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Project Profile: Erie Community College’s State of the Art STEM Building

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Erie Community College has a new STEM building equipped with customized Clearsorber Panels, which are both visually appealing and functional.

Erie Community College, located in upstate New York, is one of the many schools within the reputable State University of New York (SUNY) system. While the institution has long been known for its fantastic academics, the campus itself had less of a shining reputation—that is, until they opened up their state of the art STEM building equipped with all the facilities such an educational powerhouse needs. As part of an overall effort to modernize the school, Erie Community College’s STEM building is a fantastic step in giving students the facilities they need to obtain a world-class education and RPG is proud to have been part of the endeavor.

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Project Profile: Knack Studios in Chennai, India

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Knack Studios fills a need for professional audio and video post-processing.
Photo Credit: The Walters-Storyk Design Group

In recent years, India’s film industry, colloquially called Bollywood, has thriving in new and exciting ways. The rapidly growing market requires the right tools to keep up with the changing tides, such as world-class post-production facilities. The newly founded Knack Studios fills this void. Envisioned as a top-tier facility capable of offering audio, video, and even CGI post-production services, much of the studio was designed by the Walters-Storyk Design Group to offer the highest caliber of performance, and RPG is proud to have contributed to the effort.

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Project Profile: Drexel University Music Studio

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Drexel University’s music studio takes advantage of a number of RPG’s acoustical treatments. Photo Credit: Walter-Storyk Design Group.

As one of America’s largest institutes of higher education, Drexel University offers a wide variety of disciplines to suit the interests of any academic. First launched in 2004, the Music Industry program has grown in popularity and excellence, creating the need to expand its facilities. To accommodate the needs of the rapidly growing Recording Arts & Music and Music Business programs, the university took action to scale its facilities with its population. RPG is proud to have contributed a number of its products to the project.

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Project Profile: Exemplary Schooling at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts

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The Duke Ellington School of the Arts is a world class institution that takes advantage of our Omniffusor FRG to create an ideal learning environment.

High school is an environment that fosters the intellectual and creative spirit of young adults, and the Duke Ellington School of the Arts is a world class example of this kind of institution. Since 1974 the school, located in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, DC, has been ensuring that students are well equipped to pursue a career in the arts, incorporating everything from dance, music, the visual arts and more. The Duke Ellington School of the Arts is such an important Washington D.C. educational institution and RPG Acoustical is proud to have been a part of the project.

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Architecture Meets Ideal Acoustical Performance With the Perfecto 16/16/8

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The Perfecto 16/16/8 panel offers acoustical designers an opportunity to work with an aesthetically pleasing product.

Finding the right balance between acoustical performance and architectural aesthetics is often a challenge. However, the Perfecto 16/16/8 panel is a powerful acoustical tool that can help designers overcome this obstacle. This product utilizes large, visible perforations to absorb mid frequency sound while still retaining much of the higher frequencies. In addition, with a little added acoustical backing, it exhibits superior ability to attenuate low frequencies. Where many absorptive products lack the aesthetic quality of natural wood, RPG’s Perfecto line delivers.

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How Acoustics Are Utilized in Modern Courtroom Design

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Considering acoustics in the design of a courtroom can maximize speech intelligibility.

Acoustical design in courtrooms focuses primarily on two things: maximizing speech intelligibility within the room and minimizing disruptive noise from interfering with the court proceedings.  In some situations, such as with individuals with compromised hearing or in rooms with poor acoustical performance, although we may hear a person speaking it is difficult to decipher what they are saying. Speech intelligibility refers to the ability to clearly understand each word being spoken. Individuals who suffer from common noise-induced hearing loss may have decreased sensitivity in the 4,000Hz area. this can play a significant role in the ability to understand speech in, as the consonants crucial to understanding spoken word reside in the 2,000 to 6,000Hz range. Fortunately, appropriate acoustical design will support and enhance speech intelligibility within courtrooms and supply the required clarity for such a space.

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Research Report: Shape Optimization

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The Shape Optimizer is capable of creating modern, effective sound diffusing shapes.

If you take a look at renowned concert halls, many of them are known for their beautiful ornamentation and coffered ceilings. While these features may have originally been included as an elaborate design element, this intricate detailing provided acoustical benefits as well. These design details have fallen out of style in much of modern architecture, and as a result sound diffusive surfaces inherent to the construction of many rooms is no longer prevalent. This necessitates an appropriate way to create modern sound diffusing shapes, which resulted in the development of the Shape Optimizer software.

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A Uniquely Organic Shape With the Waveform Bicubic Diffuser

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The Waveform Bicubic is a unique diffuser that is customizable and suitable for many applications.

Your first mental image of an auditorium, whether intended for musical performance or speech, likely includes the image of high ceilings. There are a number of reasons pertaining to logistics, performance, and sound quality that necessitate high ceilings (large room volume)—but that brings along with it issues that must be addressed. Untreated high ceilings lead to high reverberation times and audible echoes that degrade the acoustical performance of the space, whereas simple treatments utilizing absorption remove too much of the sound energy and which leads to a space that does not support the intended use. That’s where the Waveform Bicubic comes in: a diffuser capable of being arrayed to increase speech intelligibility and enhance musical clarity.

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Project Profile: A Modern Twist on Traditional Dining With Les Sablons – See, Taste and Hear the Difference

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Les Sablons offers a unique dining experience that offers thrilling auditory and visual experiences as well.

Located in the historic Harvard Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Les Sablons offers a dining experience crafted by some of the most experienced restaurateurs in the Boston metropolitan area. Describing itself as “somewhere between London and Paris,” the establishment offers modernized twists on French classics that have long been favorites of those who love fine dining. With a menu that includes everything from monkfish to rye spaghetti, Les Sablons is ideal for those already familiar with classic French cuisine but are seeking a unique experience. Les Sablons is amongst a growing new class of restaurants opening around the country who are leveraging currentacoustical technologies available to designers for controlling sound levels beautifully. So not only do they deliver excellent cuisine and service, but they do so in an environment that is much less noisy and distracting as most other restaurants. We say—people are noisy, let them be—there are solutions for that!

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Designing Classrooms With Passive Acoustical Technology

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Classrooms can hugely benefit from the use of passive acoustical technology.

Many contemporary classroom designs are not yet benefitting from the growing wealth of technology available to improve educational environments. When creating a learning space, there are several new approaches that can be utilized to increase the effectiveness of the space and improve its impact on the students. One such tool is the use of adjustable intensity and color lighting, which has been shown to increase reading speeds, cut down on testing errors, and even have some impact on hyperactivity. Similarly, new, more balanced approaches in passive acoustical design of education spaces can provide improvements in the projection, audibility and intelligibility of the lessons and conversations that take place throughout the learning day. Current approaches towards acoustical design in classrooms primarily involve adding sound absorption, such as an acoustical tile ceiling.  While this can generally solve the problem of excess reverberation in a small space, it also removes valuable early reflections that reduce critical speech energy unnecessarily. To improve upon this approach, a proper blend of absorptive, diffusive and reflective surfaces throughout the learning space can yield improved speech levels and content without having to rely on electronic enhancement systems. This means more information is conveyed to every student at all times, not just the ones sitting closest to the teacher, and not only when the microphone is turned on. An absorption only approach cannot address all of the nuances of acoustical needs which now can be addressed. A balanced design that successfully combines all passive acoustical surface technologies available – absorptive, diffusive, reflective – comprises a hybrid approach that is the future of acoustics in educational environments.

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