Ceilings


Office spaces at Scott Hall.

Acoustics

Retrofitting University Buildings for Sound Masking

When a physical space offers a little passive noise control, such as high cubicle walls, private offices or softer, sound-absorbing materials, the effects on the well-being of each person — as well as their productivity — can be profoundly impacted.

Walker Grant Center. OddBox Studios; courtesy of Rockfon

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.

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.

adaptive reuse

Adaptive Reuse for Education

Thinking Outside The Box: Adaptive Reuse For Education

There are countless opportunities to create new and innovative learning environments within existing buildings.

This article originally appeared in the November/December 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.

armstrong

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.

Miami University

Impact on Learning

Miami University

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

map across classroom ceiling

Case Histories (Real-World Solutions)

Ceiling Designed for Learning

This article originally appeared in the issue of .

Ceiling Provides Aesthetics and Acoustics

Case Histories (Real-World Solutions)

Ceiling Provides Aesthetics and Acoustics

This article originally appeared in the issue of .



Hear Clearly

I Can Hear Clearly Now

This article originally appeared in the issue of .

Hot Tips: Acoustics

Controlling Noise In Classrooms

This article originally appeared in the issue of .

Hot Tips: Acoustics

Controlling Noise in Classrooms

This article originally appeared in the issue of .

University of Western Ontario

Impact on Learning

University of Western Ontario

This article originally appeared in the issue of .

Metal Ceiling

Case Histories (Real-World Solutions)

Metal Ceiling Makes Waves at Student Center

This article originally appeared in the issue of .

band and choral room acoustics design

Facilities (Learning Spaces)

Walls and Ceilings

A planning primer for band and choral room acoustics design.

This article originally appeared in the issue of .

Ceiling Panels Absorb and Block Noise

Case History (Real-World Solutions)

Ceiling Panels Absorb and Block Noise

This article originally appeared in the issue of .

Upgraded Ceiling

Case History (Real-World Solutions)

Ugly Ceiling Gets a Facelift

This article originally appeared in the issue of .

Adelphi University Acoustic Panels

Case Histories (Real-World Solutions)

Acoustic Panels Reduce Noise and Boost Productivity

This article originally appeared in the issue of .

Trends in Higher Education Interiors

Trends in Higher Education Interiors

An increasing number of options in materials, furnishings and finishes is leading to vibrant, inviting design.

This article originally appeared in the issue of .

Next Generation Learning Interiors

Education Interiors

The Needs They Are A-Changin'

"Next-Generation Learning" is having a significant affect on interior design.

This article originally appeared in the issue of .

University of Western Ontario

Impact on Learning

University of Western Ontario

This article originally appeared in the issue of .

University of California, San Diego

Impact on Learning

University of California San Diego

This article originally appeared in the issue of .

Walls and Ceilings

Facilities (Campus Spaces)

Walls and Ceilings: What's Beneath the Surface?

More than just pretty faces, walls and ceilings must be carefully designed in order to create functional, safe and efficient interiors.

This article originally appeared in the issue of .

Noise Control

Facilities (Learning Spaces)

Controlling Noise and Increasing the Voice

The materials used for walls, ceilings and even furnishings have a considerable impact on classroom acoustics. Here’s what the experts say about it.

This article originally appeared in the issue of .

Recycling Old Ceilings

Case History

Denver School District Recycles Old Ceilings

This article originally appeared in the issue of .

Ceiling, Walls and Floors Maintenance

Facilities (Campus Spaces)

On the Surface

Ceilings, walls and floors present challenges that can be met with planning and maintenance and without breaking the budget.

This article originally appeared in the issue of .

Lutron skylight shades

Case History (Real-World Solutions)

Customized Shade System Reduces Costs

This article originally appeared in the issue of .

Walls and Ceilings: Design Options Offer Flexibility

Facilities (Campus Spaces)

Walls and Ceilings: Design Options Offer Flexibility

This article originally appeared in the College Planning & Management December 2013 issue of Spaces4Learning.

Nathan Bishop Middle School Makes Transformation with Help From Acentech

Real-World Solutions (Tech Upgrade)

Nathan Bishop Middle School Makes Transformation with Help From Acentech

This article originally appeared in the School Planning & Management August 2013 issue of Spaces4Learning.