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Sam Houston State University Music Building

The Issue

Ward Furniture & Flooring contacted Acoustical Solutions for help with replacing acoustical panels in Sam Houston State University’s music building. The university was looking for a visually appealing option to replace aging panels in existing framed areas.

About the Client

Ward Furniture & Flooring, originally founded as an appliance store in 1944, provides high-quality products and services.

Named for Texas’s greatest hero, Sam Houston State University (SHSU) continually honors its historical roots through academic excellence. For more than 140 years, SHSU has been preparing students for meaningful lives of achievement. SHSU hosts approximately 21,612 students. In U.S. News and World Report, SHSU is the best in Texas in ‘Top Performers on Social Mobility’ and No. 6 in the ‘2022 Best Colleges in Texas.’ Sam Houston State offers top-ranked degree programs and is No. 3 among the ‘Best Valued Online Colleges’ by TexasOnlineColleges.com.

AlphaSorb FR701 Fabric Wrapped Acoustic Panels installed in the Sam Houston State University Music Room

AlphaSorb FR701 Fabric Wrapped Acoustic Panels installed in the Sam Houston State University Music Room

The Challenge

The biggest challenge with this project was that the existing panels were encased by a wood trim on the wall which was not being removed. This meant the solution we provided would have to be customizable to fit the existing openings. The solution also needed to be effective in order to manage band and music practice in the space with tile floors and drywall walls.

The Solution

After considering multiple options, we decided to offer a solution that would match as close as possible to the existing panels the university had. The decision was made to use our Alphasorb® FR701 Fabric Wrapped Wall Panels, as these were fully customizable to any size up to 4’x10′. This allowed us to fit panels exactly inside the existing trim pieces on the walls with no field cuts required.

The Result

Upon installation, the noise level is managed to a comfortable level for these musicians to rehearse and the space got a face-lift with brand new panels on the walls. The customer is satisfied with the results and can enjoy the space’s new look for years to come.

AlphaSorb FR701 Fabric Wrapped Acoustic Panels installed in the Sam Houston State University Music Room

AlphaSorb FR701 Fabric Wrapped Acoustic Panels installed in the Sam Houston State University Music Room


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