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Section 09 54 47 - Modular Metal Ceiling System







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 ceiling panels


2.       Acoustical backing.


3.       Suspension assemblies


4.       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.


5.       Supplemental support framing: Provide fully engineered secondary framing as required to meet code, conforming to layout shown in drawings, to support direct-hung metal ceilings suspension system.  


6.       Coordinate layout and installation of items penetrating or being installed in ceiling systems with responsible trades.


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 Acoustical Metal Ceilings 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.


E.                   Performance Requirements


1.       Structural Performance: Exterior ceilings shall withstand exterior exposure,  the effects of gravity and the following loads and stresses without showing permanent deformation of the ceiling system components including panels, suspension system, noise or metal fatigue caused by vibration, deflection and displacement of ceiling units or permanent damage to fasteners or anchors


a.       Wind Load: Uniform pressure of 20 lbs/sq ft (## Pa), acting inward and outward


2.       Thermal Movement: Allow for thermal movement from ambient and surface temperature changes.  Base calculations on surface temperatures of materials due to both sola heat gain and nighttime-sky heat loss.


a.       Temperature Change (Range): 50 deg F (## deg C), material surfaces



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.       E 580 – “Standard Practice for Application of Ceiling Suspension Systems for Acoustical Tile and Lay-in Panels in Areas Requiring Moderate Seismic Restraint”


5.       C  635 – “Standard Specification for Metal Suspension Systems for Acoustical Tile and Lay-in Panel Ceilings”


6.       C 636 – “Recommended Practice for Installation of Metal Ceiling Suspensions Systems for Acoustical  and Lay-in Panels”


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


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


9.       E 1264 – Classification for Acoustical Ceiling Products”


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


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


2.       Indoor Environmental Quality (EQ)


a.       EQ Credit 4.1 – Low Emitting Materials, Paints



C.                  Aluminum Association Standards for Anodic Coatings


D.                  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 and design criteria for exterior exposure; including product data, laboratory test reports and research reports showing compliance with specified standards.  For exterior exposure, structural analysis and other analytic data, signed and sealed by a Professional Engineer responsible for their preparation, is required.


C.                  Shop (Coordination) Drawings: Submit shop drawings for reflected ceiling plans (RCP’s), drawn to scale, and coordinating penetrations and ceiling mounted items. Show the following details:


1.       Reflected ceiling plan including joint patterns & details.


2.       Metal ceiling suspension system plan with appropriate components, suggested hanger locations & details.


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


4.       Ceiling-mounted items including: light fixtures, air outlets and inlets, speakers, sprinklers, and other interfaces.


5.       Special moldings at walls, column penetrations, and other junctures of acoustical ceilings with adjoining construction.

6.       Framing and support details for work supported by ceiling suspension system.


7.       List of materials, dimensions, hanger fastenings and any special details.


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


9.       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 ceiling 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 pan units.


2.       12-inch long samples of each exposed molding or trim.


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


E.                   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 acoustical metal pan ceilings 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 acoustical metal pan ceilings comply with ASTM E 1264 for Class A materials as determined by testing identical products per ASTM E 84.


E.            Mock-Ups: Before releasing acoustical metal ceilings, 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’x 10’ 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 ceiling panel types and shapes.


b.       Sized large enough to include a minimum of 2 adjacent panels Demonstrating interface work of fire protection sprinklers, lighting, mechanical diffusers, anchoring method at steel structure; adjacent vertical wall; skylight and fascia, trim and accessories.


5.       Obtain Architect’s approval of mock-ups before starting construction of acoustical metal pan ceilings. 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 acoustical metal ceiling 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 acoustical metal pan ceilings 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 ceiling 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.       Acoustical Metal Ceiling Pan Units: Full-size units equal to 1½ percent (1½%) of amount installed.


2.       Ceiling 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.             Ceiling Type ## - Ceilings Plus “Multiples Slide" - ## Painted 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 to die formed with a minimum 7/16” x 3/4” integral return edge on each of the four panel sides.  No fasteners of any kind shall be visible on exposed face surfaces of ceiling panels or support tees. Down light openings and other ceiling penetrations shall be factory precision cut whenever viable.


3.       Panel material shall be primed aluminum sheet type 3105 series alloy that has a minimum 70% 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.       Flouropolymer “Painted” finish – 3105 alloy


b.       Polyester “Painted” finish – 3105 alloy


5.       Panel sizes as per drawings.  Field cut panels at non modular perimeter conditions, at column interfaces or as detailed or specified.


6.       Edge Profile: Panel joints are reveal condition (exposed tee – as per ASTM A 1264) both directions (as per drawings) unless specified otherwise.


7.       The plenum shall be 100% accessible.  Every panel must be removable.  Progressive panel access is not acceptable. 


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


9.       Provide and install matching finish trim on each side of each suspended area (or as specified).





A.             Metal Suspension Standard: Provide panel manufacturer's metal suspension systems of types, structural classifications, materials, and finishes indicated that comply with applicable ASTM C 635 requirements.


1.       Main and cross runners to be Standard “Heavy Duty” tee bar (as per ASTM C 635).


2.       Face of main and cross runners to be factory finished matte black unless known otherwise.


3.       Provide suspension system made from steel sheet with an average recycled content such that post consumer recycled content plus one half or pre consumer content is not less than 25 percent.


B.                   Suspension Systems: Provide complete suspensions systems with main runners, cross runners, hangers, trim molding, seismic retention clips, load resisting struts and other suspension components required to support ceiling and other ceiling supported construction (some of these parts may be supplied by the installer).


C.                  Attachment Devices: Size for five times design load indicated in ASTM C 635, Table 1, “Direct-Hung”, 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.       Anchors into Concrete (with or without steel deck)


                                                                           i.      Pre-installed – Cast in Place Anchors

                                                                          ii.      Post-installed - Expansion Anchors

                                                                        iii.      Post-installed – Chemical Anchors

                                                                         iv.      Post-installed – Powder Actuated Fasteners


b.       Anchors into Wood


                                                                           i.      ¼” min diameter with 1 ¼” minimum penetration


c.        Anchors into Steel


                                                                           i.      Clip or Clamp

                                                                          ii.      Shot Pin


d.       Anchors into Steel Deck: This option requires special attention from both the “Structural Engineer of record” and the Professional Engineered retained to provide structural documents in order to coordinate detailing required to provide anchoring device.


4.       “Direct-Hung” Suspensions Systems: System composed of main runners supported by hangers attached directly to building structure.


5.       “Indirect-Hung” Suspension Systems: System composed of main runners connected to carrying channels that are attached by hangers to building structure, and complying with the following requirements:


a.       Hangers: Type and metal standard with ceiling system manufacturer, sized to comply with structural classification indicated.


b.       Hanger Rods: Mild steel, zinc coated or protected with rust-inhibitive paint.


c.        Flat Hangers: Mild steel, zinc coated or protected with rust-inhibitive paint.


d.       Angle Hangers: Angles with legs not less than 22mm wide, formed with 1mm thick, galvanized steel sheet complying with ASTM A 653/A 653M, G90 coating designation, with bolted connections.








A.             Examine substrates and structural framing to which acoustical metal panels 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 metal panel ceilings.


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





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


B.            Measure each ceiling area and establish layout of acoustical metal pan units to balance border widths at opposite edges of each ceiling. Avoid using less-than-half-width units at borders, and comply with layout shown on reflected ceiling plans.


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





A.           General: Install acoustical metal pan ceilings, per manufacturers shop drawings provided, per manufacturer's written instructions and to comply with publications referenced below.


1.       ClSCA "Ceiling Systems Handbook.


2.       Standard for Ceiling Suspension System Installations - ASTM C 636.


3.       Standard for Ceiling Suspension Systems Requiring Seismic Restraint - ASTM E 580


4.       IBC (International Building Code) standard for Seismic Zone for local area.


5.       Applicable information as directed by the engineering calculations provided to solidify performance requirements.


B           Suspend ceiling hangers from building's approved structural substrates and as follows:


1.       Install hangers plumb and free from contact with insulation or other objects within ceiling plenum that are not part of supporting structure or of ceiling suspension system.


2.       Splay hangers only where required to miss obstructions; offset resulting horizontal forces by bracing, counter-splaying, or other equally effective means.


3.       Where width of ducts and other construction within ceiling plenum produce hanger spacings that interfere with location of hangers at spacing required to support standard suspension system members, install supplemental suspension members and hangers in form of trapezes or equivalent devices. Size supplemental suspension members and hangers to support ceiling loads within performance limits established by referenced standards and publications.


4.       Where used secure wire hangers to ceiling suspension members and to supports above with a minimum of three tight turns. Connect hangers directly either to structures or to inserts, eye screws, or other devices that are secure; that are appropriate for substrate; and that will not deteriorate or otherwise fail due to age, corrosion, or elevated temperatures.


5.       Space hangers not more than 48 inches on center, along each member supported directly from hangers, unless otherwise indicated; and provide hangers not more than 8 inches from ends of each member. Supply supporting calculations from licensed Structural Engineer verifying hanger spacing meets all requirements, when spacing exceed those recommended.


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


7.       Adjust suspension system runners so they are square (within .5 degree from 90 degrees) and securely interlocked with one another. Remove and replace dented, bent, or kinked members.


C.            Secure bracing wires to ceiling suspension members and to supports acceptable to Architect / Engineer and or inspector. Suspend bracing from building's structural members and / or structural deck, as required for hangers, without attaching to permanent metal forms, steel deck, or steel deck tabs(unless directed otherwise).


D.            Install edge moldings and trim of type indicated at perimeter of acoustical ceiling area and where necessary to conceal edges of acoustical metal pan. Method of edge trim attachment and design of edge trims to be approved by Architect.


1.       Screw attach moldings to substrate at intervals not more than 18” O.C. and not more than 6” from ends, leveling with ceding suspension system to a tolerance of 1/8” in 10’.  Miter corners accurately and connect securely.


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


F.             Scribe and cut acoustical metal panel units for accurate fit at penetrations by, other work through ceilings. Stiffen edges of cut units as required to eliminate evidence of buckling or variations in flatness exceeding referenced standards for stretcher-leveled metal sheet.


G.            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 ceiling.


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.





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


B.                   Clean exposed surfaces of acoustical metal panel ceilings and walls. 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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