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Salina Central High School improves aesthetics and acoustics with Rockfon ceilings

Blending new construction with renovated areas, Rockfon ceiling systems helped improve acoustics throughout the 60,000-square-foot high school. Salina Central High School in Kansas celebrated the completion of its expansion and renovation project in March 2018. Originally constructed in 1952, the facility had not received many improvements through the decades. Maintaining the school’s sense of history, DLR Group and Jones Gillam Renz Architects designed an updated and larger facility to provide more space and modern features.

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Acoustic Engineering chooses Rockfon ceiling systems

The new 9,000-square-foot office in Mississauga, Ontario, transformed a former warehouse space that is attached to a larger multi-tenant office building. The challenge was to leverage the dynamics of collaborative office space—with glass walls and doors to maintain visual connection to the day-lit open areas—yet create sound privacy and acoustic comfort in enclosed meeting rooms and other areas. Rockfon stone wool ceiling panels, which harness the natural power of stone to enrich modern living, were part of the design that helped achieve Aercoustics’ goals.

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Washington’s Sammamish High School features Rockfon ceiling systems

Sammamish High School’s new campus replaces an existing one-story facility with a three-story, state-of-the-art educational facility spanning 320,000 square feet and serving nearly 1,000 students in grades 9-12. Designed by Integrus Architecture, Sammamish is the last of Washington state’s Bellevue School District’s high schools to be modernized. According to Jack McLeod, director of facilities and operations for the school district, “Sammamish will be the crown jewel.”

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Better Together: A Global Gateway to Acoustical Design

Stepping off a plane and into the new Calgary International Airport (YYC) is a transformative experience. Natural materials, including wood, metal and stone channel the essence of the surrounding region, while expansive windows show off views of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Designers from around Canada worked for several years to cultivate a design that blended aesthetic beauty with functionality and sustainability.

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The International Spy Museum blends acoustics and color to capture a better experience

Every inch of Washington, D.C.-based International Spy Museum was designed and constructed to capture the essence of espionage, secrecy and intrigue. Designed by London-based lead architect Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners in collaboration with Hickok Cole of Washington, D.C., the 140,000-square-foot building quickly has become recognizable for its distinct and dynamic identity. Rockfon products help contribute to the intensive, quiet and focused feeling that permeates the space.

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Rockfon metal ceilings create a collaborative learning environment for Wichita Public Library

Wichita’s Advanced Learning Library (ALL) in Kansas is the city’s newest and largest public library, replacing the old downtown branch. According to Rockfon’s Optimized Acoustics™ design approach, the first step to optimal acoustics in any space is to assess the amount of sound absorption needed from the ceiling based on the likelihood of noise and the sensitivity of the occupants’ activities to noise. “In a modern public library, there can be high noise levels at the same time that many people need to concentrate,” continued Madaras. “In the case of the ALL, the ceilings had to provide the best level of sound absorption as possible, an NRC of 0.90 or higher.”

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Optimized Acoustics in collaborative office spaces

For its Ontario headquarters, Plexxis contracted Sesco Design Build Inc. “to provide a full turn-key service – design, permits, buildout, etc. All design was done in-house,” said Sesco Group’s project manager Domenic DeFrancesco, HBA. Sesco Design Build’s project scope included responsibility for all of the ceiling design, layout and specification. DeFrancesco noted, “All of the ceiling systems were specified by Sesco with the assistance of Ryan (Hillier-Spurr at Arrlin Acoustic Supply Inc.) and Rockfon.”

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Kirei rethinks the modern ceiling baffle with launch of new AVIO Collection

“This launch maintains the focus, beauty and energy the Kirei brand has built its reputation on, while giving designers something new and interesting when choosing an acoustic interior design product,” said John Stein, CEO of Kirei. “The AVIO ceiling baffles add beauty to open spaces, while doubling from a functional perspective as a sound absorbing system.” 

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Wind-resistant Tectum® IIIW Roof Deck Panels from Armstrong now Miami-Dade NOA Approved

Tectum IIIW Roof Deck panels are comprised of a 1-1/2″ or thicker Tectum substrate, 3-to-8-inch thick extruded polystyrene (XPS) insulation, and 19/32″ plywood sheathing with a slip-resistant surface. Components are bonded with code-listed structural adhesives. The Tectum substrate is composed of rapidly renewable and FSC-certified aspen wood fiber and contributes to LEED® V4 criteria.  

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International Living Future Institute honors Armstrong Ceiling & Wall Solutions with Manufacturer Visionary Award

Anita Snader, Environmental Sustainability Manager, Armstrong World Industries, accepted the award on behalf of Armstrong. “We appreciate ILFI’s recognition of our commitment to transparency and to creating better spaces with the products in our Sustain® portfolio,” says Snader. “Our collaboration with ILFI to reach our common goals has been valuable to all of our stakeholders.”

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Francis Cauffman Architects helps repurpose supermarket into Virtua Samson Cancer Center in Moorestown, N.J.

Virtua Health selected a former supermarket for the location of the Virtua Samson Cancer Center, tasking FCA with repurposing and revitalizing the space, transforming it into an inspiring, patient-first facility. Sitting directly across from Virtua’s Health and Wellness Center, the 66,000-square-foot space was reimagined to promote a sense of hope, serenity, and healing, with high ceilings, windows that let in natural light, and vibrant artwork featuring scenes found in nature.

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Five ceiling trends to consider for your next project

Robert Marshall, Senior Technical Manager, CertainTeed Ceilings, discusses the top trends in ceilings, from color, shapes and materials to sustainable ceiling products which support wellness and offer acoustic control. “Whether you are motivated by biophilic design to integrate natural looks into your project, working to enhance the wellbeing of a space’s occupants or simply looking to make a bold design statement, there’s a ceiling trend to inspire. Influenced by larger trends in commercial design, ceilings play an integral role in achieving the overall design vision of any space. As we rapidly approach 2020, here’s a look at some key trends driving commercial ceilings.

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