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Utilizing Chicago Metallic Suspended Ceiling Grid to Create High-Performing Spaces

When it comes to creating a polished space, it’s important to have materials that elevate the design without complicating the installation. Reliable and easy to install, Metro Interior Distributions highly recommends Rockfon’s Chicago Metallic® suspension ceiling systems. By combining the ceiling grid with Rockfon stone wool tiles and panels, contractors and builders in the New York Metro, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Delaware areas can achieve the ultimate high-performing ceiling that lasts for generations.

Perfectly suited for all market segments, Chicago Metallic suspended ceiling gird has been used in a variety of designs. To complement a traditional look, a 15/16” ceiling grid can be installed, and for a modern concealed/semi-concealed design, 9/16” grid options are available.

Suspension Ceilings in Education Builds

With schools looking to create environments that inspire young minds, every material selected for the ceiling design needs to contribute to the aesthetic goals. Available in an array of color options, including Color-All and RAL colors, Chicago Metallic suspended ceiling grid easily integrates with education space designs.

Project Spotlight: Cushing District Schools

Ceiling Grid Products Used: Chicago Metallic 4000 Tempra™ 9/16″

When the community sought to build a new school fieldhouse, Cushing School District knew they would need products that provided an attractive appearance without compromising durability and performance. To accomplish this, the team selected several Rockfon and Chicago Metallic products for the acoustic ceiling system.

For the fieldhouse, ceiling durability was a necessity, as the space needed to withstand constant student use. More than 600 Rockfon Planostile 2-by-2-foot galvanized steel ceiling panels with lay-in reveal edges were installed into the Chicago Metallic 4000 Tempra 9/16-inch suspension ceiling system. The panels and grid were both finished in Satin Silver to complete the polished look. Supporting up to 80 players, the new facility offers a football locker room, coaches’ offices, training room, video room, and storage.

Suspended Ceiling Grid Systems in Healthcare

Safety, cleanliness, and comfort often take priority in healthcare design. Selecting high-performing materials can support a healthy indoor environment and make healthcare facilities feel like a home-away-from-home. Since the metal in Chicago Metallic suspension systems contains no organic compounds that support mold and microbial growth, this suspended ceiling choice contributes to a healthy and durable healing environment.

Project Spotlight: Kaiser Permanente, Mission Bay Medical Offices

Ceiling Grid Products Used: Chicago Metallic® 4500 Ultraline™ 9/16″


Kaiser Permanente’s new medical office building looked to support sustainable design and construction, wellness of staff and visitors, and welcoming, flexible patient-centered care. Architects approved a variety of Rockfon and Chicago Metallic ceiling products to meet the project’s aesthetic and performance goals. Space features Rockfon Artic®, Alaska®, and Hygienic Plus™ acoustic stone wool ceiling panels and Chicago Metallic suspension systems, including 4500 Ultraline™ 9/16″.  A Chicago Metallic suspended ceiling grid meets a Class-A flame spread rating in accordance with ASTM standard E1264-08.

Acoustic Drop Ceiling Tiles in Office Applications

Available in both intermediate and heavy-duty designs and built with HDG 30 steel, the Chicago Metallic grid is versatile enough to be used in a vast array of office installations. From open offices to conference rooms, this suspended ceiling grid contributes to a cohesive design throughout the project.

Project Spotlight: Akamai Technologies Global Headquarters

Ceiling Grid Products Used: Chicago Metallic 4000 Tempra™ 9/16″

Akamai Technologies Global Headquarters in Cambridge, MA needed to enhance staff experiences with a productive, sustainable space. Utilizing several types of Rockfon acoustical ceiling tiles, the purpose-driven design incorporated colored acoustic stone wool tiles to denote public and private spaces. Depending on the floor and room, the Chicago Metallic ceiling suspension systems also were finished to match the panels’ colors.

Throughout the building, Allan Construction installed all of Rockfon’s stone wool ceiling panels using a Chicago Metallic suspended ceiling grid, including Chicago Metallic 4000 Tempra suspension systems. In total, more than 292,500 square feet of metal ceiling grid was installed. The suspension systems are manufactured with recycled content, and at the end of their useful life on a building, are 100% recyclable. Specifying recycled and recyclable materials further supported the building’s green goals, including USGBC LEED Gold and WELL certification.

Metro Interior Distributors is the Leading Supplier of Chicago Metallic Suspension Ceiling Grid Systems in New York and Beyond.

Metro was the first distributor in the New York area to carry Rockfon and Chicago Metallic suspended grid products, and we continue to be the tristate leader. Rockfon and Chicago Metallic offer an exceptionally high-quality product at much lower costs than other leading brands. When contractors and builders in New York, Long Island, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Delaware work with Metro, they can take advantage of our approach to value engineering that often includes the use of these exceptional suspended ceiling and acoustic ceiling products. Contact us today to find out how to make the Chicago Metallic ceiling grid a part of your next project.

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