The 2007 Walls & Ceilings Excellence in Design Awards showcases this year’s finest craftsmanship in the industry.

Heart Hospital, BakerTriangle

Walls & Ceilings is honored to present the winners in our fourth annual Excellence in Design Awards contest. The categories awarded this year are: Drywall, EIFS/Stucco, ICFs, Ceilings and Interior Plaster/Ornamentation. The entries were judged by a panel of W&C staff and members of its editorial advisory board.

We asked each company to submit a profile of the job. In their own words, they talk about the job, some of the challenges, an overview of the finished product and why they should win.

Congratulations to all the recipients of the awards and to all those that submitted to this contest.


South Valley Drywall Inc.
Littleton, Colo.
Private Residence, Cherry Hills Village, Colo.

This very special home incorporates many different products and stands as an example of meticulous attention to detail and superior craftsmanship. The home’s many radius walls were crafted using High Flex from USG while the circular stairway was framed using materials from CEMCO. Numerous types of moldings were used from Westroc and Gypcove to add to the home’s elegant beauty. Custom made Styrofoam moldings and domes were finished with Foam Coat by Hamilton Materials to complete the grand look.

Every room of this beautiful two-story home has its own unique detail without becoming overpowering, while continuing the theme of the home. The ceilings range from barrel, to coffer, from rake to cathedral, all the time being accented with extra details. The two-story entry ceiling is a perfect barrel over 50 feet in length. The winding stairway that accents the grand entry meanders and flows, gracefully climbing into the sky until it reaches the dome above. Across from the stairway is the grand room where the dome is reminiscent of something you would see in an old capitol building that glows warmly from the lights in the highly decorated light trough and showcases the elegant chandelier. As you travel down the entry hall you come to the great room where the cathedral ceiling is decorated with beams to accent the arched windows and frame the second story balcony.

These rooms are just an example of the many different types of drywall techniques that were used in this home. All of the rooms have their own unique look combining trap and pan ceilings along with light troughs and coves.

Every inch of this 15,000 square foot home is a testimony to the craftsmanship of our industry. This home’s 930 sheets of drywall and 3,000 feet of Bullnose along with the various foams and molds were finished to a level 4 before the primer was applied. After the prime coat, an ultra-light pool trowel was applied to complete the elegant look. Perhaps even more amazing than the detail in this home is the fact that it was completed from stock to clean in five weeks time with zero defects and no injuries or lost days.

Manufacturers and Suppliers:
American Gypsum
United States Gypsum
Georgia Pacific
Award Metals
Murco Wall Products
Hamilton Materials
Jones Heart Drywall Supply


Mesquite, Texas
The Heart Hospital

This is not your grandmother’s hospital! From the wood laminate floors, to the floor-to-ceiling windows, to the flat screen television and computer, you know you stepped into a 21st century cardiovascular hospital.

BakerTriangle began framing on stucco soffits in April 2006 and wrapped up the final floated trowel stroke in February 2007. The architects utilized over 53,000 square feet of stucco on the hospital’s exterior walls and ceilings. 35,000 square feet are located on the hospital itself and the balance of the stucco is found on the pedestrian bridge connecting this facility to the Baylor Regional Medical Center.

The architect and builder demanded the highest quality for all interior and exterior installations. Cut limestone and glass teamed with 7/8-inch stucco veneer to create the beautiful exterior that greets every patient upon arrival. Unique are the details of stucco on the entry canopy, neither flat nor level–not a field problem–but an architectural design. The highly experienced metal lathers needed all of their mechanical skills to layout and frame this interesting entry canopy. Plasterers had to use the utmost care in applying the specified amount of cement plaster in order to have this featured canopy be pleasing to the eye.

Also, unique to this project are the furr-outs, furr-downs and architectural eyebrows of stucco that frame the window system. Using their own professional scaffold installers, BakerTriangle used all of its experience to reach areas calling for stucco that were located in small, confined spaces and many areas were more than 60 feet above finish floor. The architect specified four types of stucco applications: 1.) Suspended metal lath with 7/8 stucco and finish; 2.) Stucco soffits attached to light gauge metal framing and sheathing; 3.) Stucco and metal lath attached to waterproofed concrete masonry units; 4.) Stucco and metal lath attached to light gauge metal framing and sheathing. The suspended soffits made use of expanded, galvanized metal lath from AMICO. The metal lath fastened directly to the walls and sheathing was the Structalath product.

Materials Used:
Metal Lath: Structalath & AMICO
Metal Lath Accessories: Niles Building Products
Drips and Reveals: FryReglet
Stucco: Parex Fiber 47 & 210
Stucco Finish: Parex Acrylic Finish


Franklin Park, Ill.
Jarol Residence in Winnetka, Ill.

This project’s scope and scale of plastering is a striking reminder of the craft’s past and its relevance in today’s buildings. Designed by the world renowned Landry Design Group, this 25,000 square foot classical villa style house draws much of its aesthetic appeal from its plaster detail. Wall & ceiling construction was designed and installed in both conventional and veneer plaster systems, but undoubtedly, it is the extensive ornamental plastering that sets this project apart. Thousands of lineal feet of cornice and other molding in dozens of profiles, as well as thousands of pieces of cast ornament were installed meticulously in this 30-plus room house. The project utilized the versatility of the plaster to solve problems and produce results. The best example of this is in the home’s main foyer where a plaster elliptical dome was installed and the design limits of the planned wood millwork made its installation impossible. Working closely with the owner and designer, J.P. Phillips Inc. was able to substitute ornamental plaster for the wood. This is not only a testament to the adaptability of plaster as a product, but to the skills and ingenuity of J.P. Phillips Inc. and its highly skilled plasterers. Each of the various rooms had its own character all installed with the hands, mind and hearts of J.P. Phillips Inc. craftworkers under the direction of owners Mike Pilolla and Tim Cullinan as well as Superintendent Scott McDaniel and Master Craftsman and Job Foreman Mike Salwach. This project’s $1.2 million dollar plaster component and nearly 10,000 BAC plasterer man hours will stand as a monument of their skills for years to come.

General Contractor: G.A. Johnson
Architect: Landry Design Group
Materials used:
Plaster: USG
Bead: Niles Building Products


Englewood, Colo.

The Medical Center of the Rockies is located in Loveland, Colo., and was completed in January 2007. HLM Design Architecture and J.E. Dunn Construction made up the construction team. The project included over 320,000 square feet of acoustical ceilings, 93,000 square feet of vinyl-faced gypsum ceilings, 4,200 square feet of open grid ceilings, 30 perforated metal ceiling canopies, 2,900 lineal feet of perimeter trims and 300 square feet of metal ceilings.

All medical facilities are labor intensive due to the large amount of rooms and above-ceiling systems, but this one was even more demanding because of the quantity of work. Most of the building is made up of corridors and small rooms with standard acoustical ceilings. It was discovered after construction began that the HVAC equipment in all of the patient rooms would not fit above the acoustical ceilings. To solve the problem, 4-inch-high curved perimeter trims were added at each patient room to create a curved step in the ceiling and to provide the extra clearance needed for the HVAC equipment. The architect also designed quite a few areas of decorative and specialty ceilings to add to the overall appearance of the facility. Fourteen different ceiling systems were installed throughout the building.

Materials used:
Adams Campbell Co. Perforated Metal Ceiling Canopies
Armstrong World Industries Ceilings: Prelude, Suprafine & Silhouette Ceiling Grids; Infusion Ceiling Canopies; Axiom Perimeter Trim
USG: Gridware Open Ceiling Grid; Compasso Perimeter Trim
Barrisol: Stretch Ceiling Clouds
Suppliers: Wagner Interior Supply & Western Interior Supply


BLUE 80 Construction Co.
Lovell, Wyo.
Private Residence

With over 20,000 sq. ft. in conditioned space, this residence boasts the versatility and many of the modern practical applications of Insulating Concrete Form technology. Circle top windows, a safe room, tall walls in excess of 24 feet, radius walls, suspended concrete floors capable of withstanding pressures of a fully loaded tractor trailer, and gables with 14/12 pitch were all poured and completed in four separate pours.

A 16-car garage to the side of the four car above grade garage is hidden underground and accessed through a garage door on the lake side of the home. The roof deck of the entire underground garage is engineered with Amdeck ICFs. A portion of the garage is a clear span 30-foot suspended concrete roof. This area serves as the floor for the four car garage above. The remainder of the Amdeck bunker is supported by a red iron I-beam structure which is engineered to support a radiant snow melt paver courtyard and a fully loaded moving van.

The below-grade ICF walls were engineered to support at least 14 feet of backfill, and were supported by footings 3 feet wide by 18 inches thick. Due to the excessive forming needs for the footings, Vantage Construction was contracted for the footings.

The basement work commenced in late September of 2006. The project was slated to be completed by November but lack of preplanning the HVAC delayed continuation of the project for several months. The homeowner was insistent that no bulkheads should be dropped below the joists, which would destroy specific aesthetic flair in living areas. Large projects such as this should be designed with a floor framing system to fit around the “breathing apparatus” of the structure. Continuation of the main floor ICFs commenced in January. The final, fourth pour was completed in February.

Architect: Stephen B. Goldberg of SBG Design Inc.
Engineering services: Silver Creek Engineering Inc.
General Contractor: Crews and Sturtz
Footing Contractor: Vantage Construction
Product: Amvic ICFs