2017 Project of the Year Awards

The BC Wall and Ceiling Association proudly awarded Project of the Year Awards to six outstanding BC projects that went above and beyond traditional design and installation. The projects each showcased creative, unique design, complex engineering and, of course, outstanding wall and ceiling components and installation. The BCWCA would like to extend congratulations to the winners.

Category: Best Steel Project

Job: Telus Turbine
Contractor: Raicor Contracting Ltd.
Manufacturers: Certainteed, Bailey, Johns Manville, Tremco

Constructing Telus Turbine on the roof of the old Telus building at 768 Seymour Street was one-of-a-kind project. Although the steel stud scope of work was interesting and challenging, to actually build the services by other trades to host the massive turbines that were hoisted to the roof was a unique experience. The steel stud framing work to build an approximately 28-foot-high enclosure building for the turbines was mostly exterior heavy gauge framing. Most of the walls were 10” 16 gauge but some tricky sections had to be 6” 14 gauge 5” on center 25’ tall. The studs were almost touching to each other and there were hundreds of bridge clips in just a ten-foot section of a wall.

Category: Best Renovation / Retrofit Project

Job: The Janion, Victoria, BC
Contractor: Gordon n’ Gordon Interiors Ltd.
Manufacturers: Bailey Steel, CGC, Georgia Pacific, Hilti
Supplier: Slegg Building Supplies

The Janion is a collection of 121 micro lofts spread between a new seven-storey structure which connects to the original heritage building. The original Janion Hotel, built in 1891, underwent a complete heritage restoration. The project also comprised of a new structural steel stud addition to the heritage building. This project was unique because of the mix between the new concrete structure and restoring the old brick and wood heritage structure at the same time. Extensive seismic upgrades had to be completed and seismic connection details between the old and new buildings were something that most had not seen before. Micro lofts themselves create their own challenge for framing and drywall. To make sure every inch of space is utilized there was a reliance on in-wall shelving and niches, trimless doors, and murphy beds.

Category: Best Exterior Project

Job: Wilson’s Walk
Contractor: H&R Exterior Finish Ltd.
Manufacturer: Dryvit Systems
Supplier: FBM

The Wilson’s Walk project fits into a colourful neighbour- hood theme. The challenge was to create a metal panel appearance using a custom finish and still provide the high thermal performance of EIFS. The goal of this project was to build a building where the units could be geared towards young urban singles, young couples, and young families, all of whom are in need of additional affordable and market housing options.

Category: Best VIWCA Project

Job: Woodgrove Mall
Contractor: Lanson’s Drywall Systems Ltd.
Manufacturers: Hunter Douglas, CGC
Suppliers: Slegg Building Materials, BC Ceiling Systems,
WSB Titan

The unique products specified on this project propelled it out of the 1980s and into West Coast contemporary style. The foremost challenge was containing the dust of the drywall suspended ceilings. The solution comprised vacuum attached sanders with dust containment negative air zones. The next challenge was to create light wells in the center of the suspended ceilings in the mall corridor and food court. The solution was to build jigs and prefabbed trusses, which were hung completely off-wire from the ground. Part two of this challenge was to co-ordinate the layout of the light wells with the layout of the floor tile. All ceilings were constructed three months prior to completion of the floor, so there was no margin for error.

Category: Best SIWCA Project

Job: Interior Health Authority, Kelowna, BC
Contractor: Kelowna Lite Kast (1989)
Manufacturers: Certainteed, Bailey, Armstrong, CGC
Supplier: FBM

The new Interior Health building is going to accommodate around 800 Interior Health Authority staff and bring together various departments who will see up to 500 patients per day. It will also house a new YMCA and Shoppers Drug mart. The overall budget for the project was approximately $46 million. Some challenges included an aggressive schedule, which required an influx of labour to accomplish the job on time, and some interesting work in the five-storey stairwells, which included some unique scaffolding to finish the stairs properly and maintain crew safety. The acoustic ceilings also created some challenging work due to the lack of room allowed to install t-bar grid between window heights and mechanical finishes.

Category: Best LMWCA Project

Job: Langara College – Science & Technology Building, Vancouver, BC
Contractor: Power Drywall 2005 Ltd.
Manufacturers: CGC, Bailey West Inc.
Suppliers: WSB Titan, BC Ceilings, Hilti Canada, Reliable Equipment Rentals

The design of this project consisted of a large quantity of standard construction materials but with some of the most unique configurations incorporated into architectural as well as structural features that set this project into a category of its own. The angles and multiple fold lines of ceiling, walls, and bulkheads created an aesthetic illusion to meet the intent of the design matching diamond stone cuts. Some challenges in this project included light gauge steel framing of the Oculus because of an offset design and ever-changing slopes and angles; framing the diagonally and horizontally extending cantilevered beams around the exterior, and alignment of custom tectum ceiling reveals with soffit lines in both directions, together with an incorporated access panel design and alignment to irregular shaped walls.