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Chanhassen High School

Chanhassen, MN United States


Project Description

Minnesota's 405,000 sq. foot high school designed by Perkins + Will (formerly Rozeboom Miller Architects) opened September 2009.

Complete with a new football stadium, 2 practice fields, 8 tennis courts, 650-seat theater, and open cafeteria, the $93 million campus also features 4 wings or "houses" allowing students to focus on core classes with one set of instructors for a two-year period.

The architect envisioned a warm, real-wood ceiling for Chanhassen's new high school. "We wanted to create a feeling of warmth, of an inviting atmosphere," Principal Paul McMahan told the Victoria Town Square, "We wanted to create something that reminded people more of a college campus building than a high school and I think we achieved that."

Hunter Douglas' aluminum linear Box 4 metal ceiling system, profile-wrapped with real-wood veneer, was chosen to capture the warmth and aesthetics of real wood while utilizing an economical system, with the long-lasting stability of metal and the low-impact environmental aspects of highly recycled content aluminum and wood flitches.

The use of warm wood tones, abundance of natural daylight and new fixtures throughout make Chanhassen's newest high school a good example of successful school design.


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Hunter Douglas Ceilings Box 4 Linear Metal Ceiling

The architects used 78,450 linear feat of Hunter Douglas Box 4 linear metal ceiling panels, “profile-wrapped” in wood veneer. The product offers a unique blend of extreme durability, warmth, and sustainability.

These features, plus the aesthetics of real wood, led to its installation at Chanhassen High School, where the product was chosen to provide a warm, real-wood ceiling for their new high school.

The profile-wrapped ceiling panel utilizes a thin wood veneer finish factory laminated to the aluminum ceiling panel. The profile-wrapped panels do not emit VOCs and the use of the aluminum substrate versus wood means no cracking, warping, rotting or splitting.

Additionally, to conserve raw material usage, especially with FSC, SFI constraints and more exotic species, profile wrapping uses 96 percent less wood, which is the difference between a standard ½ inch thick wood slat and the .020 inch veneer sliver of wood used for profile wrapping. Also, the wood veneer covers aluminum made from over 70 percent recycled content.



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