Have You Tried This For Your Radius Walls?
Pat Grotlisch and Thad Goodman
At National Gypsum, customer requests can catapult product innovation. In this case, global design firm CannonDesign was working on the University of California Jacobs Medical Center, the largest hospital project in southern California. When completed in 2016, this 10-story, 509,500-foot structure will include three specialized hospitals in one complex.
The challenge: there are a series of radius walls throughout the complex. To create these walls would usually entail an expensive, time-consuming process to fold, score, kerf and then plaster for the desired result.
To solve this massive challenge, the gypsum board subcontractor, The Raymond Group, contacted National Gypsum Company to develop a new radius wall system that could stay within their budget and construction schedule constraints. This system had to be a fire-rated assembly that would perform well given the design complexity of the project. But there was one problem: the optimum gypsum board did not yet exist. So our team worked efficiently to develop and test what would provide a good solution for them. Specifically engineered for radius applications requiring a fire rating, Gold Bond® brand 5/16” XP® Fire-Rated Gypsum Board is ideal to construct double-layered, fire-rated wall assemblies.
According to Thad Goodman, construction design manager for the Central/Midwest region, “Innovation and product ideas most often come to the industry from the lab or the board room. Our ability to respond to a job specific or contractor request speaks to the company’s commitment to putting our customers and their needs first.” And Pat Grotlisch, construction design manager for the West region, adds, “Developing the 5/16” XP Fire-Rated gypsum board for the Jacobs Medical Center is an excellent example of the flexibility and speed that National Gypsum Company enjoys because of NGC Testing Services. It is one of the most sophisticated and unique fully accredited acoustical, fire, structural and analytical testing facilities in the U.S. The team at National Gypsum Company was able to create, test and achieve a UL fire-rated assembly in a fraction of the time it would have taken without the resources of the test lab.”
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