Light-Gauge Steel Framing (Idaho)

Life Care Center of Post Falls

Location: Post Falls, Idaho
Contractor: Specialty Construction Systems
Architect: Lantz-Boggio Architects
Team: Building Specialties, Hilti Inc., Sherwin Williams, Steeler Inc., Western Materials, Scafco Steel Stud Manufacturing Co., USG Building Systems

Photo courtesy of NWCB
Life Care Center of Post Falls is one of the largest metal-framed projects ever built in Idaho.

The second phase of Life Care Center of Post Falls includes 265,000 square feet for assisted and independent retirement living.

The development is one of the largest metal-framed projects ever built in Idaho, according to information supplied to the NWCB. It uses heavy-gauge steel for load-bearing walls and floor systems.

It took more than 160 craftsmen working 50- to 60-hour weeks to install the 1.2 million linear feet of metal framing. In addition, 100,000 square feet of acoustical ceiling and 1.5 million square feet of wallboard and soffits were installed.

Workers also had to endure two of the worst winters that Idaho has seen in recent years. With the severe weather, it was critical to maintain environmental conditions to keep the project on schedule.

Judge’s comment: “This large, multi-story project was framed completely with light-gauge steel-framing components in order to provide the best possible structure for the building. It was a challenging job because of the detailed design and the winter environmental conditions, but the owner and architect made the right choice in their selection of framing materials and contractor to perform the work.”

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