“We love it,” says Bruce Wilbee, project manager with Canaan Construction Inc. who installed the drywall and ceiling systems. “It cuts well and has a nice edge. It was easy to work with and looks good.”
Involved early in the project’s development, Canaan Construction Inc. installed the drywall and ceiling systems. This was their crew’s first experience with Rockfon’s ceiling systems. Because Rockfon’s stone wool ceiling panels are humidity-resistant, they could be installed before the building was weather-tight, which expedited the construction timeline. Construction began in May 2014 and was substantially completed in December 2014.
“In developing our new offices, we had a systematic approach,” states Marshall. “We considered the performance of the whole room with respect to its function, its position within the building and its connection to adjacent rooms. This perspective allowed us to consider the best design options for carrying natural light into the building’s core, as well as for managing noise within and between adjacent rooms.”
As examples, Marshall says, “We were able to use ceiling panels with a very high light reflectance coupled with glass partition walls to help direct the natural light from the building’s exterior through the closed office along the perimeter and into the open offices at the center of the floor plan.”
Ceiling systems are high performing and versatile
To inhibit office noise from traveling through an open space and disturbing people, a highly sound absorptive ceiling typically is required. Due to its open porous structure, stone wool is a high-performing, sound-absorptive material used to manufacture Rockfon ceiling panels, baffles and islands and imbued with excellent noise reduction capabilities.
Along with acoustic performance, Rockfon’s ceiling systems also enhance the office’s contemporary design. The president’s private office features Rockfon® Sonar™ 1-by-6-foot panels set in a staggered, brickwork pattern for distinctive, distinguished look.
Creating a sense of unity, the ceiling design continues the rectangular format between the closed and open workspaces. Varying from the other closed offices’ 2-by-4-foot ceiling panels, a 2-by-8-foot panel appears in the open plan office area. The ceilings in these areas incorporate both a Chicago Metallic™ 4000 Tempra™ 9/16-inch Exposed suspension system and a 4600 Ultraline™ 1/8-inch Reveal Bolt Slot system.
“A 2-by-4 grid is the type of look that you will find in many office spaces,” comments Ratz. “We have altered that standard format in the open office area by using 2-by-8 panels with an exposed grid, in a staggered pattern. It’s still typical of an office, but uses a non-typical size. It’s nice to see something different and still works very well with the 2-by-4 recessed lighting.”