Frequently Asked Questions
What are the Cloud and Spline?
The Cloud is our integrated, plug-and-play, MEPFT ceiling appliance. The spline is the multi-trade, utility raceway that serves the devices on the Cloud.
What kinds of projects does Overcast support?
Overcast supports owner-occupied or large tenant in corporate office, higher education, non-acute healthcare, municipality, and life sciences projects. We support new builds and retrofits.
What are my options for form and fit?
We have a variety of finishes available that vary from hard/closed/wipeable surfaces to soft/absorptive surfaces in a large palette of color and finish options. Cloud sizes can vary depending on what the team is looking to accomplish from an acoustics and aesthetic standpoint. Sizes range from 4’x4’ to 6’x8’, and multiple Clouds can be connected together to create larger Cloud elements depending on the design intent.
Can Clouds be used in projects that are retrofits of existing buildings?
Yes! Cloud packaging is compact and we have a variety of dimensions to chose from to suit project specific loading requirements.
What is the potential first cost savings?
Typically, 15-30% of the overhead MEPFT systems budget, depending on system selection.
How does the Cloud and Spline approach contribute to speed of construction?
Increasing construction efficiency is the key attribute of our integrated smart solution. Our manufacturing process can happen simultaneously with the make-ready work happening on site. With just-in-time delivery, this offers laydown space back to the project, decreased traffic/activity to the job site, and quick ceiling system install. On average, Clouds house 4-5 devices per unit, and once fully staged, the Cloud install takes ~10 minutes to mount to the structure with its four points of connection. On average, this consolidated install takes 20% of the time and labor force needed in stick-built construction to install the same number of devices. And where the ceiling may not be on the project schedule’s critical path, it can add a buffer back in to the schedule, ultimately reducing schedule-related risk.
How long does it take to install the Cloud and Spline?
On average, once fully staged, the Cloud install takes ~10 minutes to mount to the structure with its four points of connection.
Who installs the Cloud?
Since the Cloud is a manufactured appliance, there is flexibility for who takes on the Cloud installation within the project team. Typical install teams would include carpenters, interior framers, drywallers, or ceiling contractors.
Can we update the Cloud later on down the road?
Yes! The Cloud is designed to be modular. That means that not only can it be relocated and reused, the devices and finish types can also be added/changed over time to evolve and continue to support the building’s changing needs.
How do you address seismic bracing?
In geographic areas that require seismic bracing, we provide a seismic mounting kit.
What NRC rating can be achieved with acoustic finish options? The standard ceiling products used previously are .85-.9 NRC.
The range of NRC we typically use in open-to-structure environments with high NRC requirements range from 0.75 to 1.15 depending on the finish selected. In suspended ceiling applications where the suspended ceiling provides absorptive area, we can select other finish materials with lower NRC values and still meet the acoustic space requirements.
Do Cloud panels have an inherent fire rating or is there a fire rating option available?
The Cloud structure is comprised of non-combustible materials and the majority of our finish specifications are Class A rated. A few specialty finishes in our palette have a Class B rating; however, these finishes still meet fire requirements, given that Clouds, to date, have been installed with a fire suppression system which allows Class B materials in the relevant spaces.