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Navy Great Lakes Barracks Recruit Training Command Project Profile

In a mammoth effort to create the most efficient, centralized basic training experience, the United States Navy elected to build seven new barracks—complete with living, dining, training and classroom facilities throughout—at its Great Lakes facility north of Chicago. That meant installing 700,000 lineal feet of suspended drywall ceilings and 1.5 million sq. ft. of gypsum wallboard. And, like the Navy, construction teams needed to work efficiently and professionally.

To take on the multi-year project, contractors combined the high-strength and quickly installing USG™ Drywall Suspension System with SHEETROCK® Brand Gypsum Panels to ensure the straightest lines, flattest ceilings and most seamless joints. The pre-engineered system dramatically reduces the time spent measuring, bending, cutting and connecting components, resulting in a faster, less expensive way to install drywall ceilings.

In three days, crews hung each of the 42 separate 21,000 sq. ft. ceilings. 

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people involved

USG Interiors Inc., Design Firm

Era Valdivia Contractors Inc., Contractor

project scope

7 barracks

700,000 linear feet of drywall ceilings

1.5 million sq. ft. of wallboard

special factors

Replace buildings constructed from 1940s through 1960s. Increased focus on efficiency and cost-savings.

project cost