Elfers Christian School

New Port Richey, FL
Architect: Sonic Shield

Gymnasiums are always a troublesome area for echo and reverberation. Elfers Christian School is a prestigious private school suffering from this exact problem in its school’s gymnasium. Sporting events, pep rallies, and other gatherings held in the space always brought along an obscene level of noise. This problem began to affect the surrounding classrooms and offices, and students and players were having a hard time understanding their coaches and teammates. Elfers reached out to a company to install “sound absorbing” panels in the gymnasium, but expectations were far from met.

Seeking a solution to the sound problem, Elfers contacted Sonic Shield, a distributor of REVRB™ Acoustical Panels: Traditional Series. Sonic Shield successfully determined the time the noise was taking to stop echoing, also called the reverberation time, using an algorithm, which factors in the dimensions of the gymnasium and the materials on the floor, walls, and ceiling throughout the space. With the reverberation time calculated, Sonic Shield was able to figure out the square-footage of REVRB™ Acoustical Panels that needed to be installed to reduce the time. In the end, almost 3,000 square-feet of REVRB™ Acoustical Panels were installed on the ceiling and walls throughout the gymnasium. The reduction of sound was phenomenal, the Principal of the Elfers Christian School was, “definitely pleased with the final result.”