|LA Harbor College Theater|
A New Angle on Theater Renovation
The LA Harbor College Theater, built in 1962, saw its first "phase" of renovation in the early 2000's. Unfortunately, the general contractor defaulted and was removed from the project midway through the process and the building sat partially demolished and dormant for a few years. IBI Group and Pankow Builders were contracted to deliver a completed renovation through a design-build agreement. The project entailed a number of challenging factors in rehabilitating the space: functional design for a "double-duty" performance and meeting space, acoustical treatment, and aesthetics that tied in with the existing shell. These factors and the method of delivery required the manufacturers to sign up for tight schedule coordination, while offering their technical skill and a willingness to roll up their sleeves and drive the details.
|Pierce College - Performing Arts Center|
Cross Sections of Complexity
Walk into the lobby at the new Pierce College Theater and your eyes are drawn to the one-of-a-kind contoured wood ceiling. The uniquely-curved White Maple linear box beams create the feel of walking underneath hollowed-out hills. Such a one-of-a-kind, flowing ceiling was only made possible through the modelling, management, and execution of a design that had a "complexity per SF" rivaling anything previously attempted by 9Wood. It stands out as something special: part art installation, part wood ceiling at the highest technical level.
|UCLA Hitch Suites Renovation|
Geometric Tree House
Approaching the UCLA Hitch Commons building, the folded exterior ceiling with stained Douglas Fir linears invites one into the space within. The ceiling's natural tones and grain add warmth to the angular design, and elegantly tie in the natural surroundings. At first glance, the linear planks appear fairly ordinary, which is the intent. Upon inspection of the shop drawings however, the dimensions and details of the planks and end-joints reveal tight execution. The consistency of the installed ceiling was made possible by significant coordination and modelling. It was simplicity achieved through complexity.
|Abacus Wealth Partners|
Abacus Wealth Partners
Zen Design and Kentucky Barns
When NBBJ Architects began work on the Abacus Wealth Partners office, themes of nature, Zen and healing were at the forefront. The architect reflected, "We wanted to create a space of nature, light, and serenity through materiality and form." To help achieve the design intent, NBBJ worked with 9Wood to fabricate one-of-a-kind ceiling grilles. The challenge for this boutique project: turn reclaimed White Oak rafter beams from a 19th century Kentucky barn into a one-of-a-kind suspended ceiling.
|Colonel Nesmith Readiness Center|
The Colonel Nesmith Readiness Center
When Thomas Hacker Architecture (THA) was commissioned to design the Colonel Nesmith Readiness Center in Dallas, Oregon, they considered it a high honor. Derek deVille, the lead architect, informed 9Wood that "it was a real honor to work for the Oregon National Guard. The Guard is unique in how they serve the community, state, and country as a whole."
Generations in the Making
|Newport Beach Civic Center|
Newport Beach Civic Center
Custom Engineering at Every Level
This ceiling design tested the experience of both the installer, Preferred Ceilings, and 9Wood. Two standard wood products were specified: 70,000 square feet of linear wood ceiling panels and 5,400 square feet of wood microperf wall and ceiling panels. But this is where "standard" ended.
|UCLA Sproul Complex|
UCLA Sproul Complex
Advanced Coordination Performs in the Field
When presented with a highly detailed, articulating ceiling geometry for the new LEED Gold Sproul Complex at UCLA, 9Wood's in-house drafting department considered it a worthy challenge. With over 13,000 square feet of custom-stained FSC-certified Western Hemlock grilles intersecting at several different angles, advanced coordination was the key to providing the South Coast Acoustical Interiors with an engineered-to-order solution.
|ASU - ISTB Lab|
An Innovative Angle on Wood
Complex dimensioning, angles and heights come together with precision.
Enter the five-story atrium of the university's newest science and technology building, look up, and wonder. How did these angular, integrated walls and ceilings come to be?
|California State Lottery Building|
Sounds like a Winner
The architectural vocabulary for a new state lottery headquarters building is all about angles. Angles on the exterior. Angles in the shape of the rooms. Angles overhead.
|Li Ka-Shing Center for Biomedical and Health Sciences|
Complex Ceiling to Complement the Complex Science Below
The University of California at Berkeley Li Ka-Shing Biomedical Center's mission is to generate significant scientific advances in biomedical, health teaching and research. Its modern exterior of glass, concrete and steel connotes the height of technology while its interior of warm Douglas-fir speaks of nature and healing. Like the cutting-edge science that will inhabit this space, the interiors of this project were extremely complex and required a level of unprecedented detail and coordination — so much so that, according to Pinnacle Distributon's Jim Ratzlaff, "Pound for pound this was the most difficult project I've ever been involved with."
Rich Past, Bright Future
Travelers through Sacramento International Airport got a fresh terminal to greet them in 2011. The new space, part of a $1.03 billion renovation, updates the infrastructure of the hard-working airport with some architectural pizazz, accented by specialty ceilings.
A Healing Environment
During its more than hundred-year history, the Baylor University Medical Center has grown from a 25-bed clinic to a nationally-recognized hospital that treats thousands of patients. The recent modernization of the facility complemented the existing university campus, harmonized modern healing techniques with natural materials and achieved LEED Gold certification. A highlight of the project was a 10-floor curved walkway.
|CBC Radio Canada|
CBC Radio Canada
In 1928, the Canadian federal government established a royal commission to advise on the future of broadcasting in Canada. That commission recommended the creation of a nationally-owned company to operate a coast-to-coast broadcast system. The Canadian Radio Broadcasting Commission (CRBC) was created in 1932 to meet that recommendation.
ESRI is a world leader in GIS (geographic information system) software. It was founded in 1969 as Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. and is headquartered in a multi-campus corporate setting in Redlands, California.
|Paccar Hall, University of Washington Foster School of Business|
Fostering Community: Building Collaboratively
Situated in the heart of the University of Washington's gothic campus, the brand new 132,000 square-foot Foster School of Business Paccar Hall sits next to the UW's oldest building. Ten years in the planning process with another two years of construction, the $95M, privately-funded facility is the crown jewel of the business school and a gathering place for students, faculty and visitors. Emphasizing the building's focus on “interconnectedness," the heavily-glazed five-story building includes terraces overlooking the quad, a café, a 250-seat auditorium, administrative offices and dozens of classrooms. The interior prominently features FSC-certified vertical grain Douglas Fir linear wood panels in the four-story atrium. Many challenges from design through installation were overcome in order to furnish the matching wood ceiling and wall panels.
|Soka University Performing Arts Center|
Performing Arts: Art in Execution
Performing arts centers present a unique challenge to ceiling design — and wood ceiling design in particular — because of the strong emphasis on acoustics. The desire to emphasize the natural beauty of wood must be reconciled with the need for excellent acoustic performance. Further complicating matters is the changing acoustic needs of the space. Most performing arts centers host a wide variety of events. The center must meet the acoustic requirements of performances ranging from rock concerts, to ballets, to speeches.
Flexible Grilles: Flexible Manufacturer
A tight schedule is perhaps the most challenging design environment. The margin for error is significantly reduced as mistakes or poor initial designs lead to costly schedule overruns. Coordination between the key players becomes paramount. The atrium at 800 Yates Street, a 10,000 square-foot wood wave wall grille, is a perfect example of a successful design under an extremely demanding schedule.
|UCSF Cardiovascular Research Building, Mission Bay|
Integration and Interaction: The DNA of Future Building
Located in the redeveloped Mission Bay district of San Francisco, the new Cardiovascular Research Institute (CVRI) at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is a stunning project with “integration" and “interaction" in its design and construction DNA. The themes are woven into the building's layout with its open network of labs, conferences spaces, and offices for 500 researchers.
Reclaimed Wood: Urban Renewal
The Center for Urban Waters in Tacoma, Washington was designed not only as a center for environmental research, but as a leading example of the green building revolution. The 51,205 square-foot facility, built next to the historic but environmentally troubled Thea Foss Waterway, is a story of redemption. The building is the new home for the city's Environmental Services Division labs and offices, as well as research labs for the University of Washington Tacoma, and an office for the Puget Sound Partnership.
|Providence Medical Center - North Pavilion|
The Clean-Lined Ceilings Seemed East to Install, But 1/4" Reveals and More Tell A Story of Complexity
The North Pavilion is part of the Providence Portland Medical Center, Portland, OR. The structure houses state-of-the art, comprehensive facilities devoted to cancer treatment. It's a 490,000-square-foot, 11-story tower with 250 patient beds and 21 operating rooms.
Ceilings at the Indian Wells Golf Resort Club House Call for Special Design Treatment and Construction
The clubhouse at the Indian Wells Golf Resort — new and bold — is the centerpiece of the City of Indian Wells, CA. The 53,000 square-foot building has a grand lobby, upscale dining rooms, a golf shop, bars and grills and access to the only 36-hole facility in California with both courses ranked in the Top 20 "Best Courses You Can Play" by Golfweek.
|Truman Forum Auditorium|
Sycamore Sound Solution
A New Kansas City Auditorium Benefits from an Acoustically Efficient Cube Ceiling
In 1955, Harry S. Truman created the first Presidential Library to establish a place where all people could access and research papers, books, and historical materials that related to the former President. Located in the President's hometown of Independence, MO, and constructed under the Presidential Libraries Act, the Harry S. Truman Library is one of twelve Presidential libraries operated by the federal government.
|Denver Children's Hospital|
The Children's Hospital, Denver
The test of this ceiling revolved around aligning the "star". This was the point where wood, fiberglass and metal elements intersected across one integrated ceiling geometry. "It was extraordinarily successful — in the end," recalls Kip Storey, lead design architect for Zimmer Gunsul Frasca on Denver's new Children's Hospital.
|San Francisco Federal Office Building|
GSA San Francisco Federal Office Building
Two conversations bracket the story of the wood ceiling installation at the GSA Federal Office Building in San Francisco. In 2001 Tim Christ, of the architectural firm Morphosis called an acquaintance at 9Wood to ask if perforated wood ceiling panels could be facetted. In 2006 Thom Mayne, founder of Morphosis, cheered the 9Wood/PCI installation team for having executed his facetted wood ceiling panel design. "I looked for misalignment at the perforations as they folded across a facet. They were freaking perfect!" he exclaimed. Between this foothill and peak the project team faced an exacting trek traversing design, manufacturing and installation challenges.
|Clover Park Technical College|
Clover Park Technical College
Clover Park Technical College, located in Lakewood, Washington has for years been a vital part of its community. The new 48,000 SF Student Center is the fruit of a vision to expand and shift the old military base campus westward. Western Red Cedar was incorporated in the ceiling Grilles and proved to be a critical design element.
|Lorry I. Lokey Stem Cell Research Building (SIM1)|
Special Conditions: Special Design
Working with unusual materials always presents a challenge for manufacturers – especially when the product is a wood ceiling with complex geometry. This project, a medical research building at Stanford University, incorporated bamboo veneer and a highly custom fabric wrap in a complex 8,000 square-foot wall and ceiling system. To further add to the challenge of the project, a design change after the ceiling had already shipped required about half the project to be shipped back to the factory and remade, all on a tight schedule. The end result is a striking linear wall and ceiling, created using sustainable materials.
|OHSU Health and Healing|
Oregon Health Sciences University Health & Healing Center
"Green is the new red, white and blue."
|Portola Valley Town Center|
The Rewards of Reclaimation
The Portola Valley Town Center Boasts Ceilings Built of Wood Taken From Structures Previously On Site
Portola Valley, CA, has a proud heritage of preserving the environment. Its Architectural & Site Control Commission (ASCC) urges developers to build earthfriendly, sustainable structures and has a checklist of 75 "green" criteria for them to meet. The town has more natural pathways than it does roads — 37 miles of trails versus 34 miles of paved roadway. "We want development to conform to the general principles of sustainable design set by our community," says George Comstock, a Portola Valley resident and a former mayor, councilman and ASCC member. "Our philosophy is to maintain the environment."
|St Thomas School|
Triumph at St. Thomas School
Wood Ceilings in a Washington School Provide Lessons on Sound Control and What It Means to Be Green
As green building increasingly becomes the norm, the idea of being green is changing.What began as a way to build more efficiently is now also a mindset. Sustainability is not just about construction. It's about one's lifestyle, values and overall well-being.
Washington Hospital Healthcare System Imaging Wing
"Many diagnostic services produce a lot of anxiety in patients," wrote Tiffany Rowe, Senior Director of Strategic Management for the Washington Hospital Healthcare System. "We believe the environment of care can play an important role in easing patient's minds — thus we worked very hard to develop a Center where women could access services in a warm, inviting and comfortable setting. The 9Wood ceiling is truly the centerpiece of that effort and perfectly complements the nature-inspired color choices in the wall coverings, fabrics and other materials used in the project. We love it! Although I am not qualified to offer an opinion on the structural qualities of the work I can tell you that aesthetically, it is incredible!!"