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AWCI Quality Awards 2023: Small Projects (Tie)

Bailey’s Fine Jewelry

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, 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).

Bailey’s Fine Jewelry

Cary, NC

This small project—5,000 square feet for the Bailey’s Fine Jewelry store—presented Precision Walls, Inc. with some big challenges. An aggressive schedule combined with multiple trades working in the same small place meant Precision Walls had to coordinate schedules with the other trades to make sure the high-end finishes were delivered on time. Receiving materials in time to accomplish major milestones also required great teamwork.

The focal point of Bailey’s is the sales floor. It consists of seven different types of trim for more than 1,000 linear feet throughout the sales area. In addition to material lead times, the layout of the trim as well as identifying where each specific piece was to go was crucial. With several types of trims and colors, the details can become congested with notes and easily be lost in translation. When you don’t have the luxury of being one of the last trades to complete a project, you have to get creative. With extensive planning done at the beginning to locate the different trim types and colors, the Precision Walls team was able to ensure all their layout, radius and serpentine points were correct the first time.

Planning ahead allowed Precision Walls to focus on the next most difficult aspect of the job: ensuring that the blocking was laid out and installed correctly for the trim installed on the wall. While the trim had a specific layout to follow for aesthetics, the blocking that it would attach to was equally important—if not more. The exterior walls where this trim was installed also consisted of two layers of drywall and required copious amounts of blocking and coordination to ensure a quality finished product.

Congratulations to Precision Walls for making Bailey’s Fine Jewelry shine.

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