14 great solutions
Welcome to the third installment of Building Design+Construction’s “Great Solutions,” highlighting 14 innovative technologies and products that you can put to work in your next project.
FREE-FORM FLOATING CEILING
Suspension technology uses aluminum to add drama to healthcare think tank
In 2011, the Building Team of SmithGroupJJR and DeMaria Building Company set out to recreate an old structure on Henry Ford Health System’s main hospital campus, in Detroit, into an innovation center, with the aim of integrating the building’s architectural heritage with the new innovation zone. The result: a new free-form, floating ceiling system, designed in partnership with Armstrong World Industries. A Revit 3D model was utilized to develop the suspension system, which is shaped into a folded plane and formed using articulated pieces. Aluminum extrusions replaced wood when the latter proved too heavy for use in the ceiling installation.