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Motorola Complex Project Profile

When building the 500-seat auditorium of the massive Motorola complex in Schaumberg, IL, project architects wanted to take advantage of the wonderful view surrounding the property. This view prompted an unusual feature for this part of the facility: a stage backed by a south-facing wall of glass that overlooked the farmland beyond.  

Aesthetically, GEC, the company responsible for the design of the entire facility, wanted to reinforce the monolithic feeling of the roof by continuing the look of the zinc to the inside. To accomplish this they chose USG Celebration™ metal ceiling panels in silver satin to provide the sleek look they wanted, but also to meet the various acoustic and mechanical needs as well. Celebration™ solid aluminum panels were used where sound reflection was needed and Celebration™ perforated panels with Acoustibon™ backer was used where sound absorption was required. 

The result was the desired monolithic appearance, while the mix of perforated and solid panels gave a subtle graphic quality to the ceiling.

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People Involved

GEC Design Group

Just Rite Acoustics Inc. Contractor

M. Ecker & Co. Contractor

Project Scope

500-seat auditorium

Special Factors

Wanted to take advantage of and incorporate the location's stellar views.