Columbia Business School
Along with ensuring the required performance, a full-size classroom mock-up allowed the architects to visualize the installed ceiling design. To support the project, "The installing contractors moved forward and completed installation in all areas. Rockfon Spanair Torsion Spring metal ceiling panels were specified in 2-by-8-foot panel sizes with a custom “March Wind,” a pearlescent RAL color-matched coating with a sandblasted finish. The architects also chose the specialized color finish for the metal design elements of CBS buildings’ “Network,” such as the staircases’ decorative panels and the ceilings’ Rockfon® Infinity 4-inch Perimeter Trim," explains Mekram Mohammad, Rockfon's Regional Sales Manager.
He continued, “In some classrooms, the ceiling was positioned beneath the exterior curtain wall framing members. We worked closely with the design team and installing contractors to devise soffit that transitioned between the ceiling and the glazing. Using nonperforated metal, finished in the same March Wind, we engineered an angular ‘hockey stick’ shaped panel system with a custom grid-attachment solution for a unified appearance.”
St. Petersburg High School
At St. Petersburg High School in Florida, Rowe Architects specified Rockfon® Planar® linear metal ceiling systems for the cafeteria’s interior and its exterior extension. For the cafeteria, Rockfon Planar metal panels compose a distinctive ceiling design that appears continuous as the ceiling transitions from inside to outside.
Rockfon’s architectural sales manager, Amy Neumann, IIDA, NCIDQ, RID, Allied AIA, CSI, NEWH, explains how the solution was delivered for SPHS:
“Extending this alternating pattern to the building’s exterior was a challenge because the overhang wasn’t flat. It has peaks and valleys to it, which required the multiple sizes of Rockfon Planar to be installed at different angles. To ensure a cohesive look, our Technical Services team worked from field measurements of the structure’s elevations to create a 3-D building model. This rendering allowed the team to determine the slopes and interacting planes prior to installation on SPHS. Following the 3-D model’s plan, Acousti Engineering Company of Florida installed 13,000 square feet of Rockfon Planar for the cafeteria’s indoor-outdoor ceiling. Acousti’s team was able to move quickly and confidently because they knew which width needed to be installed where and at what angle. It turned out great!”