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.
Architects have sought a solution to a unique issue for quite some time now: that is, controlling excessive, disruptive reverberation while still transmitting daylight or incorporating lighting effects. In some spaces, reducing the natural lighting is simply not an option. In response, RPG Acoustical has developed the Clearsorber Panel—a micro-slotted acoustical panel that is transparent, translucent or graphically printed. This provides consumers with a unique combination of control over their view and or lighting while also offering unparalleled reflection control. Providing architects and acoustical designers the tools they need to succeed in creating spaces that offer both excellent acoustics as well as lighting is just one aspect of RPG Acoustical’s thorough approach towards development of acoustical products.
It has only been in the last few years that the art and science of creating high quality micro-perforated acoustical millwork products has truly come of age. RPG Acoustical Systems, LLC. has been in the forefront of the development of this new technology, pushing the envelope on achieving some of the best performance metrics in the industry. The key to success here is not only understanding the acoustical mechanisms at play and how they interact, but how they might change as the product designs and applications evolve to suit the needs of the project. By being flexible in both the physical and acoustical design, as well as in production, RPG is able to adapt this great technology to meet the most stringent demands and deliver breathtaking products.
The new Rainey-McCullers School of the Arts, located in Columbus, Georgia, now has a state of the art performing arts facility. Designed by Hecht Burdeshaw Architects, Inc. and acoustically engineered by Siebein Associates, Inc., the main auditorium is wrapped and capped in a premium grade, engineered acoustical wood system manufactured by RPG Acoustical Systems. The facility, which places an emphasis on the specialized learning of performers and artists, has a capacity for around 500 middle and high school students who will be pursuing the arts this school year.