Up-to-date Climate Control System
The 125 square metre conference room of a major Frankfurt Bank was to be fitted with an individual ceiling structure that meets the requirements of such a venue. The perfect ceiling solution desired was to integrate not only a climate control system, but also illumination elements and sound-absorbing functions as well as the required IT installations. A conference hall is designed for the communicative exchange of the people convening there and creating a comfortable atmosphere for them. Thus, their business surroundings are to be free from aggravating room climate conditions, such as poor air quality, or disagreeable, excessively cold or hot temperatures. Peak professional performance can only be achieved in bright rooms with optimised light conditions and perfect acoustics.
Before the dry construction contractor could install the new climate control system, a basis had to be created at first. The old ceiling structure had to be removed and everything exposed to make room for the installation. Construction work started in the sixth calendar week. A ceiling framework was installed to create a perfect foundation. Its essential features are compressive rigidity and stability. For only if the fundamental requirements are met from the beginning, a sound and flawless ceiling structure can be guaranteed.
The ceiling installed was a climate control ceiling with aluminium heat conducting profiles mounted onto a framework It guarantees absolute vibration resistance and withstands external influences. Perfect evenness is the precondition for mounting the ceiling panels later without any trouble because any discrepancy in height even in the millimetre range has an aggravating impact on the subsequent installation of the ceiling system. Nevertheless, the installation of a framework in practice does not always follow the same principle because the assembly of the single components requires very precise and perfect interaction. “Some clever modifications, however, such as for example the Vogl cross connector, help to simplify this job. All Vogl framework components make working overhead easier, for instance through their sophisticated, user-friendly ergonomic design and ease of handling”, Olaf Thiele, in charge of marketing and sales, puts it succinctly.
Type of object: Conference hall
Client: Major bank in Frankfurt
Vogl product: VoglToptec®Thermotec
Area: 125 m2
Completion: End of May 2009
Architect: In-house construction department of the Frankfurt bank
Dry construction contractor: Wiens & Söhne GmbH, Kelsterbach
Environmentally friendly and energy efficient
For the climate control system, which consists of triple-row cooling units, acoustic plaster system panels were used having a perforated area of 22.9 per cent and extreme sound absorption capacity. The suspension webs with aluminium heat conducting profiles and the meandering copper tube are suspended from the rigid CD framework which also carries the panel covering. The advantage: The diverse design options allow the system of cooling units to be installed into the desired position optimally and in a space-saving manner. This system supplies heated or chilled air to the room from above. The lighting strip was also mounted to this framework. A marginal note: This climate control system can naturally be used in floating ceilings as well. It is suitable for all areas that require low to medium cooling and heating loads. In order to achieve a closed ceiling surface and at the same time retain the acoustic function, the ceiling was wallpapered with a plaster base fleece and then coated with machine-applied acoustic plaster. For the conference hall, a grain size of up to 0.5 mm was chosen for the plaster so as to achieve a very finely textured ceiling finish.
The result is a harmonious interior of the conference hall and shows that there were no limits to either design or functionality. Particularly in times of climate change, it is a wise move to install such a climate control ceiling because of its resource-conserving and energy-efficient characteristics.