Marbles Museum in downtown Raleigh was interested in reinvigorating the master staircase with the goal of encouraging more people to use the stairs, and making the space visually appealing. The room is two stories high and open air, which means there is always a lot of noise.
We worked with the owner and were able to reduce the noise level while creating a vibrant and inviting space through large panels depicting children running and playing up the “piano” stairs.
We worked with Jenkins-Peer Architects of Charlotte and J.D. Beam General Contractors of Raleigh on the Alliance Center One on NC State University’s Centennial Campus. This is a beautiful building with a unique “cube” feature that creates a vibrant and bright lobby. While this design is gorgeous and allows for plenty of light, it also means there is a significant issue with sound echoing in the lobby.
Our team custom-cut fabric-wrapped acoustical panels for the ceiling and walls of this beautiful lobby for sound absorption. We coordinated with electrical and plumbing contractors to install sprinkler heads and hang chandeliers at the perfect intersection of our panels for aesthetics. Panels on the walls and ceiling prevent sound reflection in a high ceiling area that is prone to echo.
We worked closely with Belk Architecture as well as the developer to make the new expansion at American Underground @Main look and feel like a branded extension of the original space. The team at Belk Architecture designed the space to have vibrant colors that appeal to the entrepreneurs that occupy the building.
We custom-cut panels to fit inside the indentations in the coffered ceiling to help deaden the noise, reduce echoing, and make each office a little more private. We also cut panels to add design flare to the space and make each room look like it is part of the cohesive design of the building.
The Duke University School of Medicine Learning Center 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 as needed to accommodate evolving curriculum, technology, and teaching needs.
The lecture hall included a lot 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 also 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.
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 theater in the region. We worked with Szostak Design and Skanska 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.