Architectural Record BE - Building Enclosure

Understanding Code-Compliant Integrated Ceiling Solutions

Using modern ceiling installation systems to meet design intent, IBC code requirements, and construction schedules
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Sponsored by Armstrong Commercial Ceiling Solutions
Amanda Voss, MPP

Pre-Engineered Ceiling Construction

Pre-engineered ceiling components were used in the Bell Helicopter headquarters construction to reduce coordination between trades, labor costs, and to speed the construction schedule. The ceiling components met the same codes and standards as traditionally built, on-site systems and reflected the identical design intent and specifications of the most sophisticated site-built systems using the same architect-specified materials. Thirty to 50 percent faster to build and install compared to traditionally constructed ceilings, they generate less waste, provide consistent quality throughout the building, and meet tighter construction schedules.

Pre-engineered components and related details can be included in specifications to ensure consistent installed visuals throughout a project. Pre-engineered ceiling systems are often already tested and approved for use in Seismic DEF building areas, backed by the required certifications available from the manufacturer. If you are specifying for a LEED project, components can contribute to credits.

In addition to traditional ceiling systems, examples of pre-engineered ceiling system solutions include: drywall suspension systems for ceilings and soffits, light coves, shade pockets, transitions, and acoustical clouds and canopies.


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Originally published in Architectural Record