St Monica’s Catholic Primary School located in Oakey QLD caters for primary students from the Oakey Township and surrounding areas. The primary school had a multi-purpose hall that was not acoustically sound.
The building design is like all multi-purpose halls, full of hard surface to cater for a variety of uses – sports, concerts, assemblies and presentations. The room had a very strong echo, and any noise made in the room was very loud – making using this space difficult.
St Monica’s approached Avenue Interior Systems because of our expertise and knowledge of how to solve these kinds of acoustic challenges. They had heard of our success on a similar project at Bunker’s Hill State School.
Our acoustic consultancy division AcousTech visited the site, to undertake a full sound assessment. From that assessment, AcousTech was able to determine the acoustic challenges St Monica’s was experiencing and then designed a solution to meet their requirements.
Avenue then revisited the school to assess the construction of the building, and determine the best installation methods and procedures accurately.
AcousTech recommended installing Wood Wool Acoustic Panels around the walls of the building, to create a section of sound absorptive material. The panels were installed on timber batons with acoustic insulation in the cavity – for a better acoustic outcome. The panels were colour matched to the existing room finishes, so the treatment blends in.
The teachers and students are now able to use the multi-purpose hall more comfortably and productively. The school hosted their 2018 end of year concert in their newly finished hall, knowing that their audience would be able to hear and appreciate their musical performances properly.
Additionally, staff no longer have to shout to be heard during a sports lesson, and the room is comfortable and pleasant for the students to use.
A representative from the school expressed his appreciation of the treatment, “At the end of the day, it’s done a good job. At the concert, it was good, excellent actually. An unusable room is now usable.”
If you have a commercial acoustics concern, contact Avenue Interior Systems on 1300 827 177.