Museum, atrium, galleries, administrative areas, lobbies, cafeteria
Washington, D.C., USA
820,210 sq. ft. (76200 sq. m)
INTERIOR CONSTRUCTION COMPANY
C. J. Coakley Co., Inc.
Museum of news selected SQUARELINE for the product's distinct, transparent, unobstrusive appearnace
Custom, Black SQUARELINE Metal Ceiling Tiles
The Newseum, a museum of news in Washington, D.C., features 17,000 square feet of black SQUARELINE Ultra Metal Ceiling Tiles from pinta acoustic, inc. (formerly illbruck acoustic). SQUARELINE is in the main atrium, galleries, administrative areas, lobbies and cafeteria.
The Newseum, which opens April 11, 2008, selected custom black SQUARELINE Ultra Metal Ceiling Tiles for the product’s distinct, transparent, unobtrusive appearance.
“A central aesthetic focus in the Newseum is transparency, and black SQUARELINE ceiling tiles fit the look perfectly,” says Paul Gallagher from C.J. Coakley, the ceiling tile installation company. “SQUARELINE is a very sound-friendly solution because the open mesh pattern of the tiles allows sound to get trapped in the plenum space. A traditional metal hard ceiling would have created additional unwanted sound reverberation.”
The Newseum application included framed and frameless standard and custom-sized ceiling tiles. SQUARELINE Metal Ceiling Tiles were modified to accommodate strip light fixtures and structural posts and hooks to support suspended display objects and a video screen. Ceiling heights in the spaces where SQUARELINE was installed vary from 10 feet to 60 feet.
The 250,000-square-foot Newseum offers visitors an experience that blends five centuries of news history with state-of-the-art technology and hands-on exhibits. Located between the White House and the U.S. Capitol adjacent to the Smithsonian museums on the National Mall, the Newseum features a 74-foot-high marble engraving of the First Amendment on its exterior and an immense front wall of glass. On seven levels of galleries and theaters, museumgoers get behind-the-scenes experiences of how and why news is made.