Design Guide: Recreation Centers Case Studies January 1976
Problem 5: Because of the hard surfaces
Problem 4: The existing Center has an
institutionalized appearance; the image of the
throughout the Centers, the building lacks
sound absorption qualities, creating a tremen-
Center should be informal, non-military, and
dous acoustical problem. Additional problems
provide a change of pace from the duty
environment. This institutionalized appearance
exist because this sound is transmitted between
is conveyed by the Center's large spaces, long
corridors, use of materials, color schemes,
Response: The solution to the problem is
uniform lighting systems, and lack of identity
two-fold: absorb as much sound as possible in
the space where it is generated and prevent
Response: Redecorate: Change paint schemes
sound from escaping into other spaces.
by asking soldiers to indicate preferences of
Redecorate: Separate confIicting acitvities by
colors from TM 5-807-7. Don't use wainscot
locating other activities between them.
Add absorptive materials where possible, such
Cover exposed block walls with different
as fabric acoustical wall panels, fiberglass sound
material i.e., fabric panels, gypsum wall-
absorption panels in active game areas and
paneling, vinyl wall covering, or
enclosed multipurpose space; carpet floors; add
carpeting on floors. This will also reduce the
sound baffles to ceiling; change doors to solid
core wood doors with sound insulating seals;
seal cracks between spaces.
Create a Center identity by employing a
distinctive and unified graphic treatment using
Remodel: Enclose noisy activities with sound-
the Center's name or logo or supergraphics to
proof walls which would have a sound
indicate space identification or intended use.
transmission rating of +40 dB or greater and
with a sound barrier installed above the ceiling
Remodel: Redesign the lighting system to be
and coincident to the partition. Install acous-
more activity-oriented with changes in light
tical tile ceilings in noisy areas with an NCR
level rather than the existing uniform scheme.
Use special lighting effects and dimmers; this
equal to .85 and STC equal to 35 dB or greater.
would also conserve energy.
Where possible, erect sound baffles at doorways
of noisy activity spaces.
Develop new spatial configurations by using
Eliminate openings between spaces where
built-in furniture and low partitions to define
the spaces; demolish walls, introduce level
possible, such as louvers, return air grilles, etc.,
changes, drop ceiling panels, and reorganize
install sound baffles in ventilating system.