The beauty of wood has long been appreciated for architectural ceiling and walls. Yet, the specialized millwork skills and tools required for high quality projects have, too often, excluded ceiling and acoustical system contractors from bidding wood projects. Fabricated from plywood or particleboard, traditional wood panels are also heavy and difficult to install or to remove for above-ceiling access.
Significant changes during the past decade, however, have led to new fabrication techniques and products complementing traditional millwork. These new materials extend the range of applications in which wood can satisfy the changing aesthetic and functional requirements of contemporary architecture.