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Pritchard Community Center

The Issue

The Pritchard Community Center was in dire need of an economical, durable solution for their two community oriented gymnasiums. As the local community hub, the center also serves as the headquarters for the City of Elizabethtown Parks and Recreation Department.

The Challenge

The center offers year round indoor and outdoor basketball courts, a gym area featuring a universal weight machine, two treadmills, a stair climber, miscellaneous weighted dumbbells, as well as two racquetball courts and a ping pong table. Indoor tennis is available on a seasonal basis, Mid November-Mid March. The facility rooms at the center are used for wedding receptions, car shows, a kid’s consignment sale, a quilt show and various organization conventions. Civic organizations use the multipurpose center on various occasions and the center also doubles as the local emergency shelter for our Red Cross Chapter.

The City of Elizabethtown contacted us originally with the following issues. They have 2 gyms that are multipurpose rooms where the echo was just too loud. They play basketball there and require a panel that can hold up to basketballs hitting them and can come back to original shape.

The Solution

Because of the sprinkler system, we were unable to use baffles or clouds. They wanted something that they were able to choose a color on, wouldn’t break the bank and would stand up to the occasional basketball impact. I decided that flush mount AlphaEnviro® Ripstop Acoustic Panels using fender washers would be the best option. We were able to come up with the recommended total square footage necessary, based on the dimensions and cubic volume of the space. They also had some exit signs and HVAC that we needed to work around, so we included some custom sized panels for an exact fit. They loved the treatment in their first gym so much that they decided to do the other gym, as well.

Pritchard Community Center in the City of Elizabethtown utilizing AlphaEnviro Ripstop Acoustic Panels to tame the sound in their multipurpose room.

Pritchard Community Center in the City of Elizabethtown utilizing AlphaEnviro® Ripstop Acoustic Panels to tame the sound in their multipurpose room.

The Result

By installing the AlphaEnviro® Ripstop baffles, they were able to reduce the reverb time significantly. This led to better speech intelligibility and an overall better experience for guests.

In the Customer’s Own Words

Review #1: “Very pleased with the results. We have two gyms that have terrible acoustics problems. In one gym, we installed 4′ x 8′ panels around the room on the walls. It cut the echo down in half. The plan was to hang another 50 2’x4′ baffles from the ceiling. Our Parks & Rec Director decided to do the other gym walls so we have those on order. I still want to do the hanging baffles but might be in next year’s budget. Mark Brock has been GREAT to work with and very helpful. 5 stars well deserved!”

Review #2: “We have two multipurpose rooms (gyms) that the echo was terrible. We got technical help from Acoustical on what we need. Part was panels on the walls and other was baffles hanging from the ceiling. We planned to do one gym completely to see if it would help. After just doing the wall panels, the echo was cut in half! We decided to do the other gym rather than the hanging baffles so both wouldn’t have as much echo. We plan to put into budget next year to finish hanging baffles but we are VERY PLEASED with the results. Highly recommend Acoustical Solutions!!!”

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