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Charles River Associates

Boston architecture firm Elkus Manfredi was tasked with creating a new office for global consulting firm Charles River Associates in Chicago. A major feature of the proposal called for an expansive café and collaboration space for employees. Because of the complexity of the two proposed spaces, the design team needed to find a ceiling solution that could deliver superior acoustical performance in this high traffic area without compromising the contemporary aesthetic the client had requested.

The original specification called for an acoustical plaster ceiling, but this option was ultimately deemed to be too expensive. So, the building team began searching for a lower cost solution that could offer comparable performance. Pepper Construction, the contractor for this project, recommended USG Ensemble™ Acoustical Drywall Ceiling to the design team as a viable solution.

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Maggie McVay Office Manager Charles River Associates

Elkus Manfredi Architect

Project Scope

A major feature of the proposal called for an expansive café and collaboration space for employees.