||Wood Working Wonders:
The October 2013 issue of Walls & Ceilings says, “…where rapid change is occurring, design professionals will best be able to realize their vision through close collaboration with veneer suppliers and experienced panel manufacturers and by preparing specifications that clearly define ceiling and wall panel requirements. Read article (PDF).|
|White Ceilings Enhance Daylighting:
The September 2013 issue of Building Design + Construction says, “Blanco Mat, a new ceiling product with a brilliantly white finish, creates a dramatic effect in the recently remodeled Temple Israel in Long Beach . The finish optimizes the daylight entering through skylights and high clerestory windows, and its matte surface eliminates glare. Abramson Tieger Architects used linear elements of various depths and widths to create a design inspired by the tallit, a fringed prayer shawl, sheltering and embracing the congregation. Ceilings Plus assembled the elements at the factory, using its Barz panel system to simplify field installation and minimize weight on the existing building’s structure.”|
|Insurance Company Picks Microperforated Wood Panels:
Real wood veneers create a warm look in the corporate lobby of New Jersey Manufacturer’s Insurance Company. Ceilings Plus applied the veneers to Barz™ ceiling and WallForms® wall panels made with lightweight, recycled aluminum. Microperforations, almost invisible at normal viewing distances, provide for critical noise reduction. The project appears in a Continuing Education course in Building Design + Construction. |
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Arboreal ® Wood Panels – An Oasis of Calm in Busy Hospital:
Rush University Hospital in Chicago wanted a place of respite in its lobby. Research shows that elements of nature in a building promote wellbeing, a concept known as biophilia. So the architects flooded the lobby with daylight and inserted an atrium filled with plants. They also used Arboreal® wood panels on the ceilings and walls because the natural material induces positive feelings in patients, staff, and visitors. Read article (PDF).
University of Houston Quiet Room:
Ceilings Plus translated Gensler’s interpretation of a classical interior, which includes custom perforations and geometric folds, into an affordable, buildable, and installable ceiling solution. Read article at www.archpaper.com.
Ceiling Represents Flowing Water:The Las Vegas City Hall lobby
“became a kind of diorama of the city’s geological past”. The “undulating…metallic-ribboned ceilings” represent the flow of springs that watered the nascent village and economic importance the nearby Colorado River. The project received LEED Gold
. Read article at www.bdcnetwork.com.
Top Ten Green Projects:
The Illusions ceiling in the lobby of San Francisco ’s Public Utilities Commission HQ has an Arboreal finish that contains no added urea formaldehyde and uses FSC-certified maple veneer on aluminum with up to 99% recycled content. The project is showcased on the Summer 2013 cover of Eco-Structure
magazine. Read article at www.ecobuildingpulse.com.
Tom Bradley Terminal at LAX Opens:
According to Architect’s Newspaper
, “The 110-foot-tall great hall is the interior’s centerpiece, with its series of white arches and giant white vaults” formed with trapezoidal Illusions panels. Read article at www.archpaper.com.
Venture Capital Office Building, Menlo Park, CA:
This project received Honorable Mention at the 2013 Annual Light and Architecture Design Awards. The editors say of this Barz installation that, “In areas that require directional light, such as the conference rooms, custom miniature downlights fit in between the slats of the wooden ceiling system.
Read article at www.archlighting.com.
Read article featured in Architectural Products (PDF).
The Katherine Drake Chapel at Xavier University, New Orleans, LA:
This project won for Best Use of Daylighting at the 2013 Annual Light and Architecture Design Awards. The Jury singled out the Wallforms panels and says, “A sensitive use of materials, particularly the scrimlike metal screens, to transform the atmosphere within the space from day to night,” and “A compelling and sophisticated use of a daylighting strategy to control glare."
Read article at www.archlighting.com.
Read Architectural Record article.
Illusions panels connect interior to exterior:
An addition to Mount Pleasant Home, an independent living community for seniors in Jamaica Plain , MA , provides a link between two existing facilities. Extending ceiling panels into the soffit also created a visual bridge between interior and exterior. The LEED Gold project is featured in the September 2013 issue of Environments for Aging
Read the article (PDF).
Latest Developments in Wood Panels and Veneers:
Wood’s beauty has long been appreciated for both architectural ceilings and wall panel assemblies. Significant changes during the past decade have led to new fabrication techniques and products complementing traditional millwork. This article examines these new developments with regards to veneers, panel cores, and environmental considerations. The Construction Specifier
, December 2012. Read article (PDF).
Getting Off the Rectangular Grid:
“Ceiling patterns based on triangles, pentagons, hexagons, trapezoids and other polygons have become economically feasible. These new shapes provide alternatives to the square and rectangular grids that dominated so much of 20th Century design.” The Construction Specifier
, May 2010.
Read article (PDF).
Metal and Wood Ceiling Systems:
“Ceilings account for about 25 to 30 percent of the interior building surface area in most projects. Unlike floors and walls, ceilings are also left uncluttered, making them a highly visible contributor to a building’s design. To make the most of this opportunity, innovative panel systems – including perforated metal and wood veneer over metal – broaden the palette of materials for designers.” The Construction Specifier
, April 2008. Read article (PDF).
Arboreal ® - Wood Panel Quality Standards for the 21st Century:
With fast moving advances in architectural woodwork, many designers and specifiers have been asking for updated quality standards they can use when designing and specifying wood wall and ceiling panels. Ceilings Plus offers the following information as a service to the industry. Read More.
Ceilings Plus products used in the Rose Center for Earth and Space at the Hayden Planetarium New York City.
Read article at Walls & Ceilings (www.wconline.com).
C3421 Admiral's Club:
New Type Of Wood Ceiling Takes Off At LAX Airport.
Read article at Design Cost Data (www.dcd.com).
3D CAD/Modeling at Ceilings Plus:
At Ceilings Plus, 3D CAD/Modeling is sometimes necessary to visualize a complex project and aid in the generation of instruction sheets and shop drawings. In manufacturing, vast amounts of data can be retrieved from a single model and fed to an array of CNC machines to produce tight tolerance, high precision products. Read More.