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Section 09 54 25 - Modular Linear Wall Cove







A.             Drawings and general provisions of the Contract, including General and Supplementary Conditions and Division 1 Specification Sections, apply to this Section.



1.2          SUMMARY


A.             Section Includes:


1.       Perforated and un-perforated metal cove panels


2.       Acoustical backing.


3.       Luminous backing


4.       Suspension assemblies


5.       Accessories; provide other necessary items including devices for attachment overhead construction, secondary members, splines, splices, connecting clips, wall connectors, wall angles, and other devices required for a complete installation.


6.       Supplemental support framing: Provide fully engineered secondary framing as required to meet code, conforming to layout shown in drawings, to support linear wall cove system.  


B.                   Related Sections / Work:


1.       Sections 05 40 00 – Cold-Formed metal Framing


2.       Sections 09 20 00 – Plaster and Gypsum Board


3.       Sections 09 90 00 – Paintings and Coatings


4.       Division 23 – Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning


5.       Division 26 - Electrical


C.                  Alternates (Substitutions):


1.       Prior approval: unless otherwise provided for in the contract documents, proposed product substitutions may be submitted no later than 10 working days prior to the date established for receipt of bids.  Approval of a proposed substitution is contingent upon the Architect’s review of the proposal for acceptability. Approved products will be set forth by addenda.  If substitute products have not been approved by addenda, but are included in a bid, the specified products shall be provided without additional compensation.


2.       Submittals which do not provide adequate data for the product evaluation will not be considered. The proposed substitution must meet the requirements for this section, including but not necessarily limited to the following: single source materials supplier (if specified in Section 1.5); panel design, size, composition, color and finish; suspension system component profiles and sizes; and compliance with the referenced standards 


D.                  This Section covers the general requirements only for Linear Metal Coves as shown on the drawings.  The supplying and installation of additional accessory feature and other items not specifically mentioned herein, but which are necessary to make a complete installation shall also be included or clarified accordingly.



1.3          REFERENCES


A.             American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM)


1.       E 84 – “Standard Test Method for Surface Burning Characteristics of Building Materials”


2.       E 488 – “Standard Test Methods for Strength of Anchors in Concrete and Masonry Elements”


3.       B 209 – “Standard Specification for Aluminum and Aluminum Alloy Sheet and Plate”


4.       C 423 – “Sound Absorption and Sound Absorption Coefficients by Reverberation Room Method”


5.       A 641 – “Standard Specification for Zinc-Coated (Galvanized) Carbon Steel Wire”


6.       A 653 – “Standard Specification for Steel Sheet, Zinc-Coated (Galvanized) or Zinc-Iron Alloy Coated (Galvannealed) by the Hot-Dip process.


7.       E 1477 – Standard Test Method for Luminous Reflectance factor of Acoustical Materials by use of Integrating-Sphere Reflectometers”


8.       D 1044 – Practice for Abrasion Resistance


9.       D 1002 – Practice for Adhesion Resistance


B             Applicable LEED Environmental Categories and Credits and performance requirements as indicated:


1.       Material and Resources (MR)


a.       MR Credit 4.1 & 4.2 – Recycled Content


b.       MR Credit 5.1 & 5.2 – Regional Materials


c.        MR Credit 7.0 – Certified Wood


2.       Indoor Environmental Quality (EQ)


a.       EQ Credit 4.1 – Low Emitting Materials, Adhesives & Sealants


b.       EQ Credit 4.1 – Low Emitting Materials, Paints


c.        EQ Credit 4.4 – Low Emitting Materials, Composite Wood & Agrifiber


3.       Innovation in Design (IC)


a.       IC Credit 1.1 – Enhanced Acoustical Performance


C.                  Architectural Woodworking Institute (AWI) and or WIC requirements shall be met for woodworking materials.


D.                  NEMA Standard 11-14-95 for Chemical Resistance


E.                   Local Building Code (UBC or IBC), current edition requirements



1.4          SUBMITTALS


A.                   Product Data: Manufacturers product data for each type of product specified in this section.


B.                   Product Certification: Manufacturer’s certifications that products comply with specified requirements and governing codes including product data, laboratory test reports and research reports showing compliance with specified standards. 


C.                  Shop (Coordination) Drawings: Submit shop drawings for Linear Wall Cove layouts and drawn to scale. Show the following details:


1.       Linear wall Cove layout including joint patterns & details.


2.       Suspension system plan with appropriate components, suggested mount locations & details.


3.       Method of attaching suspension system hangers to building structure.


4.       Wall-mounted items including: light fixtures and other interfaces.


5.       Special moldings at corners and other junctures of  adjoining construction.


6.       List of materials, dimensions, mounting locations and any special details.


7.       Minimum drawing scale: 1/8” = 1’-0”.


8.       Provide full scale drawings of perforation patterns. Provide minimum 1”=1’-0” scale layout for each panel type showing perforation layout and orientation as required.


D.                  Samples for Verification: Full-size units (or as specified below) of each type of wall cove assembly indicated; in sets for each color, texture, and pattern specified, showing the full range of variations expected in these characteristics.  Submit samples for each type specified.


1.       12-inch square, (acoustical) metal cove units.


2.       Representative samples of each exposed corner molding or end cap.


3.       12-inch long samples of each suspension component.


D.                  Qualification Data: For firms and persons specified in "Quality Assurance" (Section 1.5).  Provide documents to demonstrate their capabilities and experience. Include lists of at least 5 completed projects with project names and addresses, names and addresses of Architects and employers, and other information specified.  





A.                  Unless accepted otherwise by the Architect, use manufacturer and installers that employ a

Quality Management System complying with the program described in ISO 9001-2000, or similar system.


B.                 Installer


1.       To certify a minimum 5 years experience installing similar systems and scope to those specified.


2.       Provide list of at least 5 successful installations with similar products and scope. Include names and contact numbers of Architect and employer for reference.


C.                 Manufacturer


1.       To certify a minimum of 5 years experience manufacturing similar products to those specified.


2.       Provide support documentation including name and date of project completion. Include names and contact numbers of Architect and employers for reference.


3.       Manufacturer shall be single source and shall be the fabricator and supplier of appropriate major components.


D.            Fire-Test-Response Characteristics: Provide linear metal coves that comply with one of the following requirements:


1.       Fire-response tests performed by UL, ITS/Warnock Hersey, or another independent testing and inspecting agency that is acceptable to authorities having jurisdiction and that performs testing and follow-up services.


2.       Surface-burning characteristics of linear metal cove units comply with ASTM E 1264 for Class A materials as determined by testing identical products per ASTM E 84.


E.            Mock-Ups: Before releasing linear metal coves, if requested, construct mock-ups for each form of construction and finish required to verify selections made under sample submittals and to demonstrate aesthetic effects and qualities of materials and execution. Build mock-up to comply with the following minimum requirements, using materials indicated for completed work:


1.       Locate mock-ups in the location and of the size indicated or, if not indicated, as directed by the Architect.  Minimum mock-up size to be 10’ long unless otherwise specified.


2.       Notify Architect seven days in advance of the dates and times when mock-ups will be constructed.


3.       Demonstrate the proposed range of aesthetic effects and workmanship.


4.       Site Coordination Mock-up:


a.       For approval of assembly, sequence of installation, coordination of trades involved, including linear metal cove types and shapes.


b.       Sized large enough to include a minimum of 2 adjacent panels Demonstrating interface work of trim and accessories.


5.       Obtain Architect’s approval of mock-ups before starting construction of linear metal coves. Submit detailed, ACAD shop drawing illustrating extent and scope of mock-ups. Do not proceed without approval of these drawings.


6.       Maintain mock-ups during construction in an undisturbed condition as a standard for judging the completed work.


a.       When directed, demolish and remove mock-ups from project site


b.       Approved mock-ups in an undisturbed condition at the time of initial Acceptance may become part of the completed work, subject to Architect / Employer approval.


F.             Pre-installation Conference: Conduct conference at Project site as directed by the project Architect.





A.                   Deliver linear metal cove units and suspension system components in original, unopened packages clearly labeled with the following information: name of manufacturing source and location; product type, description and quantity; clients name and shipping address.


B.                   Panel’s protective layer to be removed only after installation is complete to help prevent panel surface damage.


C.                  Store components in a fully enclosed space where they will be protected against physical damage from direct moisture, significant change in humidity, direct sunlight, significant change in temperature, surface contamination, and any other preventable cause.


D.                  Exercise care in handling components to prevent damage to the surfaces and edges and prevent distortion or other physical damage. Comply with prescribed stacking instructions to prevent damage to thee components





A.                   Environmental Limitations


1.       Do not install linear metal cove units until after spaces are enclosed and weather tight and after wet work and work above ceilings is complete and accepted by project Architect.


2.       Maintain environmental conditions (temperature, humidity and ventilation) within limits recommended by manufacturer for optimum results.  Do not install products under environmental conditions outside manufacturer’s absolute limits.  Allow materials to reach ambient temperature and humidity for a minimum of 24 hours (48 hours recommended), prior to starting installation.


3.       Coordinate with other work supported by, adjacent to or penetrating through the cove system.


B.                   Do not install products in exterior space unless the system has been specifically designed and approved for exterior application.


C.                  If the project is located within range of moisture associated with large bodies of water (fresh or salt), necessary materials shall be finished with coatings appropriate to condition of use.



1.8          WARRANTY


A.                   Provide specified manufacturers warranty against defects in workmanship, discoloration, or other defect considered undesirable by the Architect or Employer.


B.                   This warranty shall remain in effect for a minimum period of five (5) years from date of initial acceptance.





A.                   Maintenance Instructions: Provide manufacturers standard maintenance and cleaning instructions for finishes provided.


B.                   Extra Materials: Furnish extra materials described below that match products installed, are packaged with protective covering for storage, and are identified with labels describing contents.  Only typical system components are included with attic stock.


1.       Linear Metal Cove Units: Full-size units equal to 1½ percent (1½%) of amount installed.


2.       Suspension System Components: Quantity of each grid and exposed component equal to 1½ percent (1½%) of amount installed.








A.             Basis of design: Ceilings Plus - 6711 E. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90040.  800-822-3411 –


B.            Supply specified item or comply with Section 01 60 00 “Substitutions”.  Specified manufacturer’s standard of quality and manufacturing tolerances shall be the criteria for evaluating “equivalent” products. Substitution shall be equal to or of better quality than te specified product in the opinion of the Architect and / or owner.



2.2      MATERIALS


A.             Cove Lighting Type ## - Ceilings Plus “Corniche" – Perforated - ## finish to match Architect’s sample; or approved equal. 


1.       Panels are to be manufactured from single sheets of aluminum selected for surface flatness, smoothness and freedom from surface blemishes where exposed to view in a finished unit.  Do not use material where the exposed surface exhibit pitting, seam marks, roller marks, stains, discolorations, or variations in flatness exceeding those permitted by referenced standards for stretcher-leveled aluminum alloy sheets.


2.       Panels are to be die formed with integral return edges on each of the four panel sides.  No fasteners of any kind shall be visible on exposed face surfaces of cove panels.


3.       Panel material shall be primed aluminum sheet type 3105 (painted) / 5005 (anodized) series alloy that has a minimum 70% (50% @ 5005) recycled content.  It shall be machine stretcher-leveled and a minimum of .032” thickness, or greater if required, so that the panel deflection does not exceed L/360.


4.       The panel finish shall be:


a.       “Sarante” PVC free, faux wood veneer that is permanently bonded to the aluminum sheet with formaldehyde free, water based adhesive of minimum bond strength of 8 psi @ 25 degrees C.


b.       “Arboreal” real wood veneer that is permanently bonded to the aluminum sheet with formaldehyde free, water based adhesive of minimum bond strength of 8 psi @ 25 degrees C.


c.        Polyester “Painted” finish – 3105 alloy


d.       Flouropolymer “Painted” finish – 3105 alloy


e.       “Anodized” finish – 5005 alloy


5.       Panel 12” wide profile x 60” long typical, or sizes as per drawings.  Field cut panels at non modular perimeter conditions or as detailed or specified.


6.       Edge Profile: Panel joints are butt condition (concealed suspension - as per drawings) unless specified otherwise.


7.       Perforation shall be ##, or as selected by the Architect from Ceilings Plus’ standard patterns.  Panels to have solid non-perforated borders along each of the four sides.


8.       Acrylic Lens to be .020” opal white acrylic (100% virgin acrylic) factory installed into cove assembly.


9.       Sound-Absorptive Fabric Layer: Provide manufacturer's acoustic pads sized to fit concealed surface of panel.  Material shall be both non-flammable and sound-absorptive. 


a.        Fire Class shall be Class A, with surface-burning characteristics for flame-spread rating of 25 or less and smoke developed rating of 50 or less.. Provide independent accredited lab test results showing compliance with Class A rating as per ASTM E 84.


b.        Achieve absorption value of not less than .70- .80 NRC. Provide independent accredited laboratory test results illustrating compliance with acoustical requirements as per ASTM C 423.


c.         Linear metal coves to provide recycled “Soundtex” fiber fleece.


d.        Permanently laminate fleece to the backside of the perforated panels, unless otherwise directed by the Architect.


10.    Fire Tests:  Complete system test including suspension, primed aluminum and finish shall meet ASTM E 84 Class A.


11.    Provide and install matching finish end cap or trim where panels are exposed or butt wall respectively.





A.             Metal Suspension Standard: Provide panel manufacturer's metal suspension systems of materials and finishes indicated.


1.       Suspension system composed of top and bottom aluminum extrusions that mount independently from the linear fixture.


2.       Extrusions to be mill finish aluminum unless known otherwise.


B.                   Attachment Devices: Size for five times design load, unless otherwise indicated (supplied by installer)


1.       Provide anchor, for use in the particular application, as approved by the “Structural Engineer of record”. 


2.       Structural substrate, as indicated to support attachment device, also to be approved by the “Structural Engineer of record”. 


3.       Anchors specified must provide corrosion resistance as per metal type and application.







A.             Examine substrates and structural framing to which linear metal coves attach or abut, with Installer present, for compliance with requirements specified in this and other Sections that affect installation and anchorage, and other conditions affecting performance of linear metal coves.


B.            Proceed with installation only after unsatisfactory conditions have been corrected.





A.             Coordination: Furnish layouts for cast-in-place anchors, clips, and other anchors whose installation is specified in other Sections.


B.            Measure each wall area and establish layout of linear metal cove units to balance border widths at opposite edges. Avoid using less-than-half-width units at borders, and comply with layout shown on elevation layouts.


C.                  Survey substrate for wall attachment to assure squareness and proper elevation for wall panel installation.





A.           General: Install linear metal coves, per manufacturers shop drawings provided, per manufacturer's written.


B           Suspend cove extrusions from building's approved structural substrates and as follows:


1.       Install extrusions plumb and free from contact with insulation or other objects within wall plenum that are not part of supporting.


2.       Screw attach extrusions to substrate at intervals not more than 18” O.C. and not more than 6” from ends.


3.       Fine level extrusions to 1/8 inch in 10 feet from specified elevation(s), square and true.


C.            Install acoustical metal panel units in coordination with suspension system.


1.       Align joints in adjacent courses to form uniform, straight joints parallel to room axis in both directions, unless otherwise indicated.  Install directionally patterned or textured panels in directions indicated on approved shop drawings.  Panel-joints shall flow smoothly and in a straight line within 1/8” in 10’. Intersections shall be continuous.


2.       Fit adjoining units to form flush, tight joints. Scribe and cut units for accurate fit at borders and around construction penetrating coves.


3.       Remove protective film from panels only when space is completely clean and free of airborne particles. Use white cotton gloves for final installation of panels into grid system.


D.            Install edge moldings and end caps indicated at perimeters of linear metal cove areas. Method of edge trim attachment and design of end caps to be approved by Architect.


1.       Do not use exposed fasteners, including pop rivets, on moldings and trim without prior written approval. Or unless detailed otherwise.


E.            Scribe and cut linear metal cove units for accurate fit at penetrations. Stiffen edges of cut units as required to eliminate evidence of buckling or variations in flatness exceeding referenced standards for stretcher-leveled metal sheet.






A.                   Adjust linear cove components to provide a consistent finish and appearance in conformity with established tolerances and requirements. 


B.                   Clean exposed surfaces of linear metal cove units.  Comply with manufacturer's written instructions for cleaning and touchup of minor finish damage.


C.                  Remove and replace work that cannot be successfully cleaned and repaired to permanently eliminate evidence of damage, including dented and bent units.



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