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CertainTeed’s Ceilings Business Wins CISCA Awards for Construction Excellence


(Valley Forge, Pa.) – CertainTeed Ceilings was honored at the 2013 Ceilings and Interior Systems Construction Association (CISCA) Convention in San Antonio, Texas on March 21, receiving three Construction Excellence Awards for projects utilizing the company's Decoustics custom acoustic solutions. The award-winning projects serve as a showcase for professionals in the interiors industry, demonstrating how CertainTeed’s ceilings systems achieve acoustically sound and sustainable environments for better healing, greater productivity and occupant comfort.

Decoustics custom ceilings received a Gold award in the Acoustical Solutions category for the new Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children in Birmingham, Ala., and a Bronze award in the Ceilings category for the remodel of Boston-based growth equity firm Summit Partners' office space. In the Boutique category, which recognizes unique interior projects less than 10,000 square feet, Decoustics earned Bronze honors for the new visitor center at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden in Brooklyn, NY.

"Decoustics' high-precision, custom-engineered solutions can help architects achieve any design they can dream up," said Christian Kellett, director of sales for CertainTeed Ceilings, Decoustics. "These three projects each presented unique challenges, but in the end the project teams were able to complete award-winning work with the help of our products."

For construction of two floors of the 785,000 sq. ft. Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children, the architect specified a Decoustics custom-designed Ceilencio suspension system with sound-absorbent Claro fiberglass ceiling panels to create curved interior walls. Claro's acoustically transparent coating provides superb sound absorption and the classic appearance of painted drywall or plaster. The panels' bright white finish also provides superior light reflectance, maximizing daylighting in the space. Strict precision during the engineering and design process was critical, as the slightest error would have thrown the ceiling off course and made it impossible for the panels to fit properly. However, detailed photographs and measurements using 3D laser technology enabled a flawless installation.

For Summit Partners' office remodel, the architect specified an eye-catching boardroom ceiling featuring a complex "sawtooth" pattern composed of V-shaped Quadrillo wood veneer acoustic ceiling panels in a custom Ceilencio suspension system. Quadrillo's unique patented perforation technology and high-performance core provide superior acoustics, and a number of available natural wood finishes make it an ideal solution for both ceiling and wall designs. The trapezoidal shape of the boardroom and the slope of the panels presented challenges, but Decoustics worked closely with the project team to complete the complex installation.

Taking inspiration from its surroundings, the ceiling design for the Brooklyn Botanical Garden's new visitor center atrium was designed to resemble a large, inverted, free-floating palm leaf, assembled from several sloping triangular Claro panels in a Ceilencio grid. The dramatic design was made possible by Ceilencio's individualized "butterfly" clips, which are custom engineered for each application to accommodate ceiling panels of any shape or size. As the space would be a premier event venue, Claro's high sound absorption and light reflectance helped ensure excellent acoustics and daylighting.

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

As experts in the science of sound, CertainTeed Ceilings serves as a single source for high-quality ceilings that create acoustically friendly, aesthetically captivating environments. Encompassing the Performa, Ecophon and Gyptone brands along with Decoustics — a leader in high-precision, custom-engineered solutions — the company offers the perfect balance of innovation, budget and beauty with products that range from basic high-performance panels to premium, customizable systems. Through its emphasis on Environmental Acoustics™ design and research, CertainTeed Ceilings provides solutions that promote healthier interiors, while having a smaller impact on the environment, which includes ceiling products with one of the highest concentrations of recycled content in the industry as well as a recycling program for used ceiling panels. The company is the first ceilings manufacturer to issue Environmental Product Declarations through UL Environment and The Green Standard. 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, foundations, pipe, insulation, gypsum, ceilings and access covers.

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 2012.