Association of the Wall and Ceiling Industry Logo

Construction Quality Award 2021: EIFS2

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.

Browse Similar Articles

You May Also Like

STI Leads Firestop Innovation
As building construction has increased in complexity, so has the proper design, usage and installation of firestopping materials.
According to Statista, there were 480,000 cyberattacks in the United States in 2022. The estimated cost of cybercrime in the country for 2024 is $452.3 billion, which is expected to reach $1.816 trillion by 2028.
AWCI's Construction Dimensions cover

Renew or Subscribe Today!