2010 Silver Award Winners

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

Congratulations to everyone!

View a video of all the Silver winning projects on YouTube, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DpXNXH2YQMw


UCSF Mission Bay, San Francisco, CA

Submitted by: 9Wood, Inc.

Other CISCA Members Involved with Project:

Spacetone Acoustics, Inc.
The Finish Line
Gypsum Drywall Supply/Pinnacle

Architect/Specifier: SmithGroup

This project required FSC-certified wood that would carry a Class 1A fire rating and have no added urea-formaldehyde (Nauf). At the time, the only option to meet this combination was a solid (and very expensive) FSC white maple from the upper Midwest.

The project also posed some installation challenges when actual needs varied from the specification.


Council Chambers, Chandler City Hall, Chandler, AZ

Submitted by: Armstrong Ceiling and Wall Systems

Other CISCA Members Involved with Project:

T-P Acoustics, Inc.

Architect/Specifier: SmithGroup

Chandler, AZ was one of the largest cities in the state without a permanent city hall. That changed in 2010.

The chamber represented a number of installation challenges. First, was the shape of the space because it was neither square, nor rectangular, but somewhat bell-shaped with radiused corners. The second challenge was its change in elevation. The council floor slopes downward, theatre-style, from back to front. However, the ceiling does not follow this pattern.


George C.S. Benson Auditorium - Pitzer College, Claremont, CA

Submitted by: Ceilings Plus

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

Architect/Specifier: Levin Architects

Updated for the 21st Century, the George C.S. Benson Auditorium will now be a fully used venue on campus as the 4,500 square foot, 315 seat auditorium will host classes, lectures, panel discussions and concerts.

The biggest challenge was to create a new space within an existing space. The intent was to create sustainability by maintaining the envelope of the building, while creating a new interior. The ceilings in the auditorium were hung independently to achieve specific acoustical requirements.


Michigan State University, Brody Hall, East Lansing, MI

Submitted by: Gordon, Inc.

Other CISCA Members Involved with Project:

Integrity Interiors, Inc.
Rice Associates, Inc.

Architect/Specifier: Design+

The Brody Hall Complex, constructed in 1954 is the largest non-military cafeteria in the world, serving 2,400 students daily from six surrounding residence halls.

The old complex was brought forward in time both aesthetically and functionally. Throughout the process, project planners incorporated
sustainability into the design. This resulted in achieving LEED certification.


Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn, MI

Submitted by: Gordon, Inc.

Other CISCA Members Involved with Project:

Creative Solutions Group, Inc.
Rice Associates, Inc.

Architect/Specifier: West Office Exhibition Design

The Henry Ford Museum is a sprawling 12 acre site housing historical displays devoted to the development of American technology, innovation and culture since the Industrial Revolution.

A key feature of the project was a suspended, floating, structural feature wall that would serve as a backdrop for exhibit signage, while guiding visitors throughout the space.


NASCAR Museum and Hall of Fame, Charlotte, NC

Submitted by: Acoustics Incorporated

Other CISCA Members Involved with Project:

All Interior Supply
Barrisol Normalu SA

Architect/Specifier: Pei Cobb Freed and Partners, LLP

This five-acre complex includes a 19-story office complex and a 150,000 square foot hall of fame museum.

The museum’s Great Hall, is a dramatic exhibit space with 40-foot high ceilings. One goal for this ceiling was to emulate the checkered flag theme used through the complex. The metal ceiling features white metal panels with six by six foot openings.


Georgia Gwinnett College Library, Lawrenceville, GA

Submitted by: Rulon Company

Other CISCA Members Involved with Project: Brill Enterprises

Architect/Specifier: Leo A. Daly Architecture

This new building has the capacity to hold 300,000 volumes. It also acts as the social and intellectual heart of the campus.

Within the library, a curved, wood ceiling was introduced in special areas such as the quiet reading room and lecture hall. The curve of the ceiling started at the top of the taller back wall and ended on the top of the shorter glass wall. This creates the appearance of a tilted ceiling.

A cherry wood veneer with a custom stain was chosen for the color in order to match the furnishings.


Bank of America SuperBlock - Urban Garden, Charlotte, NC

Submitted by: Acoustics Incorporated

Other CISCA Members Involved with Project:

Armstrong Wold Industries
Architectural Components Group, Inc

Architect/Specifier: Perkins+Will

The grated metal panel design for the Urban Garden consists of specially designed metal grates which incorporates the hanging mechanism for anodized aluminum baffles. The system is based upon a 15 inch by 60 inch module.

The monstrous “wood area” is European white oak, a sustainable environmentally friendly wood finish.

The height of this space is 60 feet, so logistics and coordination of installation were a challenge.


NJM Insurance Group Regional Operation Facility, Atlantic County, NJ

Submitted by: Ceilings Plus

Other CISCA Members Involved with Project:

Coastal General Contracting, Inc.

Architect/Specifier: CUH2A, Inc.

The project requirements included, designing, engineering, and fabricating custom linear wood ceilings and wood wall panels coordinated with structural design, energy-efficient cooling and heating systems, lighting systems, and fire sprinkler systems.

Sustainable strategies were employed toensure energy efficiency and environmental responsibility to comply with the central tenet of the master plan.



Tapestry at Wesbrook Village, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Submitted by: Simplex Ceilings and Walls

Other CISCA Members Involved with Project: Optima Buiding Systems

Architect/Specifier: HKG Design

The Tapestry at Wesbrook Village is an upscale senior living facility. The facility reflects a seafaring and timber heritage. A heavy timber ship’s hatch was the inspiration for this unique ceiling. Unfortunately, the concept presented some serious design challenges such as maintenance, weight, cost, building codes and seimic considerations.

The solution incorporated high definition, three dimensional PVC film for the look and feel of real wood. The material was laminated to aluminum and formed into sections.

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