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Construction Quality Award 2019: Drywall

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

Jefferson National Expansion Memorial – Museum of Westward Expansion &

Visitor Center

St. Louis, Missouri

AWCI Contractor

T.J. Wies Contracting, Inc.

AWCI Team Members

CertainTeed Gypsum


Continental Building Products, Inc.

Hilti, Inc.

Negwer Materials, Inc.

Radius Track Corporation

USG Corporation


Cooper, Robertson & Partners

General Contractor

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.

Challenges Met

Special attention was spent on the selection of the metal stud framing in order to provide the adequate level of support for the diverse wall design. Various types of gypsum board were used to make sure the wall and soffit design performed up to the owner’s requirements. Special gypsum board compound was used to skim over the exposed concrete roof structure. Aluminum reveals were incorporated into many areas to provide a crisp transition to adjacent finishes.

Total Man-Hours


Total Square Footage

109,426 sf

Materials Used

335,973 sf of wallboard

143,933 lf of metal framing

77,947 sf of insulation

15,045 sf of shaftwall

8,728 lf of trims

6,888 sf of tile backer

800 sf of sheathing

60 buckets of joint compound

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