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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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Gypsum Association launches new website

According to the Gypsum Association, efficiently and effectively providing technical expertise on gypsum panel products is the objective of the new redesign. Responding to technical questions about gypsum panels and systems is among the Association’s core competencies. The redesign includes more robust search functionality, new content, and is optimized for mobile devices. Downloading and page loading times are decreased markedly compared to the former site.

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New ACOUSTIBuilt™ Seamless Ceilings from Armstrong

ACOUSTIBuilt panels offer a smooth, non-directional, monolithic visual for the seamless appearance of a drywall ceiling but also effective acoustical performance in a space. The new ceiling is part of the Armstrong® Total Acoustics® portfolio, offering the combination of sound absorption and sound blocking in one panel. The company says the installed system achieves a Noise Reduction Coefficient (NRC) of up to 0.70, indicating it absorbs up to 70% of the sound that strikes it, and also has an extremely high Ceiling Attenuation Class (CAC) up to 48, indicating its ability to ensure speech privacy by preventing sound from entering adjacent spaces.

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Ecophon Solo Baffles and Clouds from CertainTeed unleash creative freedom for designers working on open spaces

CertainTeed recently launched an expanded line of baffles and a simplified line of clouds to address specifiers’ design and acoustic challenges with large open plenum spaces. In order to provide architects and designers with more design freedom and flexibility, CertainTeed has added two new shapes to its existing line of Ecophon Solo rectangular baffles: Wave and Zig Zag. The undulating waves and cutting-edge zig zag patterns provide a unique and dynamic visual for contemporary spaces.

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CertainTeed purchases Norton Industries’ wood ceilings business

“The acquisition of Norton Industries’ wood ceilings business demonstrates our continued commitment to invest in the growth of our ceilings business,” said Carmen Bodden, Vice President and General Manager of CertainTeed Ceilings. “Over the past 52 years, Norton has earned the trust of its customers and is well respected in the ceilings industry. We have a high level of confidence in the Norton team and want to preserve its entrepreneurial culture and close customer relationships. We are ‘looking forward to looking up,’ as they say at Norton.”

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L&W Supply acquires Delta Gypsum

Delta Gypsum specializes in drywall products, metal studs, ceiling products and insulation. They have six locations in North Carolina and one branch in eastern Tennessee, under the name Appalachian Gypsum.

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Solarban 90 Solar Control Low-E Glass Solarban 90 glass combines industry-leading solar control performance with a true neutral-reflective clear-glass aesthetic. United with clear glass in a standard 1-inch IGU, Solarban 90 glass has a solar heat gain coefficient of 0.23, visible light transmittance of 51 percent and an LSG ratio of 2.22. Solarban 90 glass facilitates the use of smaller HVAC systems to reduce initial capital expenditures and long-term cooling costs. It also enables architects to design buildings with larger expanses of glass to promote daylighting, diminish the need for artificial lighting and connect building occupants to the outdoors. Mountain views, energy efficiency highlight new Ent Center at UC Colorado Springs. Photography by Tom Kessler

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