The problem with noisy community centers

Multiple spaces, multiple uses and multiple demographics using the same facilities can cause multiple challenges. However, from preschool aged children through to seniors, there is one common thread: communication. Communication is vital to education, entertainment and socialization. Rooms that are difficult to communicate in make these goals difficult to achieve and the users expend an abundance of energy just trying to hear or be heard. Larger spaces are overwhelmed with long echoes and never-ending reverberation that reflect off concrete walls, glass windows, tiled floors and metal roofs while smaller rooms are plagued with short slap echoes that ricochet on gypsum board, plaster walls and ceramics. In these reverberant spaces, sound energy builds up to the point where it over-excites the room. You end up with a massive wall of sound competing for the listener’s attention.  Turning up the volume with a PA system only makes matters worse. There is no escape path for the energy and you end up in a space that is not pleasing to be in. The result: Revenue generating rentals from weddings and corporate gatherings are dissuaded from returning.

How can Primacoustic help you?

Primacoustic provides cost-effective, simple to use and attractive solutions to address a variety of acoustical concerns. In most cases, absorbing sound energy is the key to creating the soundscape that provides effective communication.  By placing acoustic panels throughout the space and covering as little as 15% of the wall surface with 2” thick (5cm) Broadway™ panels, a room can be transformed from an unusable echo chamber into a classroom, yoga studio, music room, meeting space, reception hall or any other desired use. Panels are installed using Impalers™ and as easy to put us as hanging a picture. Once a room has been acoustically treated, it instantly becomes a more versatile and engaging space. Volume control as well as a balanced frequency response improves the intelligibility in any presentation.  In larger spaces, particularly where sound reinforcement is in use, the case for acoustic treatment is even more vital as the increase in energy directly affects the ability for the room to absorb the sound energy. Covering up to 25% of the wall surface area allows the source material to be heard and understood and for the sound system to perform to its full potential. A pleasing room, both aesthetically and acoustically, is a room that is better suited for a variety of programs, is used more often, and generates more income with returning clients and word of mouth by satisfied users. 

Executive Summary

  • Eliminates excessive reverberation, creates more comfortable environment
  • Lowers room noise which vastly improves intelligibility and communication
  • Enables the PA system to perform properly for greater enjoyment
  • Makes it easier for those that are hearing impaired to comprehend the message
  • Cost effective and easily installed by volunteers or maintenance staff
  • Better sound with more comfortable space increases rental space revenues