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AWCI’s Excellence in Construction Quality Awards 2016

Category: Interiors

Winner: Talley Student Union, Raleigh, North Carolina

Since 1972, the Talley Student Union on the campus of North Carolina State University has been “the” location for student life experiences. It’s now a LEED Silver certified building spanning 288,000 square feet.

Rodgers Builders/Russell Dayeco selected AWCI member Precision Walls, Inc. to play a vital role in transforming this student union into a space that reflects the Pride of the Wolfpack. Precision Walls did the interior and exterior work including drywall, acoustical and wood ceilings, specialty perimeter trims and acoustical wall panels. Curved walls and soffits snake through the entire building. Some of the larger radiuses span as wide at 260 feet.


This was a huge project with an aggressive schedule due to the university’s desire to work around the university’s calendar. In order to work around the students, this project was performed in two phases. Phase I started in June of 2012, and final touches on Phase II ended in May 2015.


The precision optics and robotics of the innovative Trimble Total Station helped layout the framing.


On the open balcony of the 4th floor, you’ll find a sign, 9 feet tall by 48 feet wide, that has “NC STATE” carved into the drywall. Flexible corner bead was used around the letters’ outline. A Level 5 finish completed the work. Despite underlying pressures to meet deadlines while executing such artistry and precision, this focal point for the student union was a complete success.

AWCI Member Contractor

Precision Walls, Inc.

AWCI Member Manufacturers

Armstrong Commercial Ceilings & Walls

ClarkDietrich Building Systems

Gordon, Inc. aka ALPRO Acoustical Systems

Hilti, Inc.

Knauf Insulation

National Gypsum

AWCI Member Suppliers

Colonial Materials, Inc. (GMS Subsidiary)

Hilti, Inc.


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