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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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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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New FELTWorks™ Blades from Armstrong redefine ceiling plane with soft visual that quiets interior spaces

Armstrong Ceiling & Wall Solutions announces new FELTWorks™ Blades, which enable architects and designers to redefine the ceiling plane with a soft, linear visual that adds quiet and warmth to interior spaces. Made from up to 50 percent post-consumer recycled PET fibers, panels absorb up to 70 percent of the sound that strikes them, states the company.

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Armstrong® Lyra® PB Direct-Apply and InvisAcoustics™ ceiling and wall panels can now be installed with ceiling adhesive

The most common complaint of occupants in open or exposed structure design is noise. Armstrong Ceiling & Wall Solutions says smooth textured Lyra PB Direct-Apply and InvisAcoustics panels both offer architects, designers, and owners a cost effective way to reduce unwanted sound in exposed structure spaces, including both new construction and retrofit applications. 

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New PLAZA Large-Format Acoustic Panels launched by Hunter Douglas Ceiling & Wall Products, exclusively from CertainTeed

The latest addition to a line of metal ceilings from Hunter Douglas Ceiling & Wall Products, the company says PLAZA allows designers and installers to go big, go flat, go quiet and go easy. “Installers are always looking for products that make their jobs more efficient, while providing design stakeholders with visually appealing options,” explained Steven Udolph, national sales manager, Hunter Douglas Ceiling & Wall Products. “PLAZA delivers the metal look designers want, and is easy and efficient for contractors to install.”

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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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Architects design pavilion with red petal facade. Overlapping shingles are composed of Alucobond Spectra Red tiles featuring a Lumiflon FEVE fluoropolymer resin topcoat. Photo credit: Keith Panel Systems

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