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Terminal C, John Wayne Airport, Santa Ana, Calif.

terminal_c_john_wayne_airportCompleted in November 2011, the project is a 282,000-square-foot extension of the existing terminal. Armstrong Ceiling and Wall Systems supplied more than 80,000 square feet of 30- by 82-inch MetalWorks Torsion Spring Custom Curved Ceiling Planks in a custom Cream Weave surface finish. The perforated planks are made up of 0.032-inch-thick aluminum and backed with a fiberglass infill to provide acoustical control. To help replicate the visual feel of the existing terminal, the design team included barrel-shaped metal ceilings in the main entrance check-in area, concourse area and baggage claim area of the new terminal.

The custom-curved metal planks enabled a variety of arch lengths to be used in shaping the semi-cylindrical ceiling designs. Planks with smaller radii are installed in the concourse area, while those with larger radii are used in the other public spaces, including the 70-foot-high vault in the baggage claim area.

According to David Loyola, Gensler principal and design director: "Metal ceilings are a good long-term solution for airports because the ceilings must last for decades. Most of the ceilings here are not easy to get to. The downward accessibility provided by the metal ceiling's torsion spring feature also makes it easier for the airport's operations staff."

"We wanted a clean, refined look in the ceiling that would not only be consistent with the architecture of the terminal but also highlight it," Loyola adds. "The butt edge detail of the metal planks provided us with the seamless look we were looking for." "It took a tremendous amount of work to make it happen, but the finished project looks exquisite," says Marty Hovivian of Martin Integrated. "We've installed a lot of metal ceilings, but this is the pinnacle. It's going to be hard to find a terminal that looks nicer than this one in terms of quality of construction and appearance. We wanted to make it a marquis job that lasts for decades, and we did."

Architect: Gensler, Los Angeles

Installer: Martin Integrated, Orange, Calif.

Metal ceiling panels: Armstrong Ceiling & Wall Systems, Lancaster, Pa.,,