Design is too personal to be threatened by schedule

  • Has schedule pressure ruined your design?
  • Surprised by long wood ceiling lead-times?
  • Ruled out custom stains as an option?
  • Forced to substitute a commodity product?
  • Off-the-shelf solutions compromising your design vision?
  • Faced unhappy clients with 11th hour redesign?

We make award-winning ceilings, on-time.

We care about your project design
and your client’s schedule.

  • More than 500 Fast>Track projects installed
  • More than 99% shipped on the day promised
  • More than 100 Fast>Track-eligible product options

FAST>TRACK in 4 Minutes

Schedule-proof your design and meet your client’s schedule. Specifying Fast>Track ensures delivery of your design intent, even for projects that seem to have plenty of time.

Product Series

1100 Cross Piece Grille

An elegant and practical system that is seismically compliant and simple to install and remove.

Species/Finishes

Clear Finish
Cherry Stain
Driftwood Stain
Ebony Stain
Fir Stain
Mahogany Stain
Maple Stain
Oak Stain
Teak Stain
Walnut Stain
Pickle Stain
White Opaque Stain
Black Opaque Stain
Custom Stain
SKU Net Member Size O.C. Spacing
1112-6 5⁄8" x 1-3⁄8" 2"
1112-8 5⁄8" x 1-3⁄8" 1-1⁄2"
1113-6 5⁄8" x 2-1⁄4" 2"
1114-4 5⁄8" x 3-1⁄4" 3"
1123-4 1-3⁄8" x 2-1⁄4" 3"
1124-3 1-3⁄8" x 3-1⁄4" 4"
Species Nominal Lengths
Western Hemlock
(Solid, Clear, Mixed Grain)
4′ to 12′
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2100 Panelized Linear

Stunning results, seismic compliance and straightforward installation.

Species/Finishes

Clear Finish
Cherry Stain
Driftwood Stain
Ebony Stain
Fir Stain
Mahogany Stain
Maple Stain
Oak Stain
Teak Stain
Walnut Stain
Pickle Stain
White Opaque Stain
Black Opaque Stain
Custom Stain
SKU Net Member Size O.C. Spacing
2114-3 5⁄8" x 3-1⁄4" 4"
Species Nominal Lengths
Western Hemlock
(Solid, Clear, Mixed Grain)
4′ to 12′
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2300 Continuous Linear

Budget-friendly system with clean, uninterrupted lines and reveals for acoustics. Fast progressive installation delivered thanks to our Speed-Lock clips.

Species/Finishes

Cherry
White Oak
Walnut
White Maple
Custom Stain
SKU Net Member Size O.C. Spacing
2314-3 3⁄4" x 3-1⁄4" 4"
2316-2 3⁄4" x 5-1⁄4" 6"
Species Nominal Lengths
Cherry, White Maple, White Oak, or Walnut Veneer 4′ to 12′
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2400 T & G Linear

The random lengths and joints of this tongue & groove celebrates the traditional feel of solid wood.

Species/Finishes

Clear Finish
Cherry Stain
Driftwood Stain
Ebony Stain
Fir Stain
Mahogany Stain
Maple Stain
Oak Stain
Teak Stain
Walnut Stain
Pickle Stain
White Opaque Stain
Black Opaque Stain
Custom Stain
SKU Net Member Size O.C. Spacing
2414-4 5⁄8" x 3-1⁄4" (3" Face) 3"
Species Nominal Lengths
Western Hemlock
(Solid, Clear, Mixed Grain)
4′ to 8'
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0100 Trim

Vertical return trim gives your project a finished look. Available in solid Western Hemlock in a variety of tones.

Species/Finishes

Clear Finish
Cherry Stain
Driftwood Stain
Ebony Stain
Fir Stain
Mahogany Stain
Maple Stain
Oak Stain
Teak Stain
Walnut Stain
Pickle Stain
White Opaque Stain
Black Opaque Stain
Custom Stain
SKU Net Member Size
0100-14 5⁄8" x 3-1⁄4"
0100-16 3⁄4" x 5-1⁄4"
Species Nominal Lengths
Western Hemlock
(Solid, Clear, Mixed Grain)
8'
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How it works

  • 1. Select your species/finish

  • 2. Choose your SKU

  • 3. Create your spec

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What Makes Fast>Track So Different?

It’s guaranteed. If we miss our promised ship date, we will refund 5% of the shipment’s value for every business day late up to the full value. These are not off-the-shelf products. These are custom wood ceilings in 3-6 weeks—including shop drawings and submittal samples. Why focus on schedule?

Architects and Designers love wood, and they like to design wood ceilings into their spaces. What stops them? Budget and schedule.

Of the two, schedule is the most dangerous. Designers often don’t think about it—until it’s too late.

(Real) Lead-Times

A typical wood ceiling requires 8-10 weeks to make. This includes raw material procurement and fabrication. But that’s only half of the real lead-time. Since these are custom-made for each individual space, they can’t be off-the-shelf products. This means the approval process is not a formality, it’s a critical design step. Shop Drawings and Submittal Samples are required to translate the design intent into fit-for-use materials. This approval process ADDS another 8-10 weeks to the overall schedule! That’s 16 weeks minimum from the start of Submittals--and this doesn’t include installation time. (And of course, more complex projects require more time).

Two Solutions (Conventional and Fast>Track)

Conventionally, the construction team can carve out months in the GC’s schedule to accommodate these long lead-times for approvals, fabrication and installation. This is how most design teams attempt to pull off specialty finishes. The problem is, it often doesn’t work. Project managers find it difficult to keep track of long lead-time items—particularly toward the end of the project. The unhappy result is a compromised design: Off-the-shelf non-wood products are substituted to stay on schedule.

Fast>Track takes a different approach. For eight years, 9Wood looked for another solution. Off the shelf was not the answer. Wood’s virtue is its rich pallet of species, stains, textures, and sizes all configured to a unique space. We felt off-the-shelf is too great a constraint on Designers. (And besides, we just don’t have a passion for the commodity business.) We wanted to help architects and designers create truly custom wood ceilings, but with a very fast turnaround. To find the solution, we took applications from the Theory of Constraints. In 2016 we launched the Fast>Track program. Because these are not off-the shelf products, they still require Submittal Samples and Shop Drawings. We just figured out a way to do it all in 3-6 weeks.

A Solution Backed with a Guarantee

Talk is cheap. To back up this short lead-time claim, we developed the industry’s only on-time guarantee for custom finishes: We promise to ship on a specific day 3-6 weeks out. If we are late, we will refund 5% of the shipment value each day until we ship—up to the full shipment value. So far, we’ve shipped hundreds of projects and we’re 99.8% on-time—to the day!

The Power of Speed

If architects and designers want to use custom materials, they must consider schedule. Specifying products with fast production AND fast approvals protects custom designs. If there’s a chance your project won’t have the time required for typical custom materials, then specify a Fast>Track eligible style. For a small price premium, you’ll be able to hop into the express lane and keep your custom wood ceiling.

Budgets

It is true, wood ceilings are expensive when compared to Acoustic Ceiling Tile. Though we use standard suspension T-Bar grids to keep installation costs down, wood ceilings can range from $15-$30/SF (and up) without counting installation costs. Installation costs vary widely depending on the market, from $10 to $30/SF.

There are three main ways to stay on budget:

  1. Select the most budget friendly wood ceilings. For 9Wood, these are typically veneers in a linear or tile configuration. Certain common species are most economical, but designers still have an unlimited color pallet. We’ve invested in new finishing technology that allows us to provide custom stains at the same cost as our standard stains.
  2. Contact our Design Assist Specialists who can help find the path through all the options to keep your wood ceiling project from the VE Axe.
  3. Adjust the scope of the wood ceiling. Sometimes less is more. No wood ceiling is too small for 9Wood.
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  • 2. Choose your SKU
  • 3. Complete your spec
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  • Finish
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2.2 Specialty Wood Ceiling

A. Basis of Design: 9Wood Fast>Track (FT.9Wood.com)

  1. Wood Panels:
    1. Style:
    2. Species:
    3. Finish:
    4. SKU:
    5. Reveal Scrim:
    6. Panel Sizes:
    7. Fire Rating:
  2. Delivery: 3-6 week lead-time, including approvals, with a guaranteed ship date.

 

Why architects love Fast>Track

  • Hundreds of options and custom stains
  • Project-specific submittals
  • End-product looks beautiful

Why sub-contractors love Fast>Track

  • Headache-free ship dates, guaranteed
  • Standard installation with t-bar
  • Personalized project support

Why GCs love Fast>Track

  • Headache-free ship dates, guaranteed
  • Approvals assure product meets spec
  • Value for client’s investment