Construction Quality Award 2019: Ceilings

June 2019

The Association of the Wall and Ceiling Industry’s Excellence in Construction Quality Awards demonstrate the craft and management expertise of AWCI contractors, the products of AWCI manufacturer members and the procurement skills of AWCI supplier members. Along with AWCI’s award partners—the Gypsum Association, the Steel Framing Industry Association and the EIFS Industry Members Association—AWCI and AWCI’s Construction Dimensions congratulate the 2019 winners of AWCI’s Excellence in Construction Quality Awards.

Winning Project
Museum of the Bible
Washington, D.C.

AWCI Contractor
Manganaro Midatlantic, LLC

AWCI Team Members
Armstrong Commercial Ceilings & Walls
BASWA Acoustics North America, LLC
Capitol Building Supply, Inc. (A GMS Company)
CertainTeed Insulation
Kinetics Noise Control
Telling Industries

Smith Group JJR

General Contractor
Clark Construction Group

Total Man-Hours

Total Square Footage
430,000 sf

Materials Used
1,150,000 sf of metal
1,400,000 sf of wallboard
51,000 sf of plaster
33,000 sf of acoustical ceilings
13,400 sf of sound panels/baffles
3,600 lf of light coves
1,700 isolation hangers

Challenges Met
The primary focus of the ceiling design was to absorb and block all sound in the surroundings and keep with the reverent theme of the museum. Close attention to detail went hand-in-hand with the rigorous challenge of coordinating between trades, adapting to changes in the design and managing vendors. The acoustically engineered ceilings required an extraordinary amount of pre-planning work. Extensive use of isolation hangers, combined with the application of acoustical plaster, resulted in achieving the goal of managing the sound transmission at a very high level.