2010 Gold Award Winners

CISCA received many excellent entries for the 2010 Construction Excellence awards.  We are very pleased to show the Gold winners here.

Congratulations to everyone!

View a video of all the Gold Project winning entries on YouTube, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWwAqV-pWrM


MIT Sloan School of Management, Cambridge, MA

Submitted by: Central Ceilings, Inc.

Other CISCA Members Involved with Project:
Rulon Company
Ceilings Plus
Chicago Metallic Corporation

Architect/Specifier: Bruner/Colt

The new MIT Sloan School of Management building features 12 unique ceiling types covering 217,000 total square feet. This new building features faculty office space, an executive education center, study rooms, class rooms, two dining rooms and a central gathering space.


800 Gateway Boulevard, San Francisco, CA

 Submitted by: Performance Contracting, Inc.

Other CISCA Members Involved with Project:

Armstrong World Industries

Architect/Specifier: DGA Architects

Customization was the key to success on this project with many components being one of a kind. Among them are the wood ceilings which are custom clouds, aluminum radius trims with soffits in the cafeteria, different ceiling heights in open office areas, and the metal ceilings in lab environments. The most impressive feature of this project is the convex wood ceiling clouds in the lobby of the building.  Precision and attention to detail were key in creating this complex ceiling system. The panels came as a finished product so there was extensive coordination between the drywall, acoustical and general contractors.


Atrium - 800 Yates Street, Victoria, BC

 Submitted by: 9Wood, Inc.

Other CISCA Members Involved with Project:

Parker Johnston
Industries, Ltd.
The Winroc Corporation

Architect/Specifier: D’Ambrosio Architecture + Urbanism

Wood grilles form the walls of a large seven-story central atrium in an innovative office building in British Columbia.  The architect summarized the space, “The atrium is the heart of the building. It’s a semi-public urban ‘room.’ We chose wood to give it a sense of welcome that would be perceptible from the street.”

The grilles are constructed from western hemlock 5/8ths by one inch. The reveals between members create a high noise transfer coefficient, which allows acoustic material to be set behind the grille to control acoustics.


Soka University Performing Arts Center and Academic Facility, Aliso Viejo, CA

Submitted by: 9Wood, Inc.

Other CISCA Members Involved with Project: Elljay Acoustics, Inc.

Architect/Specifier: Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects, LLP

Performing arts centers present a unique challenge to ceiling design — and wood ceiling design in particular — because of the strong emphasis on acoustics. The desire for the beauty of wood must be balanced with acoustical performance.

Computer modeling provided the optimal shape for the wooden grilles, allowing sound to pass through and be absorbed by acoustical curtains mounted behind. These curtains are on retractable rods allowing the acoustics of the room to be changed with the press of a button.


Omaha Children's Hospital, Omaha, NE

Submitted by: E & K of Omaha

Other CISCA Members Involved with Project: Milliard Drywall Service

Architect/Specifier: HDR Architecture, Inc.

The Omaha Children’s Hospital added a third tower to their bustling medical complex. The new tower is eight stories, including parking, offices and other medical care units. 

The radius soffits are a signature element of the design and provided some of the greatest challenge in this construction.

Another issue that was confronted on this job was the installation of specialty ceiling panels to be hung below the 2’ X 8’ ceiling tile. These panels required cables that needed to be attached to the deck above in order to hang below the
ceiling tiles.


Liberty North High School, Phase 1, Liberty, MO

Submitted by: Performance Contracting Inc.

Other CISCA Members Involved with Project:

National Gypsum Co.
Armstrong World Industries

Architect/Specifier: ACI/Boland

Precision layout was critical with this project. The size of the dining room clouds and the pass-through columns made construction difficult.

The variety and complexity of designed materials made this installation challenging. In the end, the finished product delivered the desired result and
Phase II is set to begin on schedule.


Blackhawk Hotel, Davenport, IA

Submitted by: Fellert North America, Inc.

Other CISCA Members Involved with Project: Phillips Interior/Exterior

Architect/Specifier: Restoration of St. Louis

The historic Hotel Blackhawk was built in 1915. Its new owner wanted to completely restore and update this grand old hotel to its former opulence, while making certain that every aspect of modern accommodation was properly addressed.

Acoustics were a primary concern.  Solutions had to work with the existing curved plaster ceilings. The acoustical plaster system met every requirement and the final installation is a masterpiece.  The complex curve ceiling in the eastern
reception entry hall is a one-of-a-kind execution for an acoustical plaster system.


Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, St. Paul, MN

Submitted by: Tectum, Inc.

Other CISCA Members Involved with Project:

Minnsesota Acoustics
Golden Valley Supply Co.

Architect/Specifier: Collaborative Design Group

One of the premier exhibits at Como Park is the Primate House. It is a 10-sided burnished block building with wood ceilings, exposed ductwork and concrete floors. 

Noise created between the primate inhabitants and the hundreds of visitors became a communication problem. The zoo turned to local acoustic professionals to solve the problem. 

Custom Tectum panels imprinted with a unique graphic pattern provided the solution — acoustic dampening, aesthetic appeal and great durability.


Landry High School, New Orleans, LA

Submitted by: Hunter Douglas Architectural Products

Other CISCA Members Involved with Project:
FL Crane & Sons, Inc.

Architect/Specifier: Eskew + Dumez + Ripple

Already suffering from the abuse of time and neglect, Landry High School was nearly destroyed by hurricane Katrina.

The architectural team was challenged with restoring the school with a full complement of modern upgrades, while implementing sustainable design practices. The first ceiling installation was the application of 33,000 square feet of a hook-on plank ceiling system. The gym ceiling was 13,000 square feet of roll-formed baffles to provide a one-way plenum mask.

The contractors overcame a variety of obstacles to complete the project in time for the August 2010 opening.


New World Symphony Campus, Miami Beach, FL

Submitted by: Lotspeich Company, Inc.

Other CISCA Members Involved with Project:
All Interior Supply
Radius Track Corp.
CetainTeed Ceilings
Simplex Ceilings
USG Building Systems
National Gypsum Co.
Kinetics Noise Control
Chicago Metallic Corp.
Armstrong World Industries

Architect/Specifier: Gehry Partners, LLP

This large project took more than two years from start to completion. The contract included metal stud framing, secondary structural steel attachments and supports, custom expanded mesh decking, gypsum wallboard and MDF sheathing, level five drywall finish, gypsum veneer plaster, acoustical plaster, pneumatically placed concrete fill, structural steel acoustical lagging, metal ceilings and slot grilles, suspended acoustical ceilings and acoustical wall panels.


University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, Baltimore, MD

Submitted by: Rulon Company

Other CISCA Members Involved with Project: Commercial Interiors

Architect/Specifier: Ellenzweig Architects

The University of Maryland has the fourth oldest school of pharmacy in the nation. In 2008, they began a $62 million expansion of Pharmacy Hall at the university.

At the entrance, a massive four-story glass atrium greets you with light flooding the entire area. The ceilings and walls are accented by a variety of wood wall panels.  The design intends to project a sense of quiet and calm. Quarter-sawn beech veneer helps deliver this impression.

Custom curved wood wall panels grace the undulating passages. A masterpiece of architectural millwork, these panels were manufactured 1,000 miles away. This project received a LEED certification of Silver.


Hylton Performing Arts Center, George Mason Univerity, Manassas, VA

Submitted by: Gordon, Inc.

Other CISCA Members Involved with Project:

Capital Drywall, Inc.
Design Surfaces, Inc.

Architect/Specifier: Hughes Group Architects

This structure covers 85,000 square feet and houses four unique performance spaces.

A multidimensional ceiling made of wedge shaped, perforated metal, acoustical clouds begins outside under the porte cochere. The ceiling flows through the
glass front curtain wall creating a dramatic visual effect while delivering excellent acoustical performance.

Merchant Hall is a nine story concert hall designed in the tradition of the classic vertical style of the grand European opera houses.


Center for Urban Waters, Tacoma, WA

Submitted by: 9Wood, Inc.

Other CISCA Members Involved with Project: ISEC, Inc.

Architect/Specifier: Perkins + Will

The Center for Urban Waters in Tacoma, WA, was designed not only as a center for environmental research, but as a leading example of the green building revolution.

Designing a ceiling using reclaimed wood presented certain unique challenges.  Urban Waters required close coordination between the artchitect and contractors to dial in the allowable “character” of the finished wood. The carefully monitored hands-on approach produced an interior with a rich story and finish.

The atrium even has a kiosk that tells the story of the building’s construction process and LEED attributes.


King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Jedda, Saudi Arabia

Submitted by: Rulon Company

Architect/Specifier: HOK

The King Abdullah University of Science and Technology is a shining example of sustainable design. It earned a Platinum LEED rating. More than 250,000 square feet of product was provided and installed over a six month period.

Walking through the main breezeway, you can see the linear wood ceiling in the main passage way and also the ceilings in the adjacent student rooms.