Lewis & Clark College
In designing the vision for the 2011 remodel project at Hatheway Hall theater at Lewis & Clark College, the project architect (AAIC, Inc.) determined one of the major visual elements of the existing 49 year old building was its free-flowing various geometric shapes on the existing roof and interior space. Seeking to replicate these shapes, the design firm turned to Armstrong World Industries and Ceiling Supply, Inc. The curved metal ceiling Serpentina Waves was decided to best replicate the undulating design and to allow for an updated, modern feel to the theater. Additionally, since a major portion of the Hatheway Hall remodel involved the university auditorium, acoustics were critical. Further compounding the problem was the fact that the seats in the almost 1000 person auditorium were to be kept in place while the remodeling took place.
Fortunately for the acoustical contractor, Von Alst Operating LLC, Armstrong and Ceiling Supply were there every step of the way. The ceiling systems unique framing and suspension method allowed for half of the hanger wires normally used on similar projects while also eliminating unsightly wires at the perimeter of the ceiling cloud. From the beginning of installation, Armstrong and Ceiling Supply representatives were on hand to make the installers more comfortable with the system and answer any technical questions. This proved to be extremely beneficial to all parties involved as the ceilings were a key element of the design aesthetics and needed to be finished on time and within budget. When complete the owner and architect were extremely pleased with the finished results of the Serpentina ceiling. The construction community took note as well. The project took second place for all construction projects across the country in the CISCA (Ceiling & Interior Systems Construction Association) awards for 2011.