Government & Education
Classrooms and Government buildings are in constant demand for open spaces to provide more functionality in everyday use. There is nothing like steel to provide long spans to create open space with no columns or walls beneath. You receive open space to utilize how you see fit. Most often educational buildings require a multi-use space such as a gym, theatre, and/or lecture hall to be used in the same space so there are multiple preparations to consider when building this space. Sports equipment and theatre features may trump this space due to the requirements, but many of the sleek designs of today’s architecture can really combine all spaces tastefully. With education or governmental buildings, there are some key factors to consider. These factors are: aesthetics of architecture, space requirements, sound transmission, and functionality.
Safety FirstSchools and government buildings often require a specific type of surveillance equipment along with an adequate fire alarm system which will work simultaneously in the same mainframe.
Often times the security system is an afterthought to many projects. We at Chase Group advise clients to focus on these systems early in the process to save money upfront to properly install all needed hardware devices. There are wireless systems on the market, but some clients prefer hardwire to ensure connectivity. With the use of the internet, clients can view their systems from remote locations and even from their cell phones or mobile devices.
Quiet time! Soundproofing your schools and officesMany of the education buildings require office space, lecture theatres, laboratories, classrooms, etc. and all of which require acoustic control. Many government buildings need to be private and each room may need security glass or special acoustical requirements of its own. There are many options when noise becomes an issue. Not only walls, but overhead space needs to be properly insulated and sound protected to ensure a quiet area.
Wallboard, also known as sheetrock, is utilized in many cases to not only reduce the sound, but is a staple in every business and home in America these days. There are thicker forms of sheetrock and even double layers that are used to reduce noise as well. Insulation in exterior walls and attics are common to insulate spaces, but adding insulation to interior walls along with thicker sheetrock or soundboard adds even more sound reduction. Soundboard is another material intended to help reduce sound and is a sub layer to sheetrock or any top side material on a wall.
A very good, but expensive product is called QuietRock. QuietRock is a specialty sheetrock board that is specifically designed to reduce noise transmission. Along with QuietRock, there are alternate ways to reduce sound transmission by means of construction by staggering wall studs, using channeling to create air space, using foam board insulation, etc.
All of the methods above to reduce sound are rated by a system. The rating is referred to as the “sound transmission class (STC) which is a number rating of how well the wall or partition resist airborne sound transfer of frequencies of 125-4000 Hz. Typically, the higher the STC rating the more noise that is reduces from transmitting through your wall or partition.
Of all of the concerns when building a structure, many clients do not put much thought into noise control. It is something that is unseen for the most part and simply adds cost, but sound transmission can cause privacy, confidentiality, and noise control issues; all of which are very important issues in a structure of this type.