Public and Independent Schools
Good listening conditions are vital to teaching and learning. Studies show that background noise in school environments directly influences the engagement, development, and academic performance of children. Acentech’s depth and breadth of experience with public and independent K-12 schools provide clients with the assurance of optimal acoustics and technology designs.
Our consultants listen carefully to the needs of each client to ensure that teaching and learning spaces fit the overall building program. We help clients understand the building’s acoustical and multimedia needs as early as the programming and feasibility study stage and continue to work closely with the design team throughout design and construction.
For architectural acoustics, Acentech provides recommendations for room volume and shaping, sound isolating construction, mechanical systems noise and vibration control, and room finishes. Our projects range from creating enveloping rooms to provide sound isolation for music performance spaces to designing crisp and articulate classrooms that optimize speech intelligibility.
State-of-the-art audiovisual and sound amplification systems have become essential in specialty spaces like auditoriums. Acentech works with the client and design team to determine the project’s technology requirements, and then designs AV systems that are cost effective, easy to maintain and operate, and can be adapted to grow with fast-paced developments in technology.
At Acentech, we understand that teaching styles evolve and learning environments change to reflect new trends in education pedagogy. Our consultants are active in educational organizations and professional associations to keep up to date on new academic trends.
Higher education is experiencing a significant shift in teaching and learning, with technology playing a larger role in the lecture hall and beyond. Instructors are embracing a more interactive and collaborative learning environment.
Acentech’s systems group is at the vanguard of this evolution to define the application of new technologies in education. Our AV consultants design systems that enable educators to capture lessons, in both the classroom and the studio. Technology can bring educators and students together across time and distance. Acentech’s technology designs promote the sharing and collaboration of ideas in active learning classrooms and lecture halls. We understand that learning also takes place outside of the classroom and technology must be applied to libraries, huddle rooms, and other spaces.
Acentech’s acoustics and vibration control consultants work with design teams to create or improve the physical spaces where higher education learning occurs. Our work ranges from recommending room construction methods and finishes that control reverberation to developing 3D acoustical models that can accurately capture the final design. Our other services, including pre-construction noise and vibration measurement to assist with site selection and the real-time remote monitoring of construction noise and vibration, can be invaluable to the design team during the design and construction of sensitive university facilities.
Acentech understands that learning and innovation can happen in a traditional lecture hall, around a seminar table, or across the city, state, country, or world. The use of technology in a properly designed and acoustically appropriate physical space can assist and enhance educational experiences and make them available to an even greater and more diverse set of participants.
- BrochureK-12 and Independent Schools Brochure
- ArticleCafegymatorium: The One-Size-Fits-All Approach for Schools
- BrochureHigher Education Brochure
- ArticleIn Education Facilities, Acoustical Considerations Can Impact Learning
- ProjectHarvard University SEC
- ProjectUMass Amherst — Olver Design Building
- ProjectBryant University Academic Innovation Center
- ProjectChoate Rosemary Hall — Lanphier Center for Mathematics and Computer Science
- Projecte3 Civic High School
- ProjectIrwin Jacobs Elementary School