Acoustics


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Acoustics

How the Right Acoustic Ceiling Can Improve a School's Performance

If there is not enough sound absorption in spaces for learning, they are overly loud, reverberant and stressful; not an environment conducive for effective education. Up to one of every four words cannot be understood by students in many classrooms, according to guidelines by the Acoustical Society of America.

Elementary students in a classroom working at their desks.

Classroom Components

Comfort Is Critical for Student Success. Here Are 3 Simple Factors to Consider.

Why address comfort in the design of a learning space? When students are physically comfortable, they’re more at ease: They can relax, block out negative thoughts and focus more effectively on instruction.

Carrie Busey Elementary School library carpet tile. Credit: Scott Berman

Components & Materials

It’s All in the Details: Walls, Ceilings and Floors

Walls, ceilings and floors, along with all interior and other building elements, must meet budgetary, acoustic, resilience, sustainability and maintenance requirements, with builders weighing such factors and others. Here are some ways that schools are making their interiors stand out.

colorful floor

Case Histories (Real-World Solutions)

Colorful floors. Quiet hallways.

How Interface LVT brought peace of mind to the Reading Friends school building

This article originally appeared in the School Planning & Management September 2019 issue of Spaces4Learning.

noisy classroom

Facilities (Walls, Ceilings & Floors)

The Noisy Classroom

This article originally appeared in the School Planning & Management September 2019 issue of Spaces4Learning.

Carnegie Mellon University

Facility Focus (Libraries / Learning Commons)

Carnegie Mellon University: Sorrell's Engineering & Science Library Renovation

This article originally appeared in the College Planning & Management July/August 2019 issue of Spaces4Learning.

Boston Univeristy School of Medicine

Facility Focus (Libraries / Learning Commons)

Boston University School of Medicine: Alumni Medical Library

This article originally appeared in the College Planning & Management July/August 2019 issue of Spaces4Learning.

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Case Histories (Real-World Solutions)

Undulating Ceiling Helps Quiet Noisy Cafeteria

This article originally appeared in the School Planning & Management April/May 2019 issue of Spaces4Learning.

Armstrong Tectum Direct-Attach acoustical panels

Case Histories (Real-World Solutions)

Direct-Attach Ceiling Panels Improve Acoustics

This article originally appeared in the College Planning & Management January/February 2019 issue of Spaces4Learning.

Resimericial Design

Facilities (Learning Spaces)

Resimercial Design

Creating learning environments that positively impact students.

This article originally appeared in the School Planning & Management June 2018 issue of Spaces4Learning.



Free Booklets Available On Classroom Acoustics

This article originally appeared in the School Planning & Management June 2018 issue of Spaces4Learning.

5 Steps to a More Sustainable School

Boys and Girls Club of Lancaster

Impact on Learning

Boys and Girls Club of Lancaster

This article originally appeared in the School Planning & Management March 2018 issue of Spaces4Learning.

Miami University

Impact on Learning

Miami University

This article originally appeared in the College Planning & Management March 2018 issue of Spaces4Learning.

Acoustical Considerations

Facilities (Learning Spaces)

Acoustical Considerations for 21st-Century K-12 Learning Environments

Today's educational trends require sound acoustical design.

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Hot Tips (Accoustics)

Flooring's Role in Acoustics

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Hot Tips (Acoustics)

Flooring's Affect on Noise Levels

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Ceiling Provides Aesthetics and Acoustics

Case Histories (Real-World Solutions)

Ceiling Provides Aesthetics and Acoustics

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There Can Be No Doubt

Facilities and the conditions of the learning environment have an effect on students and staff.

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Hear Clearly

I Can Hear Clearly Now

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audio enhancement systems

Facilities (Learning Spaces)

Did You Hear Me?

Using audio enhancement systems in the classroom.

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Hot Tips: Acoustics

Controlling Noise In Classrooms

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Hot Tips: Acoustics

Controlling Noise in Classrooms

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classroom acoustics and audiovisual design

Facilities (Campus Spaces)

Active Learning and Case Study Classrooms

Evolving classroom styles drive acoustics and audiovisual design.

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St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School

Impact on Learning

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School

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University of Western Ontario

Impact on Learning

University of Western Ontario

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Adelphi University Acoustic Panels

Case Histories (Real-World Solutions)

Acoustic Panels Reduce Noise and Boost Productivity

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Learning Environment Affects Students' and Teachers' Abilities

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Editor's Note (The View From Here)

Research Review

More challenges on the horizon.

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