Wood Ceilings in Performing Arts Centers

ACGI offers wood acoustical ceilings and wall systems that are not only pleasing to the eye, but can also project and control the sound within the room. There are a variety of sound systems that ACGI has that are able to elevate the performance. These sound systems can work with the performing arts in places such as educational buildings, museums, and theatres.

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Sound systems have three main categories that cover their properties and uses:




When reflection is wanted, the Flat Panel and Allegro systems are at the top of their respective fields by being aesthetically pleasing and the transfer between panels. 




ACGI has multiple strong systems for both walls and ceilings that can control  sound absorption.




There are different eye-catching systems that can be used to disperse sound to a larger, broader region. These work well with the other reflective and absorptive sound systems offered.

Allegro Curved Panel

The Allegro system uses large format panels that are curved to direct sounds based on the design architecturally and acoustically. It can be used on both walls and ceilings for all types of performances places. Since these panels reflect sound instead of absorb, the front of these panels are non-perforated. Acoustic insulation can be put on the back of panels to absorb non-directed sound, which will enhance the performance in the building. With a minimum six inch radius, the panels can be curved to be convex, concave, or serpentine. Based on the panel curvature, size, location, and space between the panels, the acoustics can be modified for the best acoustic performance for the room. The Allegro suspension system is fast and precise to install.


The Linear system can be either "Open" or "Closed." For the Linear Open system, the panels absorb sound by allowing it to pass between the planks. By installing 1-2 inches of acoustic insulation behind the planks, the NRC performance can be controlled. Since the insulation blankets are black, the insulation will hide the reveal.

On the other hand, the Linear Closed system creates diffusion by using planks without an open reveal. The use of a V-joint or a flat-bottom V-joint breaks the surface, so the sound can be diffused and spread around.

Flat Panel

The Flat Panel system can either be perforated or non-perforated. For the perforated Flat Panel system, it is absorptive and the NRC performance is based on the spacing between the holes. The NRC can be increased with the addition of acoustic insulation behind the panels. ACGI attaches acoustic fabric to the back of the panel to absorb more noise and to block light.

If the non-perforated wood are used, the Flat Panel system is reflective. Panels can be mounted at whatever angle is necessary to reflect the sound from the stage.


MicroPerf combines the beauty of the wood with the beauty of the sound. From a normal viewing distance, the micro-perforated wood looks as if it is non-perforated. Through the perforations, the sound can be absorbed. MicroPerf can be applied to both ceilings and walls, as well as curved or flat panels. Acoustic fabric can be attached to the back of the panel, which will increase the NRC performance.


Encore wood panels and planks bring beauty from sight and sound together for both walls and ceilings. The fine detailed grooves in the front and the perforations in the back work to take in the sound. Acoustic fabric can be put on the back of the panels as well to enhance the acoustical performance and block the reflecting light.

Encore Series 1

Encore Series 1 acoustical wood planks give the interior a monolithic look. Based on the preferred acoustical performance, the back of the planks can come with standard holes, over-sized holes, counter-bored holes, or no holes.

Encore Series 3

For composite panels, many people choose to use Encore Series 3. On the front, the grooves can either be continuous to the end of the panel, stopped to make a border, or it can be constructed with a perimeter frame. The back of the panel has perpendicular grooves. Encore Series 3 can also be curved panels.

Encore Series 5

Encore Series 5 uses the design and art of curved panels while also using the absorptive properties of other ACGI products. These panels can be factory curved to be convex, concave, or serpentine with custom sizes and radii. Encore Series 5 is the curved version of Encore Series 6.

Encore Series 6

Encore Series 6 incorporates multiple ceiling and wall applications. It is the panel version of Encore Series 1 planks. Encore Series 6 panels are normally edge banded and can be made in many custom sizes.

Encore Series 7

Encore Series 7 uses either wood planks or panels with a variety of groove sizes and spacing to absorb sound. On the back of the panels/planks, the saw penetrations can either be intermittent, parallel, or intersecting.

Encore Series 8

Encore Series 8 uses panels that use one visual front to absorb sound, all air flow, and work as speaker covers. Their face-grooved panels have a thin membrane in the front to make these applications all possible.


Open Grilles

Wood grilles give the warmth of a wood interior while also having acoustical performance. The grilles can have different configurations, wood species, and finishes. The open grille gives sound the ability to travel straight to the acoustic insulation behind the grille. The acoustic performance of wood grilles is determined by the acoustic insulation behind the panels. Normally, the medium behind the grille is fiberglass insulation in either bags, mats, or duct liner.

Micro Grilles

For some designs (especially walls), wood grilles with small blades are necessary; Micro Grilles were made to fit this format. Depending on the requirements, the Micro Grilles can either diffuse or absorb sound. By making the space between the blades narrower, the amount of open area decreases. This will lead to a lower NRC performance than on traditional wood grilles. Micro Grilles are best suited for when the panels have to accomplish NRC performance considerations, air flow, or speaker covers.

Encapsulated Grilles

Encapsulated grilles use wood grilles, but also wrap fabric around acoustical panels to control the sound within the room. The two pieces are factory made into one item. While making it simpler to install, the encapsulated grilles also give the warmth of a wood configuration. This setup is normally used for walls. There are a variety of options for the fabric-wrapped panels, and it will be the main contributor to the NRC performance.


Baffles are larger than Grilles, and have more uses. Depending on the project, they can be produced from solid wood or veneer using MDF, particle board, or fire-rated foam substrates.There are different panel options including size, thickness, spacing, and members per foot. For a curvilinear style, radiused backers or radiused baffles can be made.


With larger scale openings and larger blades, the Louver system sets the blades at an angle within the frame. By being angled, the blades can offer shade and air flow as well as it can block sight or sound from passing through the frame. If acoustic insulation is put behind the blades, the Louver system can accomodate NRC performance.


Rubato Panel Diffuser

While the sculptured face of the panels are beautiful, they are also made to diffuse sound by having bounce off at every angle. The pattern sculpted is unique to every project and can be made for the project at hand. While the Rubato Panel Diffuser is mainy used for walls and columns, it can also be applied to ceilings. This project is normally coated or painted over instead of covered in wood veneer due to the tailored pattern.

Toccata Linear Diffuser

The different depths of the moldings allow the sound to be broken up, and then sent back out to reach the rest of the room. It can be incorporated within a wall due to its matching trim of a plank system. Most of the wall does not need to include this system in order to control the flutter and echo. The planks in this system are made to match the millwork of the panels surrounding them. They are also trimmed to diffuse the sound in the certain way that the acoustician requires.  

Counterpoint Wave Panel

The Counterpoint Wave Panel uses geometric shapes to help diffuse sound toward a specific area of the room. The panels can either be installed vertically or horizontally to control the echo and flutter. The surface of the panels can be wood veneer, high pressure laminate, or a painted surface. Surfaces surrounding this system can be made with complimentary or contrasting materials. The system does not cover the whole surface. Instead, there needs to be only a small portion of the wall dedicated to the system in order to control the sound.

Concerto Wall System

The Concerto Wall System has multiple aluminum extrusions and reveal conditions in order to create a uniquely designed room. This system works with both ACGI's perforated and non-perforated panels. It offers the oppurtunity for standard, flat, curved, and custom panels through the flexibiltiy of the system.

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