Commercial Architecture May 2017 - 30
Above. The ceiling panels were manufactured in triangular pods of three-to-six panels each with each pod representing a different plane or facet in the
ceiling. Each pod had its own suspension system and was pre-assembled with the suspension system attached.
Left. To prevent light from leaking through the corners where the ceiling pods intersect, star shapes were cut out of gasket material and installed above
the intersections to make sure light only comes through the perforations.
sign required for the 600-sq.-ft. ceiling. "This was a
worry about a multitude of hanging points and building
complex geometric design," stated Armstrong design en-
a spider-web ceiling grid, one piece at a time, the contrac-
To prevent light from leaking through the corners of
gineer Dan Holdridge, who worked with Gensler on the
tor only had to worry about the elevations where a group
the ceiling pods, the contractor installed extra gasketing.
project. "There were approximately 160 ceiling panels
of pods joined together," explained Holdridge.
"We cut star shapes out of the gasketing material and in-
with different sizes and shapes and each pod had its own
custom suspension system."
material around it, which gives it a cleaner look."
Months in advance of the actual installation, the con-
stalled them above where the corners of the triangles in-
tractor installed a plywood ceiling below the deck and
tersect to make sure the light only comes through the
The lantern visual was created by cutting triangu-
asked Solutions Center designers to plot every point of
lar-shaped perforations into the aluminum panels, pow-
suspension in AutoCAD. "[Armstrong Ceilings] indicat-
At one end of the bar, the lantern ceiling drops down
der-coating them with a bronze finish, and backing them
ed where every drop needed to be to suspend the ceiling
to meet a structural column encased in bronze millwork.
with custom Armstrong Infusions infill panels in a gold-
and put it in the drawing," explained Doxey. "Then, us-
"That was probably the most difficult part of the project,"
en-brown color. The Infusions panels have a paper-thin
ing our rotary-laser system, we were able to plot every
said Doxey. "The ceiling comes down and creates a reveal
ghost layer inside to help diffuse the light coming from
hanging point on the floor and transfer them to the ply-
around the millwork. We were working with an existing
LED fixtures behind the ceiling and provide the desired
wood ceiling. That took out a lot of the layout time. As a
structure that could not be moved so we had to make
result, we had all of our anchor points already secured
sure the ceiling would coordinate with it."
The panels were manufactured in triangular pods of
approximately three to six panels each with each pod rep-
through the plywood three months before we installed
JEWEL OF A CEILING
resenting a different plane or facet in the ceiling. Each
When installing the ceiling, the contractor suspended
Etihad was so pleased with the result that it replicated the
pod was 6 to 8 ft. in size. The ceiling is made up of about
the pods with a threaded-rod system and made adjust-
ceiling design in its lounge at Los Angeles International
ments to the heights as needed. "At that point, all we had
Airport and plans to make the lantern ceiling a hallmark
to do was crank the pods up and down until we got them
of its lounges in other destinations around the world. The
to the height on the drawing," added Doxey.
lantern ceiling won Gold in the Ceilings category, East
KEY TO SUCCESS
Key to the success of the project was the 3D model the
At the contractor's request, the You Inspire Solutions
Region, in the 2017 Ceilings & Interior Systems Con-
You Inspire Solutions Center created to help the architect
Center designers also incorporated 6-in.-dia. round metal
struction Association (CISCA) Construction Excellence
and client visualize what the ceiling would look like. The
panels into the ceiling-panel design where high-hat light
Awards. "The lantern ceiling has become the jewel-the
model also provided installation solutions by making it
fixtures would be installed. "We were able to drill through
showcase piece within the lounge-that ties together the
easier to understand how the ceiling would be suspended.
the solid material and center the light fixture on that,"
different elements in the Etihad brand," stated Johnson.
To facilitate installation, the ceiling pods were pre-as-
explained Doxey. "That way, we wouldn't have the effect
"This is what we set out to accomplish in our design vi-
sembled with the suspension systems attached. "That
where the fixture is half on a perforation or not. Instead,
sion. The team worked really hard to make sure the actual
made our job a whole lot easier," said Robert Doxey, proj-
the fixture has a nice half-inch border of the solid panel
installed piece maintained the integrity of that vision." CA
ect manager for Cord Contracting Co. Inc., Woodbury,
NY, who worked with Armstrong Ceilings to achieve the
best finished installation. "Then, basically, all we had to
do was bolt the pods together."
The pre-assembled ceiling pods were designed to automatically hang at the proper slope angles when bolted
together, greatly reducing the number of hanging points
the installer would need to locate. "Instead of having to
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