Temple University Students Use Ecophon® Wall Panels To Solve Their Own Acoustical Crisis
Ringing ears, repeating their statements, and speaking louder just weren’t getting the teaching and learning accomplished in one of Temple University’s School of Architecture classrooms. So the students in the Facilities Management program presented their case, and CertainTeed Ceilings provided the education.
As a first step, employees of the company—Heather Wilmot, Bob Marshall and Thomas Callahan—met with the students to instruct them on acoustical issues in classrooms and the means available to address them.
The culprits in this classroom were soundwaves that strike the vertical surfaces of the classroom walls and bounce in a horizontal fashion, not unlike a ball in a racquetball game. Normally, the first place to look to solve this problem would be the ceiling, but in this case the ceiling sprinkler system ruled it out. Instead, CertainTeed recommended a vertical acoustical wall panel that is attractive, tackable, and addresses sound issues.
The students helped oversee the wall panel design process. CertainTeed Ceilings returned at a later date to work directly with the students in small teams, installing the panels in one afternoon.
“The students really enjoyed being a part of the installation. You could markedly feel and hear the difference in the room,” said Alana Dunoff, professor, Temple University, School of Architecture. “Just being able to speak without the ringing in my ears in particular, not having to ask someone to repeat what they were saying. It just has a whole calming effect on the entire environment.”
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