Suspended Ceiling (Oregon)

Chemeketa Community College
Center for Business & Industry

Location: Salem, Ore.
Contractor: Performance Contracting
Architect: Arbuckle Costic Architects
Team: Ceilings Plus, Seattle Sound & Vibration, Kinetics Noise Control, Rulon Co.

Photo by William James Photography
Wood baffle ceilings were built for the undulating corridors inside the Center for Business & Industry.

Chemeketa Community College for Business & Industry is a LEED silver-certified project.

The four-story, post-tension concrete building has an average floor-to-floor height of 14 feet and a footprint per floor of 13,800 square feet.

The custom ceilings and high level of finish throughout the building are what make the project unique.

Construction challenges were numerous; from the various custom suspended ceilings to the perforated wood panels in the board room and lobbies. Each piece was custom designed and make to exacting specifications.

Because of this and the extended lead times, the margin for installation error was nearly non-existent.

In other areas, 1-by-4-inch slat wood baffle ceilings provided the “top hat” of the undulating corridors on the first and second levels. Because of the precise nature of the work, each wood slat was field cut to a precise length to insure a perfect reveal around the entire ceiling.

Judge’s comment: “The ceilings on this project seemed to become, in many of the areas, the building’s art work. The architects’ design required superior craftsmanship, which they got.”

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