Construction of the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel and Theater located in the famous Times Square area of New York City was complicated by the constant traffic surrounding a congested site. The architect was careful to select materials with the normal concern for utility and economy, but also that would simplify delivery, loading and installation.
Drywall systems were chosen to be used throughout the hotel for their ease of installation and thus easier construction scheduling. Using drywall reduced the weight and also expedited the delivery, storage and installation of the materials on the site. Everything had to be stored on the floors
Drywall also turned out to be an economical and attractive way to create some of the complex decorative features like a ‘starburst’ ceiling design in the atrium and curved forms in a revolving restaurant at the top of the building. The Marquis Theatre, incorporated into the hotel, used a multilayered drywall system to enhance the theater’s acoustics, for both room acoustics and sound-transmission control. The light weight of drywall helped installers deal with the limitations of working with the existing structural system.
To help acoustically isolate the theater from the ballroom above, a second ceiling was installed above a decorative wood-slat treatment using a framework of metal furring channels and neoprene resilient hangers faced with two layers of 5/8-inch SHEETROCK Brand FIRECODE® “C” Gypsum Panels. All penetrations through it were carefully sealed with USG Acoustical Sealant.
To prevent the Broadway street noises from being heard inside the theater, a variation of the USG cavity shaft wall system was constructed as exterior wall furring inside of the metal-faced exterior wall of the stage house.
In the end, the construction of the luxurious hotel and theater in midtown Manhattan are a showcase to the versatility of USG drywall systems. USG systems met the challenge, reduced cost and weight and expedited construction schedules.
Bob Jones, John Portman & Assoc. Inc. Architectural Firm
Mark Holden, Jaffe Acoustics Inc. Acoustical Consultant
Innovax-East Construction Corp. General Contractor
D-A-D Construction Co. Drywall Contractor
Congested downtown area. Very little storage space inside.