Acoustical ceiling with drywall visual offers ideal solution for today’s changing spaces

Case studies

Over 50 pre-engineered, integrated solutions are available to make the design of ACOUSTIBuilt ceilings easier.
Over 50 pre-engineered, integrated solutions are available to make the design of ACOUSTIBuilt ceilings easier.

Introduced in 2019, the ACOUSTIBuilt ceiling system has enjoyed quick acceptance as evidenced by the fact that two of the earliest installations were in architecture/design firms.

The Austin (Texas) studio of Perkins and Will that recently moved into new quarters was one of those firms. Interior Design Principal, Lina Murillo, notes her firm was one of the first tenants in the shell space and aimed to retain its open, exposed look. “We wanted a minimal, yet expressive look, nimble enough to move out of current trends to create a modern and timeless space,” she says. “To achieve this, we left most surfaces exposed.”

An exception is a large, 56-m2 (600-sf), glass-enclosed conference room where Murillo explains esthetics and acoustics were important design elements. “Esthetically, we did not want it to look like a typical office space,” she says. “We wanted to create a soft, inviting visual including a ceiling with a clean look.”

Drywall was an option, but Murillo notes the firm desired good acoustic performance in the space as well. To provide both esthetics and acoustics, the firm selected ACOUSTIBuilt ceiling panels. “It was our acoustician who initially suggested it,” she states. “The product had just been introduced and it fit our needs perfectly. The acoustics in the room are great.”

Panel installation was quick and easy using Armstrong Drywall Grid. Finishing methods were similar to those of traditional drywall ceilings. According to project manager Brendan Burke-Phillips of Marek Brothers, the acoustical contractor, installation went smoothly even though it was his crew’s first experience with the new product. “It was simple,” he says. “No new training was required. There was not much of a learning curve. It was just like installing a normal gyp board ceiling.”

Helps control sound

Nearly 186 m2 (2000 sf) of ACOUSTIBuilt ceilings are installed throughout the Spina O’Rourke exposed structure space.
Nearly 186 m2 (2000 sf) of ACOUSTIBuilt ceilings are installed throughout the Spina O’Rourke exposed structure space.

In a similar scenario, when designing its new offices in West Palm Beach, Fla., Spina O’Rourke + Partners knew controlling sound would play a critical role in how well the exposed structure space would function. “The esthetic for the open offices was for the structure to be exposed in some areas and have a clean, smooth drywall ceiling in others, but we were worried about the acoustics,” says interior design principal and director Tammy O’Rourke.

Acoustics had been a problem in the architecture and design firm’s previous offices which had a similar esthetic. “This is a highly-active space,” says O’Rourke. “We knew the same scenario of exposed structure and drywall ceiling would not provide us with the functionality we needed.”

Unwilling to compromise the esthetics, O’Rourke selected ACOUSTIBuilt acoustical ceilings. With the ACOUSTIBuilt system, O’Rourke was able to achieve both the esthetics and acoustics she desired for the new space. “It is a perfect fit,” she says. “We are able to control the sound and still have the refinement of a drywall ceiling.” Nearly 186 m2 (2000 sf) of ACOUSTIBuilt ceilings are installed throughout the interior making a noticeable difference in the acoustics of the exposed structure space.

Helps ensure speech privacy

An ACOUSTIBuilt ceiling cloud installed above the firm’s ‘business lounge’ reduces noise in the busy space. “That is a perfect example of how we used this product to create a space that would be more conducive to having a large group of people at one time and not have an issue of an echo,” says O’Rourke.

In the ‘living room,’ the office space O’Rourke shares with her business partner and CEO Keith Spina, the ACOUSTIBuilt ceiling makes it possible for the two executives to work in the space without disturbing each other. “We would not have been able to do that with a drywall ceiling,” she explains. The ceiling also helps ensure speech privacy by preventing sound from entering the adjacent space occupied by the design team. “We are right next to the studio,” says O’Rourke, “yet we can have conversations that stay contained in our office area.”

“The crisp, finished look is exactly what we wanted,” she adds, “and definitely rivals conventional drywall with its acoustic control and true drywall appearance.”

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