Posts Tagged ‘fabrics’

Uba Residence

Sunday, December 15th, 2013

After renovating his condo in downtown Fayetteville, our client realized he had an acoustics issues: Too many hard surfaces for sound to bounce around a small space. He wanted something unique and interesting to add to the ambiance of his historic condo building. The stone wall design was created to serve as a functional sound buffering solution and a beautiful accent wall.

The wall was carefully designed such that each panel is unique in shape. No two panels are the same, including shape as well as depth from the wall. This design, in addition to the fabric from Guilford of Maine, gives the wall the look of stone.


Duke University School of Medicine Learning Center

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

The Duke University School of Medicine Learning Center, located in Durham, North Carolina, had unique acoustic needs in the large multi-purpose space as well as in a tiered lecture hall. Our goals for this project were to create learning spaces that are flexible and can be easily modified to accommodate evolving curriculum, technology, and teaching needs.

The lecture hall included lots of wood paneling, making the room beautiful but also noisy. To control echoes and create an acoustically sound space, we used 0.5″ and two-inch acoustical wall panels. We added panels to the front of the desks to provide additional sound absorption and to make the room warm and inviting.

The curved shape of the classroom, the need to install panels around A/V equipment, and the multiple colors and materials used in the design made this an interesting and detail-oriented project for our team.

We worked with  S/L/A/M Collaborative and Duda Pane Architects to make this learning space warm and functional for students and faculty alike.





Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC)

Monday, March 4th, 2013

As a concert hall, the biggest acoustic obstacles for the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) were the size of the room and the potential for tremendous sound reverberation. This 2,800-seat performance hall is the largest and most active theatre in the region. We worked with Szostak Design to create an acoustical system that made their designs for DPAC come to life.

To control echoes and ensure audiences can clearly hear performances, we installed 2-inch thick, field-fabricated acoustical wall panels on all levels of the performance hall, as well as in the orchestra pit.

The unique wall panels are wrapped in two different fabrics: a solid-colored base fabric and a specially designed mesh fabric in a contrasting color. From a distance, the panels appear to be a solid color, but up close the installation takes on a layered look, creating visual interest.

Durham Train Station

Monday, November 5th, 2012

For the Durham Train Station, we worked with J. Davis Architects to create an appealing acoustical panel system for the lobby area. With noise control as a concern, we manufactured and installed acoustical panels using an intricate design to create a floating, layered effect. We used custom fabricated mounting brackets and screen printed acoustically-transparent fabric to achieve the desired look and performance.

With some of the panels screen printed, we avoided the visual monotony of using only solid-colored panels. NC DOT and Durham Historical Society provided images for the panels to depict Durham’s unique history. These panels are lively focal points of the station and effectively absorb sound reverberation from trains and passengers.

Themis Media

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

Any space crowded with dozens of people will create high noise levels. In an office setting, this can be distracting and disruptive. With concrete walls, floors, and ceilings exacerbating the problem, Themis Media found themselves in this situation before contacting us.

In order to bring interest to the common area’s large, unusable space, the company owner came up with the idea for a unique model starship, which LendLease created. We added wall panels and wrapped the model starship in acoustical fiberboard and fabric. Using our panels as the starship’s outer layer, we cut down on the overall noise and echo levels tremendously.


DUMAC Conference Room

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Privacy and a quiet working environment are essential elements of any conference room, making this type of space a perfect candidate for acoustical panels.

Sounds issues, particularly echoing, posed a problem for the DUMAC conference room in Durham, NC. Because the project was to be completed in an occupied office building, we coordinated our project schedule closely with the owner in order to not disrupt the building’s occupants.

We worked with the design team at Witty! and Associates, who provided screen-printed images on acoustically-transparent fabric. We used the material on our acoustical, sound-absorbing panels that we installed throughout the conference room, reception area, and board room. In doing so, we effectively eliminated the environment’s sound issues, while delivering an attractive finished product.

In order to create a sense of place, we used unique photos from Duke’s campus. From gargoyles found on many buildings to a rainbow over Duke Chapel, these acoustical panels help brand DUMAC’s offices with many common sights on campus.

Aldert Root Elementary

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Noisy stairwells and hallways can be distracting to those students still in class. Aldert Root Elementary School needed a practical solution to control noise in the stairwells and to bring character to the otherwise drab spaces. For this project, we used acoustically transparent fabric and screen-printing to provide a unique design element for the space on the acoustical wall panels.

Our experience with these specialty fabrics can provide you with an aesthetically pleasing design, while also branding your space. With the Accutrack System®, fabrics can also easily be updated without damaging the panel system.