required by engineering to create shop drawings for approval and production. The shop drawings detail exactly what parts will be formed by the Framecad machine and then built into the final framed panel. The team assembling the panels built the eight curved panels in four days, with each one matching the other exactly. Panels built using conventional methods on site would have taken two to three days per panel, and the tolerances required would have been extremely difficult, if not impossible, to maintain. A total of eight curved panels were prefabricated, creating an accurate product that was correct the first time, saving time, labor, and impressing the project team.

The PCI team combined multiple cutting-edge technologies and processes to create a unique experience for all involved.

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