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Above and beyond – the new Genesis Energy Building features an acoustic tile ceiling from Forman Building Systems



As New Zealand's largest energy provider, Genesis Energy needed a new head office that would reflect its stature. An essential feature was a high-performance acoustic tile ceiling throughout the building in Greenlane, Auckland.

For this project, Forman Building Systems supplied a custom ceiling solution comprising 1800m2 of Armstrong aluminium top hat grid system, together with 1500mm x 500mm Armstrong Ultima K2C2 plank tiles, says marketing manager ceiling and wall systems Nick Molcisi.

"The main benefit of this grid-and-tile system is a high-performance, highly durable acoustic ceiling with some distinctive design-driven features. Interior fit-out architects Cheshire Architects had a clear design and vision in mind and fabricator Armstrong came up with this precision solution."

This ceiling also offers easy accessibility to services, allowing for speedy, cost-effective maintenance. In addition, the complex system has a custom seismic design to ensure it meets the latest New Zealand seismic code.

Forman Commercial Interiors, subcontracted to Alaska Interiors, was the installer on the Genesis ceilings. The tiles were to be laid in a chequerboard pattern, and the exacting design parameters made the project highly technical and labour intensive, says Forman Commercial Interiors northern area manager Shannon Outram.


"The most challenging aspect of the installation for us was getting all the material junctions and intersecting angles to align seamlessly. This was particularly important around service trenches where the ceiling plane on each side was coming in at different angles," says Outram. "The same high levels of precision were also vital around the curved partitions, where our aluminium perimeter trim needed to be curved and stretched to precisely follow the walls."

For details on Forman Building Systems, phone +64 9 276 4000. .

For information on Forman Commercial Interiors, phone +64 9 571 0511, or alternatively visit the

First published date: 31 March 2014

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