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Hospitable

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Hospitals can be noisy environments. To temper this, special attention needs to be given to acoustic insulation.

Potter Interior Systems and USG supplied its DONN brand suspended grid for certain ceilings throughout the new Auckland City Hospital. The grid, manufactured and engineered in New Zealand to meet stringent seismic conditions, is a two-way suspended system that supports lay-in acoustic ceiling tiles.

The USG steel stud and track system was also used extensively for the interior walls of the project, says Potter Interior Systems sales manager Leigh Gainfort. The USG system is the only system with BIA accreditation and is manufactured under the ISO9001:2000 Quality Assurance standard.

"The steel stud system has a number of advantages for both commercial and residential applications. It's New Zealand made so long-term maintenance is enhanced by local supply," says Gainfort.

"Compared to timber, the steel system offers stability which minimises cracking of plasterboard joints because it does not twist, warp or rot. Other advantages include design flexibility and ease of handling by tradesmen, thanks to its inherent light weight."

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The studs supplied to the new Auckland City Hospital project were specifically designed and engineered to meet local construction requirements, and adhere to New Zealand standards and the New Zealand Building code. A major challenge was to ensure the holes in the stud were positioned correctly to meet the hospital's many service requirements, says Gainfort.

For further information, contact Potter Interior Systems Auckland, phone (09) 579 1338; Wellington, phone (04) 568 8855; Christchurch, phone (03) 338 8763. Website:www.potters.co.nz .

First published date: 12 October 2003

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