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KHS&S Wins Two Walter F. Pruter Awards

KHS&S has won two Walter F. Pruter awards from the Western Wall & Ceiling Contractors Association (WWCCA) recognizing excellence in workmanship for the wall and ceiling industry.

The two award winning projects are the UCLA Film Archive and Preservation Center (Interior Institutional - Schools) in Santa Clarita, CA and Universal 172 (Despicable Me) (Themework) in Universal City, CA


The UCLA Film Archive and Preservation Center is a $150 million multimedia preservation and restoration facility funded by the Packard Humanities Institute. The archive preservation center will feature a laboratory, storage for film and audio media, gallery exhibit space, a small theater for educational events, and a larger theater for screenings for the public. Work at the facility will include restoring, preserving and digitizing large collections of film, television and audio media owned by both the Packard Institute and the UCLA archive.

This project focused primarily on the finishes and the extremely technical framing conditions. The interior
design is inspired from the Florentine monastery of San Marco and uses Mediterranean styling throughout with terracotta roof tiles, light-colored Italian limestone columns and walls, terracotta floors and plaster walls. To create the unique plaster finished KHS&S utilized rare raw materials that was literally created offsite in a barn, and was able to create a one of a kind finish throughout the entire project.

KHS&S Contractors completed the following scopes of work on the Film Archive:

  • Interior Framing, Plywood and Drywall
  • Exterior Framing
  • Interior Plaster
  • Acoustical Plaster
  • Paint of Acoustical Plaster

Universal 172 (Despicable Me)

Remodel work is not an uncommon occurrence in construction, however, for the same contractor to remodel a project they completed nearly 20 years ago is pretty rare. But that was exactly what KHS&S was asked to do on the Universal Project 172 at Universal Studios Hollywood. Universal Project 172 was a thematic “tenant improvement” converting an existing ride, T2 3-D: Battle Across Time, into a new venue based off the Universal movie, Despicable Me. The all new themed facades included creating a neighborhood streetscape with replicas of Gru’s House, Miss Hattie’s Home for Girls and Gru’s Lab Café; all popular scenes in the Despicable Me movies.

KHS&S Contractors completed the following scopes of work on Universal 172:

  • Interior Framing and Drywall
  • Tape and Finish
  • Monokote
  • EIFS
  • Plaster
  • FRP
  • Division 10 Items

WWCCA is the oldest, most powerful and meaningful active Wall & Ceiling Association in the west. We have been a functioning entity for more than 100 years. WWCCA is a non-profit organization representing over 85 subcontractors and 100 affiliates who have joined to promote the installation of quality.