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Excellence Awards alls & Ceilings is honored to present the winners of our sixth annual Excellence Awards contest. The categories awarded this year are Ceilings, Drywall, EIFS/Stucco, Interior Plaster/Ornamentation and Metal Framing. The entries were judged by a panel of W&C staff members and its Editorial Advisory Board. We asked each company to submit a profi le of the job. In this profi le, each company talks about the job and some of the challenges, an overview of the fi nished product and why they should win. Congratulations to all the recipients of the awards and to all those who submitted projects. CEILINGS WARCO CONSTRUCTION NASCAR HALL OF FAME COMPLEX OFFICE TOWER LOBBY, CHARLOTTE, N.C. Annual W The final results of Walls & Ceilings’ Sixth Annual Excellence Awards. Wrapping around the building facade, a large metal ribbon fuses the racetrack theme into the lobby. Entering the lobby, 22 feet above the floor, the curvilinear ceiling pops out at the spectator as it contrasts all of the space’s rectangular-shaped objects. The Grau-finished (anodized aluminum) convex and concave panels interweave, generating the ribbon-like sculptural device in the ceiling. The ribbon motif gives the space character and identity more so than anything else in the room. Sprawling across the entire lobby area and hallways at 3,225 square feet, the panels mimic multiple lanes in a racetrack. Keeping in line with the building’s 5 foot module, the panels are each 10 foot long, and each panel spans two of the 5 feet wide window sections. Every 10 feet, the ceiling waves allude to motion, as in the waving checkered flag associated with racing culture. The ceiling’s curvilinear shape, anodized aluminum fi nish, and lighting draw spectators’ eyes upward and onward. Lights highlight the unique ceiling design, further evoking the speed and spectacle of a racetrack. Ceilings Plus helped the designers integrate an innovative lighting system that incorporates uplighting and downlighting. The metal finish allows light from the lobby windows to reflect off the polished floor and walls to further illuminate the room. The intersection of the Radians panels’ metal fi nish and this lighting combination highlight the panel waves, making them the lobby’s main attraction. The NASCAR Hall of Fame lobby designers were ahead of their time with this design, and had the environmental future in mind, too. Spectator’s eyes aren’t the only thing doing laps in this room—materials in the ceiling panels have been recycled over and over, making this ceiling an environmental triumph. By using the Radians recycled aluminum panels, other common ceiling elements were eliminated from the panels, helping preserve natural resources. The NASCAR Hall of Fame lobby is a highly sustainable project using a unique ceiling design that will keep racing for a long time. Project Details: • Completion Date: November 2008 • Overall square footage: 3,225 • Project Location: Charlotte, N.C. • Initial Project Budget: $95,215 • Final Cost of Project: $95,215 • Contractor: Warco Construction • Architect: Peicobb Freed & Partners Architect Materials: • Ceilings Plus Radian Panels with Grau Finish The NASCAR Hall of Fame Complex’s Office Tower lobby was built for NASCAR fans—people who love speed and spectacle. When fans enter the lobby, they’ll immediately see the excitement of a racetrack in the lobby ceiling. Ceilings Plus transformed its metal Radians panels into a ribbonlike shape with alternating convex and concave radii using unusually large 4½-foot-wide by 10-foot-long panels. These panels may be big, but were installed quickly, just the way the race enthusiasts would want it done. Sustainable panels of this size and shape are technically demanding, but Ceilings Plus adapted, resulting in a design masterpiece at the fi nish line. | Walls & Ceilings | December 2009

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Walls & Ceilings - December 2009

Walls & Ceilings - December 2009
Up Front
Trade News
Most Requested Products of 2009
Sixth Annual Excellence Awards
Move it on Up
City Central
The Finish Line
Smart Business
Trowel Talk
Straight Green
All in Agreement
Industry Voices
Information Showcase
Classified Marketplace
Advertiser Directory

Walls & Ceilings - December 2009