AWCI Quality Awards 2023: Interior Prefab
Kathleen MacDonald High School
The Association of the Wall and Ceiling Industry recognized excellence in construction quality and safety when the winners of AWCI’s awards program were announced in March during Build23: AWCI’s Convention + Expo in Las Vegas. AWCI’s Excellence in Construction Quality Awards recognize excellence in construction quality in the face of complicated and challenging projects, and is awarded to a team of AWCI members. AWCI’s safety award gives national recognition to members who manage an effective safety program in a given year.
Through the quality awards, AWCI recognizes the member contractor as well as the member suppliers and manufacturers who also participated on the winning project. This year the following companies contributed to one or more of the winning projects: Ames Taping Tools, Armstrong Ceiling & Wall Solutions, California Expanded Metal Products (CEMCO), CertainTeed Gypsum, ClarkDietrich, Clinch-On Cornerbead Company, Colonial Materials (A GMS Company), Dryvit Systems, Inc., Excel Engineering, Inc., Foundation Building Materials, Fry Reglet, Georgia-Pacific Gypsum, Grabber Construction Products, Inc., GTS Interior Supply (A GMS Company), Hilti, Inc., Hunter Panels/Hunter XCI, Interior Supply, Inc. (AD Building Materials), L&W Supply, Marino\WARE, Master Wall, Inc., National Gypsum Company, Negwer Materials, Inc., Owens Corning, PABCO Gypsum, Radius Track Corporation, Rulon International, Specified Technologies, Inc., Spectra Precision, Tamarack Materials, Inc. (A GMS Company), Trim-Tex, Inc., United Building Materials, Inc. (A GMS Company), USG Corporation, West Coast Firestopping, Inc. and Westside Building Materials (A GMS Company).
Kathleen MacDonald High School
San Jose, CA
Raymond – Northern California used prefabricated framing in very specific areas to benefit the complex interior and exterior framing details on the construction of the 288,000-square-foot Kathleen MacDonald High School. The school’s theater had roughly 60 wall baffles on its perimeter walls with unique angles, as well as larger radius ceiling baffles overhead, all to achieve perfect sound and acoustics. These components were prefabbed to meet precise project specifications, which helped with the project schedule. And milled drywall shapes were used to wrap the off-angles and unique baffle shapes.
But prefabrication was not only needed for the theater, it was used throughout the project for wall and ceiling sound reflectors, welded jamb studs and exterior and interior headers and sills. Raymond prefabricated the baffles using FrameCad rolling technology, but first they had to procure engineering for the systems.
When the project was finished, all could see the benefits of prefabrication. It helped Raymond achieve the architect’s complicated design and complex framing details. Prefab was key in meeting the project schedule and led to a safe, productive install.
Congratulations to Raymond – Northern California for their use of modern technology in building a state-of-the-art high school.