Soundproofing and Acoustic Case Studies

At Sonic-Shield, we use both sound barrier and sound absorption materials to dampen or completely deaden indoor and outdoor noise from a variety of sources in homes, offices, industrial settings and commercial spaces. Many times, our customers prefer to remain anonymous due to the sensitivity of noise issues and compliance requirements.

In other cases, we can intervene with proper soundproofing early in the construction process and deliver great results for our clients. Whether prior to new construction or solving for a current noise issue, we have the products and expertise to get the job done. Here are some examples of our work.

COMMERCIAL PROJECTS | HOTELS, RESTAURANTS & BARS | OFFICE SETTINGS | OTHER


COMMERCIAL PROJECTS:

Gaming Superstore

REVRB panels in gaming room

A gaming superstore close to St. Louis, MO, which has over 4,800 square feet of retail space and over 2,200 square feet of dedicated event space, needed a soundproofing solution to create a better gaming experience for their guests.

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School Gymnasium

REVRB Acoustical panel installed in gymnasium

A Tampa Bay private school had a noise problem in their gymnasium. Noise from the gym was impacting classrooms and offices that bordered the gym, as well as making it difficult for students and team members to clearly hear instructions from their teachers and coaches.

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MetroWest YMCA

MetroWest YMCA

Reverberation and echoes in the lobby at MetroWest YMCA were getting in the way of their commitment to the betterment of the community through Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility. Fortunately, we absorbed the excess noise. 

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Sudbury Police

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Chief of Police, Scott Nix, from the Sudbury Police Department had a problem. Their HVAC unit was situated over their drop ceilings, creating excessive noise and reverberation in the Intake/Booking room as well as in his office. 

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Humane Society

Animal Shelter Case Study

A newly constructed animal shelter had what they initially described as “painful” noise bothering the pets and the staff. Initial readings were taken that showed an average decibel level of 106dba with spikes as high as 114dba.

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Boston Herald Radio

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Wanting to undergo a major soundproofing overhaul to improve the acoustics and performance on the radio, they purchased soundproofing solutions online. However, it did not improve the quality of the sound on the air. 

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Granite State Credit Union

Granite State Credit Union Soundproofing

Although it was beautiful, with high ceilings, the hard wall surfaces and ceramic floors made sound reverberate and speech with their customers difficult to understand in their reception area.

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Great Dog Rescue

Great Dog Rescue New England

The landlord had threatened to evict them if they couldn’t fix the noise issue. If evicted, owners would have to shut down the business, putting hundreds of dogs back onto the street. They needed an economical solution.

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Martha's Vineyard Museum

Martha's vVineyard Museum

The exhibitions, special programs, and events are the heart of Martha's Vineyard Museum. Unfortunately, the noise from their air conditioner units were greatly detracting from their concerts and events.

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Jubilee Yacht Club

Jubilee Yacht Club

Since 1896, the clubhouse has been a vital part of the social and marine traditions that the members enjoy, and because of that, enhancing the acoustics of the clubhouse was important. With its wood ceilings and wide-open space, echoes throughout made uncomfortable noise.

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Brighton Condominium

Brighton Condominium boiler room case study

Condominium air conditioning and heating units can many times create noise problems, especially for the people living near the mechanical rooms. After upgrading their heating system, the Brighton condominium property was faced with such an issue.

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Mashpee Lanes

Mashpee Lanes Bowl & Bistro case study

Mashpee Lanes Bowl & Bistro was the perfect acoustical storm, with unsafe sound volume coming from multiple sources. The venue’s concept is as unique as its noise issues: an upscale bowling alley that transforms into a nightclub.

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HOTELS, RESTAURANTS & BARS:

Restaurant

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This popular casual restaurant had a game room toward the back of their establishment, which was in a strip mall. Noise from the game room was bleeding into the adjoining tenant’s space and disturbing their customers.

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Tresca Restaurant & Bar

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Tresca's first level was always half bar, half dining, but new changes are breaking away from the usual "North End" expectations by converting the whole downstairs space into a casual bar area: Cafe 77 at Tresca.

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Broadside Tavern

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Broadside Tavern, now open where Barney Fanning’s once stood at 99 Broad Street, needed a sound mitigation plan carefully designed to address a major problem: overpowering echoes within the contemporary Irish Pub.

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Charred Oak Tavern

The Charred Oak case study

Every town seems to have a neighborhood eatery where the locals congregate for hearty meals and good drinks. The Charred Oak Tavern in Middleborough Mass. is one such place but goes far beyond the expected. Its only drawback was its noise level.

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The Trap

The Trap

The Trap was a fabulous neighborhood bar, but acoustically, it had problems. Vaulted ceilings, large windows, and exposed hardwood in the small space made the bar uncomfortably noisy.  The owners didn’t want to remove all of the noise, they just wanted to soften the echo.

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The Painted Burro

The Painted Burro Case Study

Soon after the popular watering hole, The Painted Burro, opened they realized they had overlooked a major detail – the acoustics. The walls and ceiling were lined with neutral-toned  REVRB®  panels, on which a local artist painted vibrant Meso-American caricatures.

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La Familia Giorgio's

La Famiglia Giorgio's Case Study

La Famiglia Giorgio’s is the quintessential authentic Italian restaurant. Wedged between two brick buildings, this family-owned business is constantly packed with diners, yet it faces the challenges tall, narrow, brick and plaster space, and oversized windows and plank floors. 

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Tuscan Kitchen

Tuscan Kitchen Case Study

The Tuscan Kitchen offers its patrons a world of regional Italian dishes.  Unfortunately, this world, while incredibly delectable, was also extremely noisy, and despite the deliciousness of their food, guests were reluctant to return due to the noise. 

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Steel & Rye Restaurant

Steel and Rye Case Study

Steel & Rye operates out of an old garage, and their neighborhood was founded on farming, milling and manufacturing. They created a dining experience focused on Americana cuisine in a setting reminiscent of its historic past. That setting, however, had a severe noise issue

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The Aviary

The Aviary Restaurant

There was nowhere to place any sound dampening materials - even the tray ceiling, peppered with ceiling fans and light fixtures seemed impossible as a place for soundproofing. We met this challenge and installed a soundproofing solution.

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Porto Restaurant

Porto Restaurant

When Porto Restaurant opened, co-owner Sean Griffing knew he had a problem to solve. The patrons loved the Mediterranean seafood, but the noise feedback was overwhelming. We recommended the REVRB® Acoustical Line to frustrated and skeptical Sean.

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Legal Sea Foods

Legal Sea Food's C Bar case study

When the owner of the popular seafood restaurant chain Legal Sea Foods contacted us regarding their multiple noise issues, we jumped at the chance to help make their great restaurants and bars even better. We were able to increase customer and employee satisfaction.

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Anna Maria Island Resort

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The Anna Maria Island Beach Resort struggled with several noise problems, including adjoining rooms with noise traveling from one room to another through the connecting door. 

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Carrie Nation

Carrie Nation

A true Boston Brahmin speakeasy style bar located in the heart of the city made it a favorite of businessmen and college students alike, but it also meant fighting outside city noise. Additionally, the acoustical properties of the small space were seriously lacking.

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The Lobster Trap

The Lobster Trap

When they decided to stay open all year long, the owners never realized they would be faced with a sound issue. In nice weather, the windows were always wide open, allowing noise out. Cold New England winters meant closed windows, and noise reverberating throughout.

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Shoppers Cafe

Shoppers Cafe

Shoppers Cafe has been Waltham’s favorite spot for great food, cold drinks, and amazing action for four generations. Part of their appeal was the live events – Karaoke, live bands and more – throughout the week, and enough space to accommodate even the largest groups.

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OFFICE SETTINGS:

Constant Contact

Constant Contact

The irony was that the communication-oriented company, Constant Contact, was struggling with its own internal communication problem.  Noise and reverberation made meetings difficult to hear and understand, and calls with customers just as difficult.

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Spotify

Spotify Case Study

Being in the music industry, Spotify was very aware of the importance of acoustics in their workplace. REVRB®  Acoustical Panels were wrapped in a variety of iconic album covers to stylishly solve Spotify's reverberation and echo issues.

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Conference Room

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Due to one glass wall and a glass door in addition to several hard surfaces in a client's conference room plus the size of the room, we were able to determine that the client was experiencing reflective noise issues as sound waves built up inside the room. 

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DWA Media

DWA Media Case Study

The modern design of the international DWA Media’s conference rooms, rather than solving communication challenges, instead created reverberation issues. Screen printed REVRB® Acoustical Panels were added, which also brought pops of color to the sleek design.

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OTHER:

Automotive Car Wash

Automotive Car Wash

An automotive manufacturing plant had three areas of its facility where sound levels were a concern, specifically the car washing and car air blowing/drying areas. The manufacturer’s sound standards were set at 80 dBA and were reading closer to 85 – 90 dBA.

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Gold In Art Jewelers

Jewelry Store Soundproofing

Conversation with customers was difficult because of echoing. At times they could not even understand what their customers were saying. While the owner was initially very skeptical, we were able to explain the testing required that would clearly define the problem. 

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Home Theatre

Home Theatre Soundproofing

The homeowner was interested in improving his room acoustics with our REVRB® Acoustical Panels not only because of their acoustic performance but because of our ability to decorate the panels with customized artwork and graphics.

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