Problem Solver - August 2015
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Control Noise in the Gym

In addition to sports, gymnasiums can be used to host a variety of programs, from commencements to concerts and more. But with their poor acoustics, crowd noise can become a problem, and individual voices and sound can get lost. The good news is, with the right attention, you can address the problem and bring brilliant acoustics to these big spaces.

Q: We'd like to use our gymnasium to host many kinds of events, but we're worried about the acoustics. What should we consider?

A: The large volume and hard surfaces of the gymnasium can create poor acoustics, making it hard for people attending concerts and other events to hear individuals and creating a real noise problem at games and rallies, when the volume rises. You want to be sure that people can enjoy many different kinds of activities without deterioration of sound.

Acoustic panels can provide the necessary acoustic absorption to reduce reverb time in your gym to a level that will allow for multiple activities. Acoustic panels can be easily adjusted in terms of mounting distance from walls and ceiling, and can be tilted if needed to provide even better sound absorption.

Q: We are constructing a new gymnasium and want to be sure it can handle the acoustics of a wide variety of events. What should we know?

A: Because you're building a brand new facility, you're wise to be proactive about these types of problems. Using your architect's design, you can rely on acoustic testing via computer modeling to find any potential problems with the sound in your gymnasium. This will help you find a solution that will best suit your needs. Acoustic panels should be part of your design solution, as they will help control noise while adding a pleasant aesthetic to your space.

In addition to their eye-pleasing look, acoustic panels are highly durable, which means they can handle any flying basketballs or volleyballs.


Eckel Industries Inc.

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