Homasote DesignWall® Interior Panels Provide Cost-Effective Solution for Bank Renovation
When Fetterman Remodeling & Construction, LLC
owner, Michael Fetterman, was hired to update the
Curtice, Ohio branch of The National Bank of Oak
Harbor, the leading manufacturer of building products
made from recycled materials, Homasote, was first
on his list of materials.
"The bank had some minor renovations in the 1970s,
but really hadn't changed its look since then,"
said Fetterman. "They asked for my ideas and I
researched Homasote's interior products on the Web."
Fetterman soon found that DesignWall tackable
interior panels by Homasote provided a
perfect solution to creating more partitioned
workspaces within the bank while also
minimizing costs. DesignWall panels are
prefinished interior paneling composed of
Guilford of Maine® FR701 fabric laminated to 1/2"
N.C.F.R.® fire-rated structural Homasote fiberboard.
The result is a structural building board and
substrate for interior application, offering
resistance to moisture and noise penetration.
N.C.F.R. Homasote is made with 100 percent
recycled, all wood fiber material, uniformly
impregnated with non-toxic fire retardants.
These panels create a comfortable atmosphere
for a range of applications and provide durable,
superior push pin tackability, ideal for a
After learning that his local lumber dealer supplied
DesignWall, Fetterman and his team got to
work creating walls where none previously existed
in the bank. New partitions were framed to create a
new breakroom, new office spaces and new storage closets
for hallways and conference rooms. Opting for the Quartz
color, Fetterman and his team applied the 4' x 8' panels to
existing walls in the bank's hallways for a consistent look.
"The panels afforded us the opportunity to provide the
bank with a decorative, sound absorbing wall finish," said
Fetterman. "Because we could install the panels ourselves,
there was no need for a drywall or painting contractor to be
involved. It was easier for me not to have to coordinate the
work of two more subcontractors, but the bank executives
were also impressed with the cost-effectiveness and look of
In total, Fetterman's team used 39 sheets of DesignWall
to complete the project in late August of 2008. The bank
proudly showcased their renovations to the community
with an Open House in October.
"Everyone was very pleased with the way the project
turned out. It had been a while since the Curtice branch
was updated and the DesignWall panels gave us a great
new working atmosphere," commented Gary Macko,
president of The National Bank of Oak Harbor.
Homasote DesignWall is ideal for applications in a variety of
businesses just like The National Bank of Oak Harbor, as well
as schools, hospitals and homes. It is available in 4' x 8' and
4' x 10' sizes and three colors: Quartz, Blue Neutral and Grey.
DesignWall is certified for low emission indoor air quality by
the Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) and
is compliant with Leadership in Energy and Environmental