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Designing School Acoustics for Active, Engaged Listeners

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With enrollment soaring in recent years and projected to increase over the next five years, the Williamson County School District in Tennessee was in desperate need of additional facilities to accommodate its burgeoning student population. The district purchased a 100-acre property in the rapidly developing town of Nolensville, where it constructed a $73 million K-12 complex that’s home to three new schools: Mill Creek Elementary, Mill Creek Middle and Nolensville High.

Designed as a K-8 prototype for Williamson County Schools, the Mill Creek campus is a combined elementary and middle school with a number of shared spaces intended to foster collaboration among students. As the blueprint for future schools in the district, the Mill Creek project presented a unique opportunity to create a model of educational innovation and excellence.

The CertainTeed’s solutions-oriented product portfolio provided the right acoustic solution for each space, from all-purpose acoustic panels to high-performance panels. In the classrooms, offices and conference rooms, CertainTeed’s Fine Fissured High NRC was used, a mineral ceiling panel offering high sound absorption and an excellent choice for budgeted projects.

For superior sound absorption and acoustic comfort in the media center, cafeteria and open areas, CertainTeed’s Symphony f uses a fiberglass substrate that provides an NRC of .95. The auditorium and music room required a solution that would contain sound while decreasing reverberation and echo. A composite panel offering optimal acoustic performance, CertainTeed’s Adagio fit the bill due to its outstanding sound absorption and highly effective sound containment.

Over at Nolensville High School, CertainTeed’s Fine Fissured panels were installed throughout most of the high school, while Symphony f, was the material of choice for the school’s open areas that required a higher level of acoustic performance.

 


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