Construction Quality Award 2019: Steel Framing

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
Duke Ellington School of the Arts
Washington, D.C.

AWCI Contractor
Performance Contracting, Inc.

AWCI Team Members
Allied Building Products Corp.
Capitol Building Supply, Inc. (A GMS Company)
Georgia-Pacific Gypsum
Hilti, Inc.
National Gypsum
Radius Track Corporation
Simpson Strong-Tie

Cox Graee + Spack Architects
Lance Bailey Associates

General Contractor
GCS | Sigal

Challenges Met
Curved box-beams set the curvature of the theater skin, and pre-curved hat-channel installed vertically set the geometry in section. The CFS sub-system shaped exterior sections above the skylights, and the complete interior skin that wrapped around the bottom where the theater skin doubled as the cafeteria ceiling. A stud outrigger and cap-track assembly connected each box-beam to the structure. This unique sub-system and its connection assembly was able to accommodate any angle or depth between the structure and finished skin. It utilized commodity products engineered to transfer loads of the light-gauge sub-system, multi-layer gypsum wallboard and plaster finish.

Total Man-Hours

Total Square Footage
31,571.22 sf

Materials Used
12,303 lf of load-bearing studs
12,140 lf of curved hat channel
4,012 lf of curved box beam
2,400 lf of load-bearing track