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30 October 2017

Solar Spectrum enhances acoustics and aesthetics with Rockfon ceilings

Rockfon acoustic ceiling systems support solar panel company’s sustainable practices, employee comfort and productivity

Contributing to Solar Spectrum’s contemporary, open office design, Rockfon innovative stone wool ceiling products help enrich this modern workplace with a good acoustic experience that promotes natural solutions, sustainability, peace of mind and quality of life.

Living the Brand

Prominently situated at City Center Square in downtown Kansas City, Missouri, Solar Spectrum’s office supports the company’s continued growth in distributing solar panel systems to customers across the U.S.

Click here to read our case study on how Solar Spectrum is living the brand in its modern, open office design that reflects a positive culture of openness, interaction and energy. Harnessing the natural power of stone, Rockfon acoustic stone wool ceiling systems are positioned strategically throughout the workspace to enhance visual interest, sustainable practices, employee comfort and productivity.

The Stuff of Architectural Dreams

Skidmore, Ownings & Merrill (SOM) originally designed City Center’s cast-in-place concrete tower, which completed construction in 1977. Hoefer Wysocki Architecture designed today’s Solar Spectrum offices, located on the fourth floor.

James Evrard, associate at Hoefer Wysocki and project architect, says, ''The previous tenant built out the space very simply with tight enclosed offices along the exterior wall and gypsum ceilings. Opening up the space was a lot of fun. Returning to the concrete waffle slabs first imagined by SOM is the stuff of architectural dreams.''

Optimized Acoustics for Open Offices

''As we opened up the space, we also were taking away everything that absorbs sound and showcasing all the reflective surfaces,'' says Evrard. ''We knew of various standard acoustic ceiling clouds, but weren’t satisfied in what we were finding. Then, we came across Rockfon. From our research, Rockfon acoustic islands were the best thing going to meet the acoustic design and the aesthetics, and they included recycled content.''

Hoefer Wysocki also wanted to ensure that the open office areas would not be too quiet. It was important to them that the young salespeople feed off an energetic atmosphere.

Evrard adds, ''During construction, you would notice as soon as the Rockfon® Islands™, were installed. It made such a difference in how loud the space was.''

Stress-Free Installation

In total, Sierra Building Products supplied Wilko Construction with 13,100 square feet Rockfon Islands, plus 2,000 square feet Rockfon Alaska® acoustic stone wool ceiling panels within Chicago Metallic® 1200 15/16-inch exposed ceiling suspension system.

Wilko’s foreman Kenny Sikes, said, ''Hanging it was no problem at all and went fairly fast. The templates Rockfon provided were simple and easy to use. I’ve been hanging ceilings for more than 30 years and thought it was great.''

To learn more about Rockfon suspended ceiling systems, acoustic stone wool ceiling panels and metal ceiling panels, please follow us on LinkedIn. If you would like personalized assistance with product selection, please call us at 800-323-7164, email or click here to find a representative in your area.


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