Ceilings are too often treated as an afterthought in a large-scale building project. Yet without proper front-end planning, they can turn out to be a source of unneeded cost increases and schedule delays.
Good early-stage planning and pre-coordination of all services is key to a well-coordinated, functional, and aesthetically pleasing ceiling assembly. Proper design and specification steps include the following:
- Determine customer required services and ceiling functions.
- Calculate required space for each service, and allocate plenum space to assure all elements fit above the ceiling.
- Select ceiling material type (metal, mineral, wood) and functions, which include acoustical properties, light reflectivity characteristics, fire/smoke performance, cleanability, durability, and LEED inputs.
- Complete ceiling aesthetics choices, such as finishes, colors, prints, patterns, and modules.
- Narrow down ceiling system options, such as accessibility, weight, spanning capability, and dimensional tolerances.
- Specify suitable components to be integrated and verify coordination with chosen ceiling system.
- Link technical component specifications to the chosen ceiling system - often the key step in ensuring proper coordination.
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