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Westin Hotel

Denver, Co
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"At the Westin Hotel, Denver, CO, we finished the tower rooms from the top down, with our HEK scaffolding encircling the entire structure."
Midwest Drywall did not win the initial bid on this beautiful hotel, but we persisted. We continued to sell our company and our proven abilities in the management of intense architectural detail. Soon enough we won a contract for the hotel’s metal stud, drywall, and acoustical work. Eventually, Midwest had as many as 100 people on the job. The tower rooms were finished from the top down, with our HEK scaffolding encircling the entire structure. As Midwest crews were finishing the middle floors, the owner was moving furniture into the upper floors. The Westin opened on time.
Architects involved: Callison Architecture

Downtown Hyatt

Wichita, KS
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"We had full input to the design engineering process at the Downtown Hyatt. Our work with EIFS led to remarkable savings, to enhanced aesthetics and to a consistently excellent quality of materials."
Midwest Drywall's evolved capacity in Exterior Insulation Finish Systems (EIFS) played a major part in the economies achieved on this signature hotel project. Even as the Wichita Hyatt's foundation was being poured, we were busy building exterior panels in the shop. Just as soon as the structure's framework was complete, we installed the panels, using our own HEK scaffolding and the general contractor's crane on a swing shift. The building was almost immediately enclosed, and interior work began. Undeniably our work with EIFS leads to some remarkable savings, in time and labor alike, but also to enhanced aesthetics and to consistently excellent quality of materials (no damage from the weather). Again, our early involvement in the planning stages ‘ with full input to the design engineering process ‘ was fundamental to the economy, the fast-track scheduling, and the eventual success of the entire project.

Architects involved: Cooper Carry & Associates, Architects, Marcia Davis & Associates, Gosen Livingston Architects

Gaillardia Country Club

Oklahoma City, OK
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"We helped plan the beautiful Gaillardia Country Club, Oklahoma City, OK. We used cranes to set in place the load-bearing metal studs, trusses, and wall-sections so that the clubhouse was enclosed rapidly."

We were brought to the table early in the planning of this gorgeous structure, with heavy emphasis on our capabilities in structural installation. We used cranes to set in place the load-bearing metal studs, trusses, and wall-sections. Timing was critical. The clubhouse needed to be enclosed very quickly for the protection of the fabulous finishes.

Valmont Corp.

Omaha, NB
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"The corporate offices of Valmont Corporation, Omaha, NE required nearly 40,000 linear feet of reveal trim. Radius walls demanded high level skilled labor. -- a good example of our attention to detail on a massive scale."

Not only did this project require the highest integrity (level 5) wall and ceiling finish, there was a lot of it. Midwest brought in additional people to help facilitate on time completion and minimal punch list.

Embassy Suites

Dallas, TX
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"Embassy Suites, Dallas, TX, suffered a boiler explosion at 9:00 p.m. on a Friday night. Within the hour, we had 20 people at work while hotel guests were still being taken to other accommodations."

Here we completed the enclosure and all interior finishes on a very short schedule. The huge atrium that defines all Embassy hotels demanded that we build a deck to accommodate the framing and drywall on the ceiling and handrails. Then, two days after the hotel opened for business, a boiler explosion ripped through the structure. While hotel guests were still being ferried to neighboring accommodations, our crews were already at work. As a matter of fact, the call came at nine o’clock on a Friday night, and Midwest had 20 people at work within the hour. The hotel reopened the following Wednesday.

Architects involved: Butler, Rosenbury & Partners, Winkelmann & Associates, Inc.

Station Casino

Kansas City, MO
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"The Station Casino, Kansas City, MO, asked us to think: How to build the roof section on the ground and put it into place with a crane. How to transpose foam to look like brick and formed EIFS to resemble stone. How to create circular-radius beams out of foam."

This project asked for a great deal of everything. Everything we do: EIFS, metal studs, drywall, batt insulation, acoustical ceilings, plastering, lath and plastering, theming, even some cast products. Originally contracted for only a small part of the total project, we worked our way to a multimillion-dollar job. It asked us to think. For instance, how to build the roof section of the portechochere on the ground and then to lift it directly into place with a crane. How to transpose foam to look like brick. How to transpose formed EIFS to resemble stone. How to create circular-radius beams out of foam. All on a ten-month construction timetable.

Architects involved: Morris & Brown Architects, Devine deFlon Yaeger , Inc., Pellham Phillips Hagerman, & Peckham Guyton Albers & Viets

Adams Mark Hotel

Dallas, TX
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"When we were called upon to complete one of two towers of the Adams Mark Hotel, Dallas, TX, in direct competition with another subcontractor, we beat the competition by six weeks, with fewer than half the workers of our competitor."
In this unique conversion of an existing office building to a hotel, Midwest enjoyed an unlikely opportunity to demonstrate our proficiency in high-intensity production work. We finished one of the hotel’s towers in direct competition with another subcontractor whose crews were at work on a second tower. We’re happy to report that Midwest beat the competition by six weeks, and we did so with fewer than half the workers our competitor threw at the job. We continue to wrok directly for the hotel's company owned construction company, successfully completing four additional projects for HBE after the Adams Mark.

2100 McKinney

Dallas, TX
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A competitively bid project, this high-profile office building called for very high levels of interior finish. Midwest Drywall completed the project in 10 months of fast-track perfectionism.


Architects involved: Hellmuth, Obata, Kassabaum, Inc.

Bradley FairShopping Center

Wichita, KS
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"Since the inception of Bradley Fair, Midwest Drywall has been integrally involved in the creation of the center. Their skilled designers have worked in harmony with our architects, creating masterfully designed exteriors unique to the shopping center industry. As one of the region’s premier lifestyle shopping centers, Bradley Fair has benefited from Midwest Drywall’s expertise and standards of excellence. We selected Midwest Drywall 10 years ago for the strength of their reputation. We’ve come back to them loyally, year after year because of their performance, creativity and value engineering."  -
George Laham, President
Laham Development Company

A model for owner/architect/general contractor/subcontractor cooperation, this shopping center has grown in phases. In the first phase, Midwest won the bid in a traditional bid arrangement. After bringing fresh ideas to the table in the earliest design discussions, we’ve negotiated all our subsequent work. And we’ve found a good friend in the owner.


Architects involved: Spangenberg Phillips Architects

Aspen Highlands

Aspen, CO
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We came to this ongoing project at the invitation of the ski resort’s owner, after another subcontractor had failed to respect budgets. After we proposed and then met a budget of about $900,000 on the first condominium building, we’ve been asked to complete the remaining housing structures and the resort’s lodge, all the while managing an overall budget in excess of $105 million. Every building has opened on time, and our initial projections of capital outlay and manpower utilization have proven very accurate indeed. Outcomes as predicted.

Architects involved: Kendall/Heaton Associates, Architects

Warren Theater

Wichita, KS
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Warren Theaters assault the senses. In a 25-year relationship, we’ve helped Warren’s owners achieve the over-the-top theming that has made these theaters as spectacular in their production values as the movies on their screens. We worked closely with the owners in the development of concepts for this newest house in the chain and, frankly, we achieved some results that the owners’ designers believed impossible with sheetrock. In the domed ceiling of the entry, for example, we wet the rock before contouring its eventual shape. As with all of our involvement in design matters, we help the owner decide the look and then we determine the process necessary for delivering that look.

Architects involved: Spangenberg Phillips Architecture, Inc.

Union Station

Kansas City, MO
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Even though our bid wasn’t low, the project manager insisted that Midwest be involved in this masterful renovation of a grand old building. One reason: architectural interest is everywhere in the interior, much of its detail magnified through glass, with no tolerance for flawed finishes. Also, our scaffolding capabilities played a major role amid the old station’s towering ceilings.

Architects involved: HNTB Corporation, Ehrenkrantz & Eckstut, Keys Condon Florance Architects, Berkebile Nelson Immenschuh McDowell, CDFM2 Architecture, Inc., Mackey Mitchell Zahner Associates, Rafael Architects, Inc.

Renaissance Hotel

Oklahoma City, OK
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"Early in the planning of the Renaissance Hotel, Oklahoma City, OK, we proposed panelizing the exterior; it was the only way to meet the brutal completion schedule."
It’s probably fair to say that Midwest Drywall changed the John Q. Hammonds Company’s philosophy of hotel construction. The construction timetable on this particular structure was brutal: 16 stories enclosed in 14 months, just seven months to complete the exterior. Early in the planning we proposed panelizing the exterior. We rented an old building in downtown Oklahoma City, prefabricated the panels there, and met the deadlines head-on to celebrate this as the 1,000th franchise of Marriott International. We also have been asked if we would use the same strategy on the new Rennaissance Hotel in Tulsa.

Architects involved: Gould Evans Goodman Associates

Cowboy Hall of Fame

Oklahoma City, OK
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Our early engagement in this most recent addition to the Cowboy Hall of Fame involved a problem of translation. The Hall had hired a painter to create an image of hard-running horses that was then to be carved dimensionally into the building’s exterior. Our response: with a transverse projection of the design displayed on an auditorium wall, we sculpted the shapes. We took responsibility too for the final installation, and for the formulation of the design’s coloring. Midwest is especially proud of our long-standing relationship with the Cowboy Hall of Fame and its contractor, the sort of relationship that makes possible untried answers to unattempted design challenges.

Architects involved: Fentress Bradburn

McKinney Hospital

McKinney, TX
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We interviewed our way to this job. We were not low bidder, but we nonetheless earned the work — metal studs, drywall, exterior finish, insulation, acoustical — with our ability to mobilize a workforce in an area facing a critical shortage of workers. Midwest recruited, at the job’s peak, 150 workers for the on-time completion of this all-important community asset. The hospital’s surgery rooms were a nice challenge.

Beau Rivage

Biloxi, MS
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"Designing an exterior panel that could withstand a hurricane got a real life test when Hurricane Georges drove tree limbs into our panels and drove rain into our panels with such force and fury that entire faces were discolored. We mobilized two shifts a day, seven days a week, in the application of an elastomeric coating to the entire building."
We worked from tents on this job, fabricating exterior panels under canvas during daily Mississippi Delta rains, panels being readied for placement on the 34 stories of this Gulf Riviera showplace. All told, our work eventually extended from exterior panels to hotel rooms to the low-rise interiors of the accompanying restaurants and shops in a project that stretched across 22 months. Our initial design challenge: an exterior panel that could stand up to a hurriacane. The panels, tested in a wind tunnel and produced on-site, were all installed, in the last stages of touch-up, when Hurricane Georges decided to give our work a real-world examination. Those outrageous winds stuck tree limbs into our panels. They drove rain into our panels with enough force and fury to discolor entire faces. No problem. We mobilized two shifts a day, seven days a week, in the application of an elastomeric coating to the entire building. The Beau Rivage opened as scheduled.

Architects involved: Paul Steelman Companies

Venetian Hotel

Las Vegas, NV
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"We re-created the Italian Renaissance in the Nevada desert for the largest themed structure ever built. "

Midwest Drywall was responsible for the historically accurate theming of this massive hotel, casino, resort, and convention center replicating the look and feel of old Venice. Essentially, we re-created the Italian Renaissance in the Nevada desert for the largest themed structure ever built. We used cast products and modern construction techniques, some never before attempted. Guided by more than 3,000 photographs for precise architectural and historical reference, our craftsmen created a 105,000 square-foot sky ceiling, 121,372 square feet of interior facades, plus 30,000 square-foot in Market Hall and a campanile tower 315 feet tall with 2,500 pieces of faux marble at its base. We did it all: from preliminary budgeting to in-house art direction, from value engineering to detailed drawing substitutions, and on to skyart and installation and finish of component art. We gave gigantic new buildings the patina of age. We themed an entire cityscape down to the last weathered stone, all the while adhering to an aggressive schedule of fast-track construction.

Architects involved: TSA of Nevada, WAT&G, Inc. Nevada

Crystal Lake Manor

Denton, Texas
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Construction challenges for this design/build project included a critical time factor. Soil conditions limited the choices, for heavy systems were more than the soil could bear economically, providing even more challenge. Five levels were needed, yet code restrictions limited wood framing to just three.

The solution: Light gauge steel framing; non-combustible, capable of supporting the building's five levels, weighed substantially less than other systems, and could be fabricated and erected quickly.

Midwest Drywall was an early partner in the design process. Shop fabrication was the key to meeting the 10 month schedule. Using two four-man crews, Midwest handled panelization and on-site erection simultaneously. The steel frame was in place three weeks ahead of schedule and 60% complete in just three months. Midwest panelized steel framing provided the solution for on-time completion.