Designing for Better Acoustics

New products and systems help create quieter results
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Sponsored by AMBICO Limited, NanaWall, PABCO Gypsum, and Turf Design
Presented by Peter J. Arsenault, FAIA, NCARB, LEED AP


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Originally published in Architectural Record
Originally published in July 2020


Designing for Better Acoustics
Buyer's Guide
Wood and Steel Acoustic Assemblies
AMBICO products take center stage at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts. This $63-million project required the architects to rely on AMBICO’s acoustic assemblies to block sound from room to room. AMBICO designed and supplied nearly 100 wood and steel acoustic assemblies ranging from STC 40–59.
AMBICO Limited
Sound-Control Solutions
NanaWall offers an array of interior folding, sliding, and frameless glass walls products depending on a project’s specific design constraints, including STC requirements, space planning requirements, structural requirements, ease of operation, aesthetics, and cost.
QuietRock® Sound-Reducing Drywall
QuietRock® is the original sound-damped drywall that architects trust and installers swear by. The product line is broad—from entry-level sound control for DIYers to the highest-performing sound-damping drywall for high-end theaters and recording studios. QuietRock is backed by world-class R&D and acoustics testing, and respected by architects and acousticians nationwide.
PABCO® Gypsum
Fractal Modular Cloud
Fractal is an elegant cloud system that fills the ceiling with dynamic tessellations. Each triangular module is faceted, building a powerful aesthetic with visual depth. It can be organized in a seamless whole, punctuated with openings, or grouped in clusters, Fractal transforms large volumes of space with a visually stunning and acoustically performative assembly.
Turf Design