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CertainTeed Ceilings Wins CISCA Awards for Construction Excellence


Awards Showcase Product Solutions for Outstanding Environmental Acoustics™ Design

(Valley Forge, Pa.) – CertainTeed Ceilings was recently honored at the 2014 Ceilings and Interior Systems Construction Association (CISCA) Convention in Las Vegas, receiving three Construction Excellence Awards for projects utilizing the company's Decoustics custom acoustic solutions. The award-winning projects serve as a showcase for manufacturers in the interiors industry, demonstrating how CertainTeed ceilings deliver the architect's and property owner's vision and contribute to Environmental Acoustics™ Design.

In the Ceilings category, CertainTeed received a Gold award for the new Eaton Corporation North American headquarters in Beachwood, Ohio. The company also earned a Silver award in the Acoustical Solutions category for the new Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning at Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children. Additionally, Decoustics garnered a Bronze award in Interior Finishes for the design of a new food court at Temple University in Philadelphia.

"While each of these projects presented unique challenges, the end goal was the same—create inviting, comfortable environments where people can thrive," said Christian Kellett, director of sales and marketing for Decoustics. "Whether seeking to bolster employee engagement, creating peaceful healing environments, or building a community space where people gather to share thoughts and a meal, these award-winning projects showcase the ideal intersection of design and acoustics."

To achieve the complex interior design of the new Eaton headquarters, Pickard Chilton Architects, Inc., of New Haven, Conn., specified a custom Ceilencio® suspension system with Quadrillo® wood-veneer and Claro® fiberglass ceiling panels, all from Decoustics. Manufactured to project specifications, the ceiling system creates a dynamic look while conforming to the crescent-like curves of the building. Also, the panels bring exceptional light distribution and acoustic control, helping to maximize employee productivity. Additionally, the custom suspension grid and butterfly clips provide the extra support needed for large panel-integrated light fixtures and speakers, as well as easy maintenance access.

To attract both students and passers by to a new two-story food court at Temple University, MGA Partners Architects, of Philadelphia, created a complex geometric ceiling using a custom Ceilencio suspension system and triangular Claro panels. The undulating ceiling provides visual interest during the day and a striking lighting element when seen from outside at night. It also establishes sound acoustics that enable conversation among diners, and is downwardly accessible for routine maintenance.

A similar mix of custom acoustic solutions provided the sound absorption and light distribution needed to inspire collaborative research and patient comfort at the new, 21-story Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning. Toronto-based Diamond Schmitt Architects selected the products for the building's vibrant open spaces, as well as its laboratories and classrooms. The Claro fiberglass ceiling panels' superior acoustical performance was ideal for establishing a quiet, restful environment for patients and their families, while also fostering collaboration among physicians and staff.

CertainTeed Ceilings is a strong supporter and sponsor of the CISCA trade association. This year, the company sponsored the CISCA Convention Welcome Reception, the Emerging Leaders Reception, the Awards Ceremony Breakfast Program and the esteemed Contractor's Award. Additionally, CertainTeed was a Silver Level sponsor of INTEX Expo.

CISCA is a trade association uniquely dedicated to serving the acoustical and specialty ceilings and interior finishes industry. CISCA provides market-driven solutions including dynamic networking, quality education, accessible resources and expert technical guidelines to enhance the success and profitability of its members. For more information, visit

INTEX Expo is managed by the Association of the Wall and Ceiling Industry (AWCI) and co-sponsored by CISCA. For more information, visit

About CertainTeed

Through the responsible development of innovative and sustainable building products, CertainTeed, headquartered in Valley Forge, Pa., has helped shape the building products industry for more than 100 years. Founded in 1904 as General Roofing Manufacturing Company, the firm's slogan "Quality Made Certain, Satisfaction Guaranteed," quickly inspired the name CertainTeed. Today, CertainTeed® is North America’s leading brand of exterior and interior building products, including roofing, siding, fence, decking, railing, trim, insulation, gypsum and ceilings.

A subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, the world's largest building products company, CertainTeed and its affiliates have more than 5,700 employees and more than 60 manufacturing facilities throughout the United States and Canada. For five consecutive years, the company has received top honors from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its contributions in protecting the environment and was most recently the recipient of the 2013 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award. The group had total sales of approximately $3.3 billion in 2013.