School Acoustics

school acousticsThe High Point Elementary [Primary] Parent-Teacher Association contacted us in the spring of 2013 to tame the noise in the school cafeteria and provide an acoustical solution. The student population of approximately 800 students in Grades PreNursery through 5 had a problem. The issue was rising decibel levels as students filled the cafeteria during lunch breaks. We’ve all been in school cafeterias or gyms and know they can get loud – in this case 85 decibels. And unruly students weren’t to blame. The culprit was typical of school cafeterias – cinder block walls, tile floors, and high ceilings in a large, open room.

The noise was such an issue that it caused stress for students, parents and staff. In fact, some students refused to eat in the cafeteria because of the noise levels. Fortunately a member of the PTA had previous radio experience and knew a little about room treatments, so they called GIK Acoustics. Since High Point Elementary is located in Sandy Springs, GA, just outside the city limits of Atlanta; we were able to pay a visit and see the space for ourselves.

To tame the hard, reflective surfaces, GIK Acoustics created 40 custom 122cm and 152cm Spot Panels to place on the walls and 120 Spot Panels to replace tiles in the suspended ceiling.

School acoustics spot panel

The panels blend in with the school’s colors and the existing stage curtain and they virtually disappear in the suspended ceiling. Most importantly, however, the treatment lowered the noise level and made activity in the cafeteria more enjoyable for students and staff.

school cafeteria acoustic panels

school cafeteria acoustic panels

school acoustics cafeteria GIK Acoustics

acoustic panels school cafeteria

High Point Elementary

We received this awesome Thank You card which reads:

“Dear Glenn, Shelly, and the GIK Acoustics Staff,
We are over a month into our school year and continue to be dazzled by the sound panels. From the teachers to the students to the custodians, everyone comments on the difference they have made during lunch. My own daughters told me about a week ago (and not for the first time) that they could actually have conversations now without yelling. Not only have they helped absorb sound, but they look great too! People were thrilled when they walked in at the beginning of the year by how fresh and current everything looked.
Finally and perhaps most importantly, you all were a pleasure to work with! Thank you for the patience you showed us and the interest you took in bettering our school. We appreciate partnerships like yours more than you will ever know!!
With Gratitude,
[name redacted] & the High Point PTA”