Written by Kent Damschroder

Howard Theatre

Architect: Martinez + Johnson Architecture
Products featured: Concerto™ Wall System, Encore™ Acoustic Panels,  Custom Flat Panels ACGI products

Client: Howard Theatre Restoration
Year: 2012
Location: Washington, D.C., USA

Design, architectural influence, structural integrity, code considerations, manufacturing processes, construction time tables—all aspects of special consideration for the renovation of a prestigious landmark. To label this theater a standard performance hall is a shortsighted understatement. Steeped in cultural significance, it embodies over a century of heritage and national history, and after overcoming three decades of dilapidation, the restoration resurrected the soul of an icon. The specialized archways were accomplished with precision machine-cut factory panels, detailed installation layouts and factory-provided templates to enable the contractor to complete the wall installation

without field cuts. ACGI also designed and provided pre-curved metal trim extrusions to complement the assembly and installation. Twenty-four conical slip-matched walnut veneer panels on each side fashioned a curved, flared transition between the flanking feature walls. The proscenium ceiling required a factory-constructed full-size mockup of field conditions with individual panels manufactured to custom sizes. Also, mirror image conditions required similar, but opposite-hand, full-size mockups and unique panels. The result of close collaboration among a visionary architect, an experienced general contractor, master craftsmen, and qualified engineers was a spectacular venue.

To learn more, visit: ACGI Website


McGuire Woods LLP, Midlantic sales group
Written by Kent Damschroder

McGuire Woods LLP, Tysons Corner, Va.

McGuire Woods LLP, Midlantic sales group

Architect: Gensler

Products featured:
Decoustics Rondolo, Wall Mount, Direct Suspended

Attributes: Segments

Year: 2018

With the elegant look of wood and exceptional sound absorption, Rondolo* micro-perforated panels and planks are excellent for ceiling and wall applications. Rondolo*, having micro-perforations that virtually disappear at a distance, gives the appearance of a monolithic wood or wall installation.

Specifics on this product include: Class A fire rating on finished composite; NRC of up to .95; design flexibility; available in FSC C020536 certified wood; full access; and seismic certified.

A variety of wood veneers are available with a clear lacquer finish, custom stains and solid colors. These panels can be pre-curved and custom-engineered to a variety of shapes and sizes to enhance any space (minimum curving radius is 30” with a maximum width of 30” and 60” in length when using Ceilencio* suspension system. Larger sizes are available using other ceiling and wall mounting systems).

To learn more about these products, visit https://decoustics.com/

Mary D. Pretlow/Anchor Branch Library, Midlantic Sales Group
Written by Kent Damschroder

Mary D. Pretlow/Anchor Branch Library, Norfolk, Virginia

Mary D. Pretlow/Anchor Branch Library, Midlantic Sales Group

Architect: W. Ray Jennings

Product featured: Decoustics Fabric

Location: Main area

Decoustics offers a wide range of acoustical fabric products that provide superior noise absorption with customization possibilities, as well as a vast array of fabric colors, patterns and textures.

All fabrics are tested for durability and acoustical transparency to ensure required NRC levels and they also meet Class A Fire Rating.

For this project a standard 2’ x 2’ Tegular ceiling tile in a standard 15/16” suspension system was utilized throughout the bulk of the ceiling area to achieve the necessary sound control. The addition of the Decoustics fabric acoustical ceiling in the center maintains and compliments the sound absorption quality of the ceiling system while adding a boisterous and unique image to the quiet space.

A wide range of geometrical shapes, curved shapes, and also dome, cone and vault shapes are available.

With a maximum width of 48” (1.22m) and length of 120” (3.05m), custom sizes may be available depending on project scope and design criteria. Panels have a medium density fiberglass core. Thickness varies by panel type: ½” (13mm), ¾” (19mm), 1” (25mm), 1 ½” (38mm) and 2” (50mm).

To learn more, visit: Decoustics Website

USA Today Headquarters, McLean, Midlantic, Virginia
Written by Kent Damschroder

USA Today Headquarters, McLean, Virginia

Architect: Lehman Smith Mcleish

Product featured: Decoustics Quadrillo

Location: Auditorium and hallway

Highly custom Quadrillo ceiling, with solid millwork features, is aesthetically pleasing and offers a high NRC, with values up to 1.0 in some applications.

This fully engineered product can be customized to meet specific project and design requirements.

Quadrillo is available in a range of sizes and finishes and can be curved to a minimum outside radius of 16” (400 mm) or a minimum inside radius of 24” (600mm).

Acoustical absorption is achieved using unique perforations, combined with an acoustical core. Cores available in ¾” (19mm), 1” (25mm) and 2” (50mm).

Having a refined appearance, improved interior room acoustics, and providing high NRC values, Quadrillo enhances the look and acoustical performance of any interior space.
Features of Quadrillo include, but are not limited to, the following:

• A fire-rating of Class A on Finished Composite Product
• Has full access
• Seismic certified
• NAUF Core
• Air quality
• Offers numerous suspension and mounting options

Quadrillo is available in a variety of natural wood veneers, stains or paint finishes.

To learn more about this product, please visit https://decoustics.com/products/quadrillo/