Ceilings are one of the most visible architectural surfaces in many building interiors. Performance requirements for ceilings can be as complex as those required of walls, floors, and other finishes. Selecting the right product to use overhead should be seen as a wise investment in building performance.
The University of California Los Angeles’ (UCLA’s) Meyer and Renee Luskin Conference Center has set a new standard for sustainability. The $162-million building earned a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification.
Specifying ceiling materials to achieve the best level of sound absorption is the correct starting point. However, ceilings alone are not truly capable of blocking enough noise between rooms to provide privacy and avoid annoyance. Additional steps need to be taken, either with the walls or with the plenum barriers, for effective sound insulation and to ensure background sound levels are within the desired range.
In a Queen’s neighborhood in New York City, Murphy Burnham & Buttrick Architects (MBB) completed the expansion and renovation of one of the borough’s largest elementary schools. Doubling the size, they created a new building, learning spaces, and other community amenities in the crowded district.