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AWCI Quality Awards 2023: Ceilings

MAC Baggage Claim and Ticketing Lobby

The Association of the Wall and Ceiling Industry recognized excellence in construction quality when the winners of AWCI’s awards program were announced during Build23: AWCI’s Convention + Expo. 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.

Among the winners of the construction quality award were two projects that earned an Honorable Mention: TJ Wies Contracting, Inc. performed the ceiling work on Phase 2 of the Missouri Botanical Garden – Visitors Center, and in the drywall category, Western Partitions, Inc. was recognized for their work on PDX Concourse B.

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, MarinoWARE, 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)

2019 MAC Baggage Claim and Ticketing Lobby

St. Paul, MN

Part of a long-range project, the bid package included improvements to areas such as the baggage claim, ticket lobby, office spaces and restrooms. Renovations included custom interior curtain walls with specialty glazing, custom metal ceilings, lighting, epoxy terrazzo and other upgrades.

The restrooms required a high degree of precise framing due to the tolerances of the finishes, but the real challenge was the ceiling.  Look up when you are at the Metropolitan Airports Commission’s Baggage Claim and Ticketing Lobby in Minneapolis and you will see the main focal point: a 10,000-square-foot ceiling with five large elliptical shapes and soffits that reach out like rays of the sun. Mulcahy Nickolaus LLC built this ceiling in three separate phases using three separate framing methods to construct the ceilings and soffits. Multiple types of plaster and gypsum board—more than 110,000 square feet—were used for the finishes.

Many signature elements meant a great deal of preplanning and execution was needed to maneuver through the multiple phases seamlessly. One phase had to be completed before the next phase could start, and the Mulcahy Nickolaus team used technology and pre-manufactured radius components to overcome the difficulties and deliver a superior finish—and an award-winning ceiling.

Congratulations to Mulcahy Nickolaus for their excellent ceiling work on the MAC Baggage Claim and Ticketing Lobby.

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