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21st Century Learning Acoustics

Steve Meszaros, Acoustical Technical Director


Domains: Toolbox, Process 

Course Level: Intermediate

Learning Units: 1 LU/HSW

Room: A705

Saturday, October 28, 2017 @ 2:00 pm


Learning in the 21st Century is filled with exciting new technological developments and the many new challenges that come with it. With technology changes, schools are adapting to provide the right spaces for learning in this new environment. Acoustics is a vital part in school design as it can degrade or enhance the experience. With an obvious desire to enhance communication, both in person and through distance audio/video systems or recordings, well designed acoustics are a key part in making these communications a success. We will discuss the three main subjects in school design: reducing distraction, enhancing communication, and creating a calm environment. These are controlled with good sound isolation, room acoustic treatment and noise control of mechanical systems. We will discuss how to incorporate these items into any learning environment project and how their value in terms of performance versus cost can help in the design value decision-making process.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Learn about what acoustic controls do and how they work.
  2. Learn how to incorporate acoustics early in the planning and design process.
  3. Understand what acoustic elements are critical to education facility design.
  4. Understand consequences of value design with respect to acoustics.