Ceiling tiles solve acoustical issues at UMass children's fitness center in Boston

June 01, 2008 |

When the University of Massachusetts, Boston, administration planned for the construction of Go-Kids Boston, a new children's health and fitness center to be built inside the campus's Quinn Administration Building, they knew acoustic control would be a big issue.

University architects teamed up with architectural firm deCastro Nelson Delegas Associates, Dedham, Mass., to create an acoustically sound and aesthetically pleasing interior design for the facility. The design of the fitness center's ceiling was a crucial point in achieving these goals. Aside from the usual noise generated by large numbers of children, the architects also were faced with the obstacle of covering up another source of noise and threat to aesthetics: the facility's large and loud HVAC system, which sits above the ceiling grid. For optimum acoustic control and aesthetics, the team specified Ecophon Focus DG ceiling tiles.

“We had a lot going on above the ceiling, and we wanted a ceiling tile that was clean, smooth, and unobtrusive, and that would allow us to coordinate well with the light fixtures and mechanical equipment,” says Betsy Nelson, a principal with deCastro Nelson Delegas.

Manufactured from high-density glass wool, Ecophon Focus DG creates a semi-concealed suspension while providing good light reflectance and high sound absorption.


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