The problem with noisy multi-purpose rooms

A multi-purpose room includes a small gymnasium, meeting space or even the mixed demands of a non-worship space within a House of Worship. These require that the room be flexible and versatile. What may be a ‘crying room’ during the service could be a study area, a small group meeting area or a counselling setting during the week. Sound reflecting off the hard walls and ceilings within these rooms often makes the environment challenging for communication and privacy. The volume of speech needs to increase to rise above the base noise level created by the echo and reverberation in the space. This rise in volume becomes an issue for both the sound in the room and privacy outside. Factors such as HVAC systems and other building noise all contribute to the noise floor. This base noise floor volume is amplified when combined with the reverberation of the space and the problem exacerbates as folks raise their voices to communicate above the din.

How can Primacoustic help you?

Bringing the reverberant energy in the room down prevents the volume of sound from building up and creating a wall of sound. As little as 17% of the wall surface being covered with Broadway™ 1″ thick acoustic panels will create a warm acoustical environment – free from the buildup of sound energy. As the base level volume decreases, the need to speak loudly or stridently also decreases. Then – as there is less volume to contain – privacy issues become less of a concern. By speaking in a more pleasant, conversational tone, the nuances of the intention are far more accurate and less prone to misinterpretation. The acoustically treated room becomes a more versatile and usable space. Teaching, small group study, board meetings and counselling are some of the many functions that will benefit from an improved acoustic environment. Reducing the reverberant field will enhance VOIP/SKYPE calls, remote presentations and hands-free calls with clear articulate audio and help the end user clearly understand the presented content. In a “crying room” scenario, a lower noise level creates a calm, soothing environment that helps lower stress levels.  Should privacy be a concern, this can be addressed by retrofitting low-density T-Bar ceiling tiles with ThunderTiles™. These high density glass wool panels are laminated with a heavy gypsum backing board that together, absorb and block sound from traveling through the plenum into adjacent rooms.

Executive Summary

  • Allows the multi-function rooms to perform various tasks
  • Creates a calmer and less stressful environment
  • More controlled acoustic environment improves communication
  • Passive technology is never obsolete, never requires service
  • Easy to install, can be done by volunteers