Chicago Metallic® EuroStone® Sustainable Ceiling Panels Offer Acoustics and Aesthetics in Custom Designs


(Chicago) - Chicago Metallic® Corporation's EuroStone® Sustainable Ceiling Panels provide acoustical performance, environmental responsibility and long-term durability in high-performance buildings. In addition, EuroStone panels receive high marks for aesthetics with a range of finishes, edge details, patterns and custom-embossed designs.

"Maximizing indoor environmental quality, while reducing concerns about microorganism contamination and Sick Building Syndrome, are important issues in commercial building design. That's why EuroStone Sustainable Ceiling Panels are the product of choice for healthy buildings around the world," says Brooks Williams, Chicago Metallic's marketing manager, acoustical ceiling panels.

In support of indoor environmental quality, EuroStone panels are made from an inorganic blend of volcanic stone, and inorganic binders. They contain no volatile organic compounds (no VOCs), surface coatings or biocides. EuroStone panels are composed of non-hazardous and non-fibrous materials. The panels' inherent properties ensure they will not warp, sag in high temperature and humidity environments. They are fire-resistant and will not burn, smoke or contribute fuel to a fire or high temperate condition.

EuroStone panels, backed by a 40-year limited lifetime warranty, have been time-tested in challenging climates and applications, such as in sporting arenas and swimming centers, locker rooms and restrooms, laboratories and health facilities, offshore platforms and coastal settings, passenger and cargo ships.

"EuroStone's unmatched safety characteristics were a major factor in securing U.S. Coast Guard Approval," adds Williams. "The panels maintain their high performance and a high-quality appearance throughout the life of the building - even in the most hostile of environments. At the end of its useful life, EuroStone is 100% recyclable."

Along with the product's recyclability, material composition and durability, EuroStone ceiling panels can achieve Noise Reduction Coefficients up to 0.65 and have a published light reflectance of 0.76. The benefits of quiet, daylit interiors are recognized qualities of healthy buildings and may contribute to multiple categories in the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED® Rating Systems.

For Iowa State Laboratories' LEED certified building, HDR Architecture's team specified EuroStone in the Terric fine textured surface. "It's good. I like the product," said Taylor Dueker, HDR's vice president. "We're very interested in sustainable design. We used EuroStone in our own office in 1999, and we've been happy with it."

Other examples of EuroStone Ceiling Panels can be seen in Chicago Metallic's own corporate headquarters and in such notable projects as:

· Chicago's DePaul University's Ray Meyer Center

· Illinois' Merle Norman Cosmetics' store

· University of South Carolina's Williams-Brice Stadium

· Miami Dolphins' Sun Life Stadium

· Mexico City's Grupo Imagen office building

· University of Texas' Health Science Center

· Houston Astros' Minute Maid Park

· Frisco Conference Center, Texas

· Bally Total Fitness, North Dallas Texas

For Bally Total Fitness(TM) in North Dallas, architects at Chipman Adams Ltd. selected EuroStone with the Novum fine textured surface. "Choosing the right ceiling panel was critical to surviving in high humidity environments," said Burt Andrews, Chipman Adams' vice president. "If you put in just any mineral fiber ceiling panel, it would belly and stain and look awful. In a matter of months the panels would absorb enough water to fall out of the suspension grid. We didn't just need a high-humidity-resistant panel, we needed one that could sustain getting wet. EuroStone is not affected by water or humidity."

EuroStone panels are available in 24-by-24 inches for installation into standard 15/16-inch and 9/16-inch ceiling suspension grid systems. In addition to wall-to-wall applications, EuroStone acoustical panels integrate with Infinity(TM) Perimeter Trim to create clouds and canopies, circles and triangles in nearly unlimited configurations.

Assisting with design and installation details, LEED documentation, cutting and handling recommendations, cleaning and maintenance instructions, project case studies and other resources also are on demand at www.chicagometallic.com.

About Chicago Metallic Corporation

Chicago Metallic Corporation is a global provider of architectural building products and services, including metal panels and ceiling systems, suspended grid systems, and acoustical and sustainable ceiling panels. Its manufacturing facilities and distribution channels are located throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Building on a legacy that began in 1893, the people at Chicago Metallic Corporation create enduring relationships and quality products that stand the test of time. With pride in craftsmanship, commitment to customers, and an eye on the future, the company continues to benefit from a culture where people are valued above all else. Learn more by visiting www.chicagometallic.com.

Media Contact: Heather West, 612-724-8760, heather@heatherwestpr.com

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