Construction Quality Award 2021: EIFS2

June 2021

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 2021 winners of AWCI’s Excellence in Construction Quality Awards.

Winning Project
The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash!, Universal City, California

AWCI Contractor
KHS&S Contractors

AWCI Team Members
Action Gypsum Supply, Foundation Building Materials, West Coast Firestopping, Inc., Hilti, Inc.

Universal Creative

General Contractor
PCL Construction

Contractor Stats
56,822 Total Man-Hours
309 Weekdays on the Job
19,602 SF Total Project Floor Area

Materials Used
40,005 SF EIFS
40 Colors
240 Windows
13 Textures
2,000 Foam Shapes
146 Unique Foam Shapes
40,005 SF Vapor Barrier

Based on the Illumination Entertainment film, “The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash!,” passengers board guided vehicles for a “trackless dark ride” to experience specially lit scenes with animation, sound and special effects. The one-of-a-kind design created for Universal Studios, Hollywood consisted of a lean construction approach and intricate materials. The designs were unique and specific to details of the movie series. KHS&S’s work on the two-story attraction included interior and exterior framing, plaster, EIFS, drywall, architectural ornamentation and woodwork—right down to the exterior planter boxes. Their unique and creative themed resources department value engineered many of Universal Creative’s designs to incorporate EIFS allowing the project to meet deadlines and budgetary needs.