The Ronald Reagan Building was constructed on the last available space in the Federal Triangle area of Washington D.C. The food court in this building was designed by the architect with a high dome ceiling surrounded by a flat ceiling surface with vaulted sky-lights.
The architect realized that this unique design, which includes hard reflective surfaces, coupled with the dome’s parabolic effect, would create an undesirable acoustical environment. He was concerned that the ambient noise and reverberation levels within the dining facility would be excessive.
A layout was designed, and Acoustical Solutions was called onto the job site. The first acoustical treatment that was installed was a series of AlphaSorb® Sound Baffles. These baffles were installed in a radius pattern around the center of the dome. From there, other AlphaSorb® Acoustic Panels were flush mounted to the ceilings with Z-clips around the perimeter of the room.
The architect’s goal for both an aesthetically and acoustically pleasing dining facility was successful. Today this is one of the busiest food courts in all of Washington D.C. The early planning by the architect, along with the quality products and professional installation offered by Acoustical Solutions, continues to provide an environment that is both acoustically comfortable and pleasing to the eye.