Interior-Commercial (Oregon)

Linus Pauling Science Center

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Level 5 drywall finishes can be found throughout the Linus Pauling Science Center.

Location: Corvallis

Contractor: Cascade Acoustics

Architect: Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects

Team: GTS Interior Supply, Hilti Inc., Knez Building Materials Co., Service Partners, Armstrong Ceilings, GTS Interior Supply, Scafco Steel Stud Manufacturing Co.

The Linus Pauling Science Center on the campus of Oregon State University is a $62.5 million facility that provides 105,000 square feet for cutting-edge research. It has 15 labs, 44 staff offices, several conference rooms and a 180-seat auditorium.

Designers used BIM modeling in planning and coordinating the various mechanical and electrical systems in the LEED silver-certified building.

Ceilings of white maple were installed in both the main lobby and the auditorium. The auditorium layout consists of individual ceiling clouds that slope at various angles, which required intricate coordination between mechanical and architectural aspects of the project.

The atrium area, over 40 feet in height, required building a temporary floor near the roof. This allowed workers to install acoustical ceiling clouds at the top of the atrium area.

Adding to the degree of difficulty, Level 5 drywall finishes were performed throughout the project due to critical lighting requirements.

Judge’s comment: “The complexity of the space in conjunction with the extensive detailing incorporated into the project have taken an institutional facility and given a very warm and welcoming appearance.”

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