Category Archive: Schools & Education
In this ongoing blog series, the acoustic experts of ASI will detail common noise concerns of different environments and offer solutions to resolve any issues. This month’s edition of What’s That Noise? focuses on gymnasiums—wide-open spaces that are highly conducive to generating echoes and reverberation. Upon entering a gymnasium, the first thing that people notice—almost […]
An article came out earlier this year titled “Noise is No. 1 Quality-of-Life Complaint in NYC” by Verena Dobnik, and I wanted to contribute some basic solutions for noise reduction to mitigate some of the complaints listed in the article.
I run a daycare facility that includes a small gym for games, running around, etc. The problem is the echo–it’s almost unbearable!
Teachers and administrators researching acoustical treatment for classrooms, cafeterias, common areas, etc. often contact us for help, and summer and winter breaks are usually the best times to make improvements.
The nature of a gym with it’s hard floors, concrete or drywall walls and (generally) metal ceilings are the epitome an echo chamber. They are always fairly large or very large rooms and are used by people doing loud things. So, acoustical treatment of the gym is usually necessary and always makes the room more comfortable.
Sound quality and understanding speech in a classroom environment is obviously something of importance. If students are not able to clearly hear instruction in a classroom they are not able to learn – or learn nearly as effectively as they should […]
“We have a new training room that has the following dimensions: 8′ High, 40′ Long, & 18′ Wide. The walls are dry wall, the ceiling has the typical tiles, and the floor is concrete covered by thin vinyl tiles. Also, one 40′ long wall has a white board all the way across it. The echoes are quite awful in this room. What would you recommend doing to reduce the noise?” Taking care of the echo in the room is actually quite simple, but there are a few options […]
Up until a few years ago, my mother had been the administrator for a few daycares for years and years. I had a pretty good idea in mind as to what you were dealing with in terms of room type, but the images were a good confirmation. Because of my familiarity with your types of business, I have a pretty good idea where you are coming from both visually and aesthetically […]
Cafeterias are generally extremely loud places, so the situation is quite normal. Stuff a bunch of kids into a concrete room and even though they’re supposed to be filling their mouths, the noise level will be ear splitting. These cafeterias are almost always made out of vinyl tile flooring and painted concrete block walls, both extremely reflective surfaces. Noisy kids plus reflective surfaces equals headaches […]
A school in Alabama reported a substantial echo problem in their gymnasium. Like most gyms, this room was not only very large, but consisted of nearly all hard surfaces. Panels were installed that were not only cost effective and acoustically absorbent, but he worked with them to create a very unique and great looking aesthetic […]