Case Study: Grand River Station

February 12, 2014

Awarded Project of the Year in 2010, La Crosse’s Grand River Station transit center was one of Wisconsin’s top public works projects. The $30 million transportation center was a joint development project in historic La Cross. A completely unique space, not only is the building a bus and train terminal, but it also boasts an impressive 12,000 square feet commercial space, parking facility and three floors of apartments in the upper levels. A beautiful barrel vault tin ceiling was incorporated an historic reference point of the passenger waiting area.

Pattern/Colors Installed: Pattern #2 in Brushed Satin Nickel

Did you consider any other materials? If so, which ones?
The decision to use a tin ceiling was made at the beginning and no other materials were considered. This was the material and look that we were after.

Approximately how much research did you do ahead of time?
We spent several weeks studying historic train station design and interior materials. As one of the earliest forms of mass transit in America, we wanted to pay tribute to it’s glory days.

How did you find out about the American Tin Ceiling Company?
Web-based search.

Which installation type did you purchase (Snaplock, Nailup, etc.)? Was it as easy as they explained?
Nailup, which is the traditional tin ceiling tile installation that has been around for 130 years.

From the design team’s perspective, the installation could have gone a been a bit smoother. We were concerned about how the material should be supported and if we could achieve the proper appearance on a vaulted ceiling. Should we specify a lattice like suppport framework or drywall surface? Drywall was not easy to install on a curved surface.

Are you happy with the purchase/would you use it again?
We love the final product’s appearance for a striking barrel vault ceiling. American Tin Ceilings had great project management and we would definitely use them again!


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