Cape Girardeau Public Library
In designing the Cape Girardeau, Mo. public library, the project architects were determined to achieve a striking visual yet maintain the necessary acoustics required for a library. The owner and architect desired a wave appearance in the main lobby instead of a traditional flat ceiling. This is no small feat for a drop ceiling that is required to maintain access for maintenance yet remain the primary source for acoustics in the room. To further complicate issues this same ceiling had to transition into a traditional flat ceiling in other areas of the building. Miller Drywall of Scott City, Missouri turned to Ceiling Supply and Armstrong to help solve the challenge. A mock-up was installed in the Ceiling Supply-Cape Girardeau warehouse and it was quickly determined that an undulating appearance could be gradually achieved through the slight segmentation of the grid .Coupled with a highly sound absorbent, yet flexible Optima ceiling tile by Armstrong, a wave-like appearance was completed to the owners delight in the lobby. Visitors to the library today, still remark about the uniqueness and beauty of the ceiling assembly.