The School of Visual Arts engaged New York architecture and interior design firm Spacesmith, LLP to design the remodeling of a 5,000 square-foot space. The centerpiece of the institute’s new MFA Design for Social Innovation Department is a 55-seat radial auditorium with audio-visual capabilities. Aesthetical excellence and a good acoustical strategy were crucial for creating an effective learning environment.
Spacesmith consulted CertainTeed Ceilings for help in selecting acoustical wall and ceiling materials. For the horizontal band around the auditorium, the architect chose Gyptone® BIG™ Sixto 65, a new large-format perforated gypsum acoustical panel, to provide the desired sound containment.
The project team was unfamiliar with bending ½-inch gypsum board and wasn’t sure it would be possible to achieve the 11.4-foot radius of the wall. Local CertainTeed sales representatives educated the project team, compiling an installation guide on how to create a curved wall and organizing an online meeting with the ceiling installer. Working on-site with the contractor, the team easily installed the 3-foot by 9-foot panels, dry bending them on-site to the radius requirements. Ecophon Solo™ free-hanging fi berglass ceiling clouds were hung in place of a traditional suspended ceiling to complement the auditorium’s radial design and augment sound absorption. CertainTeed and the project team devised a layout for 14 circular free-hanging ceiling panels that allow easy access to HVAC/mechanical equipment. Spacesmith specifi ed CertainTeed’s high sound transmission class (STC) Silent FX™ noisereducing gypsum board and Adagio™ fi berglass-mineral fi ber composite ceiling tile for superior acoustics and sound containment in the audiovisual editing suite. And, for the remaining faculty offi ces and a quiet study area, the fi rm selected Ecophon Focus E high-density fiberglass ceiling panels for their high sound absorption and light refl ectance. Rounding out the acoustic control and green design strategies, CertainTeed Sustainable Insulation™ fi berglass batts, featuring a renewable plant-based binding agent, were installed.
“The free-hanging Ecophon Solo ceiling panels provided a complementary design element to the open ceiling of the circular auditorium and minimized sound reverberation off the ceiling,” said Marc Gordon. “We really ended up with a solid team of wall and ceiling products on this project, and the client was very happy with the results.”
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