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Acoustical Ceilings, Acoustical Wall Panels, Drywall, Gypsum Board, Raised Access Flooring

The University of MemphisSpeech and Hearing Center

200,000 sq ft, 4 story educational building used for the Loewenberg School of Nursing, School of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Memphis Speech and Hearing Center and a future Autism center.  Completed in 2015 for Hoar Construction. Overall project size was approximately $60 million and one of the largest project to date undertaken by this owner, the TN Board of Regents.


$1.12 million contract for A&S that included the installation of 157,000 sq ft  of acoustical ceilings, 1,858 acoustical wall panels installed, 18,750 sq ft of raised access computer flooring installed and one custom “MoZ” metal feature wall.


Acoustical ceilings included 3,900 lineal feet of custom fabricated flexible wall molding to accommodate significant amount of radius ceiling conditions and the design team’s desire to have stepped wall molding throughout the project, 760 lineal feet of specialty aluminum trim for custom fabricated ceiling pods, a 920 sq ft custom fabricated Armstrong “MetalWorks Vector” ceiling pod with unique penetration to accommodate pendent lighting that penetrates the seismically compliant assembly and strict adherence to seismic category D’s requirements for the ceiling assemblies throughout.


Raised flooring consists 18,750 sq ft of Tate ConCore 1250 with floor finishes including “PosiTile” snap in carpet panels, a custom Johnsonite linoleum finish and color, and Formica high pressure laminate.  Raised flooring included the engineering and design of the floor understructure to adhere to strict local seismic requirements.


This project was a Prevailing Wage rate project with higher than market wage rates coupled with difficult schedule constraints.  Our team worked overtime and extended hours for the majority of the project to improve critical path completion timelines.