Acoustical considerations are vital in multifunctional and sound sensitive environments where the materials used in the space do not have high acoustical ratings. The following is a list of acoustic treatments:

Acoustic Tile Ceiling: Acoustical tile ceilings are designed to increase sound quality and to reduce noise transmission. They are easy to install and easy to replace if damaged.

This photograph was taken at Skokie Public Library in a computer lab set up for instructed courses. The ceiling consist of 2’x4′ acoustic ceiling tiles, here arrange in a very non-typical grid.

Carpet Floor: Carpet works well for sound absorption. Aesthetically, it adds color and warmth to a space and helps with dust collection.

This photograph was taken at the Undergraduate Library of the University of Illinois. The use of carpet in this very open space helps to dampen traffic and conversational noises.

Recycled Rubber Floors: Recycled rubber floors are made from old rubber tires. They work well for increasing sound quality while reducing noise transmission. They are designed to absorb shock and to reduce the chance of slipping. They work great for spaces occupied ny children.

This photgraph was taken at YouMedia at Harold Washington Library in Chicago. The use of recycled rubber flooring is not only an eco-friendly decision, but it also allows for a variety of colors to be incorporated in the flooring pattern. The rubber flooring helps to reduce sound travel in this open space and is a softer material than most flooring methods.

Rolling Acoustic Partitions: Acoustic partitions are typically wrapped in fabric to reduce sound transmission and can be wheeled into position. They temporarily isolate a space within a larger room. They work well in multifunctional spaces where group or individual might want to keep sound from transmitting outside that space or to keep sound from transmitting into the space.

This photograph was taken at YouMedia at the Harold Washington Library in Chicago. Shown is a rolling partition. It allows for a flexible use of sound and spatial isolation within a larger space.

Sound Isolation: Programs or activities that are sound sensitive should be isolated within a multifunctional space. Isolation can include having a room dedicated to the specific program. Further isolation can include surround that space with what would be considered quieter programs (i.e. reading space, or individual workstations). An example of such is a media room used for music and video production.

This photograph was taken at YouMedia at the Harold Washington Library in Chicago. Shown is the photograph is their sound booth. This is an isolated room within YouMedia designated to music production. Since music recording is such a sound isolated media, this space has been removed from the common area.

Acoustic Panels: Acoustic panels are great for sound poroofing and noise control. They can be applied on the walls and ceilings of a room.

This photograph is taken from the Skokie Public Library Digital Media Lab.  While acoustical panels over the entire wall would have been preferred, even scattered application as seen here can have sound dampening benefits.

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