Sterling Education Inc. is an international multi-campus educational institution with facilities across the USA, Canada and the Caribbean. It has an excellent reputation for encouraging students to develop their full potential and acquire the discipline of learning how to learn within a faith based educational community. Sterling Education holds its values at its core – values of integrity, care & compassion, respect, responsibility and an overall commitment to self-discipline and the pursuit of excellence.
When Sterling Education started working on the refurbishment of their Oakland campus, acoustic concerns came front of mind.
“Missing words and not being able to think with a clear mind because of high noise level could affect someone to never reach their dreams”, said the teacher from Sterling Education Oakland Campus. This really made us stop and think.”
The school commenced renovation work with a view to developing more open plan learning spaces. As traditional teaching methods are updated, classes are moving towards more self-directed learning. Open plan learning environments suit modern teaching practices. They are by their nature more collaborative and yet they are also noisier. Collaborative gains are often compromised by reduced productivity through poor acoustics.
Sterling Education turned to Acoufelt for the solution. Acoufelt products are designed around an acoustic FWC Philosophy, addressing reflected noise from all surfaces; floor, walls and ceiling. They identified that installation of acoustic carpet tiles would have an immediate effect of “making quiet” the large open plan footprints.
“This is the first time I have heard about acoustic carpet tiles”, said Mr Kralik. “It makes so much sense using the floor to combat the problem of noise given the size of that surface in an open plan format. This is especially important in a learning environment where acoustics are so important.”
The Oakland campus sits on 9 acres of land with a beautiful lake at the rear of the property. Often Snow whitened in winter, the campus is frequently visited by families of deer, red foxes and the occasional coyote making it an idyllic place for young people to learn. Yet all of this investment in facilities seemed pointless if the acoustic environment was unsuitable for modern education. Happily, Acoufelt was able to help Sterling Education make their Oaklands campus quiet – living up to the commitment to the pursuit of excellence for which Sterling Education has become known.