Suspended Ceiling (Alberta)

Centennial Place

Location: Calgary, Alberta
Contractor: Chinook Winds Interiors
Architects: Gibbs Gage; B&H Architects
Team: Canadian Acoustical Ceiling Supply, Kenroc, Winroc, Armstrong World Industries, CGC Inc.

Photo courtesy of NWCB
Wood ceiling elements can be found in Centennial Place.

Situated in Calgary’s central business district, Centennial Place is a two-tower complex with 1.2 million square feet of office space and other amenities. Designed to express a dynamic informality, Centennial Place brings together asymmetrical sculptural elements: lobby arrivals, top setbacks, canted walls, sloped roofs, layered glass and metal curtain walls.

The interior design also reflects the asymmetrical exterior, with multifaceted ceiling assemblies as key elements.

For the ceilings, Chinook Winds Interiors installed CGC Geometrix’s linear wedged metal panels, Norton perforated wood with acoustical backer, Armstrong Optima plank fiberglass, Armstrong Dune mineral fiber panels, and floating perimeter trims in both wood and metal. Each product had its own attributes but when combined at different elevations, or running in opposite directions, they served to complement the interior and exterior elements.

Almost every Norton wood ceiling was installed as a floating system, running adjacent to the one above, and complemented with a 4-inch wood perimeter trim.

The linear wedged-type ceiling panels were like a puzzle without a picture — every panel had a unique design while providing depth to the room. The Armstrong Optima plank panels were tilted on end, which complemented the design of the elongated board rooms.

Due to the nature of the plank-type panels and the overall design, it was impossible to install the grid and tile in two separate steps. With nearly zero clearance, the crews installed both the tile and the grid at the same time while capping it off with a metal perimeter trim.

Judge’s comment: “The low ceilings required that they be a main feature and detailed workmanship would be a must. The design, products used and those performing the work achieved the objective.”

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