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(Chicago) -- Creating durable exterior soffits with clean continuous linear lines, Chicago Metallic® Corporation offers Planar®, PlanarPlus®, PlanarMacro® and MacroPlus™ linear metal ceiling systems. These ceiling systems’ strong aluminum panels are available in a variety of styles, thicknesses and finishes to present a unified appearance in both interior and exterior applications.
“Architects can rely on our linear metal ceiling systems to carry their intended design from a building’s interior through to the exterior soffits for a clean, unbroken look. Many designers like the continuity this provides, particularly in highly transparent buildings with large glass openings,” says Edward Williams, an IIDA affiliate, who serves as Chicago Metallic’s business unit manager, metal ceilings.
“Beyond appearances, there are very different performance requirements inside and outside a building,” cautions Williams. “Specific to exterior ceiling applications, it is important to request wind load technical data to ensure the system meets the necessary building codes and criteria. In addition, the selection of proper finishes is extremely important when using these systems in an exterior application.”
Chicago Metallic provides architects and engineers with a range of performance information to assist them when designing linear metal soffits to resist design wind pressures. Not only are linear metal ceiling systems engineered to resist wind, they also accommodate lighting, air diffusers and audio accessories. Noise Reduction Coefficients up to 0.95 can be achieved with acoustical backing material and perforations. Made of non-combustible material, these systems have a Class A fire rating.
Planar and PlanarPlus linear panels are nominally 4 inches wide and available with either round or square edges. PlanarMacro and MacroPlus linear panels are available 4-, 6 - or 8 inch widths. The metal panels may be specified in painted colors, reflective, anodized, and Chicago Metallic’s MetalWood® and WoodScenes® finishes. These systems may be installed as a flat ceiling or curved to form vaults and valleys.
With respect to green building criteria, the metal in Chicago Metallic’s ceiling systems contains no volatile organic compounds (VOCs), or any substance that would support the growth of mold. Further enhancing the environmental attributes, the systems and suspensions typically contain 100% post-consumer recycled content and are 100% locally recyclable.
The use of environmentally responsible building materials is a critical component of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® certification process. Supporting LEED goals and documentation, Chicago Metallic includes downloadable resources on its website. Assisting with design and installation details, CAD drawings, Google™ SketchUp models and Revit® 3-D models also are on demand at www.chicagometallic.com.