February 2021

BSM February 2021

Inside the February Issue

 

 

Ceiling Panels Satisfy Health and Safety Codes with Style

When the health department and the fire marshal have conflicting code requirements, it takes a product with special properties to satisfy both and still look attractive.

The popular Nestlé Toll House Café by Chip foodservice chain faced this problem with their new in-mall kiosk design, and found a solution by using Ceilume thermoformed ceiling panels. Not only did the ceiling system resolve the health and fire code conflict, but it also reduced construction costs and provided a distinctive, brand-enhancing appearance.

Nestlé Toll House Café by Chip recently upgraded its stand-alone kiosk design for shopping malls. It includes counter seating plus a 200-square-foot seating area in front of the kiosk, with convenient electrical outlets for smart phones and computers, free Wi-Fi, and digital menu boards. It is designed to be a destination and gathering place. Of the 18 kiosks under contract with mall-owner Rouse Properties, however, four required modifications to meet code.

“Health departments require roofs or canopies over kiosks located next to escalators or under balconies,” said Todd
Panchuk, construction manager for Crest Foods, franchisor of the Nestlé Toll House Café by Chip chain. The roofs protect food preparation and display areas against items thrown or dropped from above.

Fire codes, on the other hand, mandate that fire suppression sprinklers be able to protect areas under canopies. Conventional ceiling panels would block a mall’s existing sprinklers and require considerable expense to install additional sprinklers under canopies.

Kiosk designer and fabricator Ikoniq reconciled the conflict by using Ceilume drop-out ceiling panels that can be installed
beneath sprinklers. The panels are made of a special thermoformed material that softens at elevated temperatures.
When exposed to heat from a fire, the lightweight panels drop out of a conventional ceiling grid and allow sprinklers to
function properly.

“Drop-out panels were desirable so we could avoid sprinklers underneath the unit,” explains Ikoniq president Gregory
Swistak, adding that, “We liked the styles that were available and the idea that the panels are easy to clean and maintain.”

Christine Burgasser, project manager for Ikoniq, was present at the Colin Creek Mall in Plano, Texas when the first roofequipped kiosk was installed. She recalls that the fire marshal inspecting the project looked at the panels and quickly approved the kiosk. “He was like, ‘OK! All good!’”

Ceilume panels can be used in most types of buildings because they are Class A rated for surface burning characteristics
and approved or listed by UL, IAPMOUES, and other building safety organizations.

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