Ceiling Systems

University of Central Missouri Elliott Student Union, Warrensburg, Mo.

Enhancing the ‘Campus Living Room’

KWK Architects, partnering with CannonDesign, has completed a 15- to 20-year renovation masterplan for the University of Central Missouri’s Elliott Student Union, a 165,000-sq.-ft. social hub affectionately known as the “campus living room.” Most recently, kwk completed design and construction administration for implementing Phase 1 of the masterplan, which included a redesigned, modern main entrance and a new 280-seat multi-purpose auditorium addition. The total construction cost of Phase I was approximately $7 million. The new entrance was completed in fall 2019, while the new auditorium was completed in spring 2020.The planning team worked closely with university leaders


Natural Look

Custom ceiling solutions were installed in the lobby and services areas of the Minnehaha Academy Upper School. The installation focused on space and ambiance, with an emphasis on bringing nature into the buildings. A grille, made of hemlock wood, features an acoustical backer, which helps to control the sound in the main entrance.

Lisle Elementary School, Lisle, Ill.

Not Quite Natural

At Lisle Elementary School in the Chicago suburbs, an immediately striking feature is the sprawling wood-look plank ceiling that greets students outside in the canopies at the school’s south and east entrances. The natural aesthetic of wood continues into the school’s corridors,where the design team from Perkins + Will specified CertainTeed perforated ceiling panels in Rift Cut White Oak veneer for their natural look and acoustic qualities. From a distance, the ceiling is unmistakably wood. In reality, it’s metal with a wood-look finish from the Box series by Hunter Douglas Ceilings & Walls from CertainTeed. Thanks to a unique metal construction, of 92% recycled materia


I’m Yellin’ Timber

A beautiful and high-performance modified timber, the LIGNIA Fire is sourced from FSC-certified softwoods. Together with the manufacturer’s modification process, fire meets the flame spread requirements for Class A fire-rated buildings. Flame-retardant properties are locked in at the molecular level through the modification process and there is no need for surface coating or after-market applications of fire-retardants. The product can be glued and painted as well as screwed and nailed in the same way as other timber.Judge’s Comment: “Finding a product that offers both fire and weather-resistance has not been an option, regardless of products making those claims. Finding a


Angled Acoustics

Architects and designers can deliver playful acoustic installations in a variety of shapes, angles, layers, colors and sizes with SoundScapes Shapes Acoustical Clouds. Ideal for exposed ceiling structures that need spot acoustical solutions, it provides up to 1.18 Sabins per sq. ft. of acoustical performance. With the introduction of 60-degree triangles, 90-degree panel options, trapezoids and parallelograms, 13 standard shapes and 14 colors are offered for maximum flexibility. Custom shapes, sizes and colors are also available. Shapes contain more than 50% recycled content.Judge’s Comment: “Very innovative shapes, and relieved of the confinement of the grid.”


Open Office Spaces Optimize Acoustics

Cybersecurity and identity management software company, SailPoint Technologies, recently moved into its new Northwest Austin offices. The location spans four floors and 65,000 sq. ft. within the 165,000-sq.-ft. building. In need of more space to accommodate its rapid growth, SailPoint’s new workspace nearly doubled the company’s previous Austin office space, which had been spread out across two buildings. According to the Austin Business Journal, the Austin-based staff expanded from 124 people in 2017 to nearly 500 in 2019, representing half of its global employees.Using sound-absorbing materials to optimize acoustics in an open office can benefit associates by accommodating both

Charles Library at Temple University, Philadelphia, Pa.

Warm, Inviting Look of Wood Draws Students to University Library

The new Charles Library at Temple University serves as a central point of intersection between students, faculty, staff and the surrounding community. “An early goal of the library design was for it to be an organizing element and a way to pull students to the library from multiple parts of the campus,” says Chad Carpenter, project manager, Snohetta. “The goal was also for the physical space of the library to be a collector and a warm, comforting place that everybody would understand as the center of campus.” Between the exterior and interior ceiling and wall applications, over 50,000 sq. ft. of western red cedar panels were installed. Western red cedar was chosen bec


Stop Sound Movement

With today’s open office floor plans, the need for quiet in enclosed spaces is greater than ever. Armstrong’s Calla PrivAssure ceiling panels absorb 75 to 80% of the sound that strikes them. With a CAC of 45 to 50, they act as a sound barrier between spaces. With a drywall-like visual, the panels are ideal for hospitals, doctor offices, human resources spaces or where legal and financial discussions take place. 


New Angle on Acoustics

DESIGNFlex for Formations Acoustical Clouds allow designers to incorporate acoustical control with desired aesthetics into their ceiling design. Available in nine standard patterns and 18 easy-to-order installation kits that create unique geometric cloud visuals, it is available in Armstrong’s popular Calla, Lyra PB, Ultima and Optima panels in a variety of geometric shapes and sizes. Panels absorb sound from both the front and the back to help reduce noise. 

CoolToday Park Sarasota, Fla.

Ceiling Solutions a Home Run at Atlanta Braves Spring Training Complex

The new North Port location in Sarasota County gives the team a 30-year lease on a purpose-built facility that mimics its home at Georgia’s SunTrust Park. Built on 80 acres of previously vacant land, the new complex was designed by Fawley Bryant Architects (FBA) to create a state-of-the-art, comfortable and fun environment for players, fans and year-round events.The $140 million complex, named CoolToday Park, centers around a 6,200-seat stadium and a three-story, 55,000-sq.-ft. clubhouse with an athletic training facility and executive offices.  In addition to Spring Training, the complex is envisioned to become the heart of a planned “town center” commercial and resid