In a new era of enhanced acoustic design for commercial spaces, the A&D community is searching for products that create comfortable environments and a cohesive design aesthetic. While baffles, clouds, and other free-hanging solutions
are an option for atrium and common spaces, the vast majority of
healthcare, education, and office projects require suspended ceilings
in at least one room or area of the building.
Due to advances in design and materials, contemporary ceiling
panel choices include a wide range of acoustic performance levels,
visuals, and price-points. This abundance of options has made
specification more complex, but also more significant.
Because the choice of a ceiling panel can have a dramatic
impact on the design of a space and the experience of its occupants, it is critical for architects and designers to specify the right
panel to achieve the best acoustic performance in each space
without compromising visual impact or budget.
There’s a common misconception in the industry that a premium
ceiling panel providing maximum sound absorption and noise
blocking can be used throughout a project. The reality is often quite
Commercial architecture and design projects involve multiple
spaces with diverse acoustic requirements. Therefore, there is no
such thing as a one-size-fits-all ceiling panel. While a premium
panel may seem like the right answer for the entirety of the building,
consider the price you pay for a level of performance that is simply
unnecessary in some spaces.
By targeting acoustic performance to individual rooms and
spaces, architects and designers can avoid over-engineering and
keep the budget under control by investing in premium performance
only where necessary. Plus, selecting complementary products
or collections with a consistent visual ensures they maintain the
integrity of the original design.
This approach—referred to as targeted acoustics at Certain Teed
Ceilings—is fundamental to creating contemporary built environments
for education, healthcare, and commercial spaces that promote
learning, healing, and productivity.
Specifying the right ceiling panel for a space begins with
determining the type of sound control required (absorption of sound
within the space or blocking noise from spreading to adjacent
spaces) and the level of each.
First, address the purpose of the space and the activities for which
it is intended. Is it a space for focus and concentration or socialization
and collaboration? Will private or confidential conversations take place
there? The acoustic requirements of a collaborative space for creative
professionals are different from those of a suite of legal offices.
Meet diverse acoustic goals and maintain design integrity without
sacrificing the budget.
By Robert L. Marshall | Photography courtesy of Certain Teed Ceilings
Certain Teed Ceilings has
developed a line of complementary products that combine
a unified design aesthetic with
unique acoustic performance
based on the purpose, people,
and physical attributes of a
space. One size doesn’t
fit all. Even within elementary
and middle schools there are a
number of acoustically diverse
spaces that require specific
solutions. Adagio™ from
Certain Teed Ceilings features
excellent sound absorption
and attenuation properties
well matched for auditoriums,
performance spaces, and music