Pelham Rec Center Chooses Balance Not Bounce

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How do you ensure your space doesn’t echo like an indoor basketball court … especially when it is an indoor basketball court?

This was exactly the problem faced by senior interior designer Katy Lucas of Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood, Inc. Katy was working on the Pelham Recreation Center in Pelham City, just south of Birmingham Alabama. She turned to Acoufelt™ for the solution.

Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood, Inc. (GMC) is one of the region’s largest privately-held architecture firms driven by a culture of keeping client satisfaction, creativity, quality, integrity and diversity as the primary focus of every project. As such, they wanted a solution that would provide the client with both an aesthetic and an acoustic benefit.

GMC presented Acoufelt with an idea for a customized design that featured an energetic geometric pattern. Through QuietPrint™, GMC’s design was able to be printed onto custom-sized panels that could be installed on the walls surrounding the basketball court. These panels absorbed a significant proportion of the noise that would have bounced off the hard surface of the brick walls encircling the court.

“Acoufelt is committed to taking a holistic and integrated approach to solving customer acoustic problems – Making Quiet™ for a real impact. At the heart of this approach is the Acoufelt Acoustic FWC™ philosophy. This involves looking at every surface of a space – floor, walls and ceiling – as a potential means for absorbing unwanted noise. In the space of Pelham Rec, the walls offered the best opportunity for noise reduction.”

Where the “acoustic” vs “aesthetics” design compromise has often fallen in favor of aesthetics, Acoufelt’s holistic approach to solving customer problems means that we look for ways to eliminate compromise. Acoufelt acoustic panels can be printed to look like almost any aesthetic material without any significant reduction in acoustic performance. By incorporating Acoufelt panels featuring QuietPrint™, spaces can be designed both to look beautiful and deliver acoustically.

The City of Pelham is one of the fastest growing cities in the state of Alabama. Located in the foothills of the Oaks Mountains, it is seen as a bit of an oasis from the busy world of Birmingham to the north. The city has been investing in facilities for residents and encouraging them to visit the city center to “play and stay in Pelham”, but this will only succeed if their facilities offer a pleasant experience to visitors. Although public facilities are often designed to look good for media photo opportunities, it is imperative that they don’t miss the mark on acoustics.

Thankfully, through the insight of designer Katy Lucas and the values of her firm GMC – guided by the Acoustic FWC™ philosophy – the team have successfully delivered another Making Quiet™ solution.

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