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Construction Quality Award 2021: 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 2021 winners of AWCI’s Excellence in Construction Quality Awards.

Winning Project

SSM Health – Saint Louis University Hospital, Saint Louis, Missouri

AWCI Contractor

T.J. Wies Contracting, Inc.

AWCI Team Members

Hilti, Inc., Negwer Materials, Inc., Foundation Building Materials, USG, Trim-Tex, Inc., Owens Corning


Lawrence Group

General Contractor


Contractor Stats

313,161 Total Man-Hours

538 Weekdays on the Job

797,406 SF Total Project Floor Area

Materials Used

2,898,916 SF Wallboard

207,876 SF Sheathing

147,656 SF Shaftwall

853,428 SF Tile Backer

6,345 Buckets of Joint Compound

151,000 LF Trims

12,000 SF Milled Drywall

72 Aerial Lifts

5 Swing Stages


T.J. Wies Contracting was given a range on means and methods they could utilize to achieve the architect’s design, enabling them to be creative outside of standard metal stud framing and drywall. They built bathroom pods off-site in a modular fashion and set each one like a fixture into rooms instead of building in place, increasing productivity and quality. Another unique aspect was the use of large quantities of milled, preformed drywall shapes for radius soffits, window wraps and bulkheads. Also, trim caps were used as a high-end window-to-drywall termination to limit sound and fire transfer at demising walls.

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