Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art
Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA

Project Details

Acoustical Soloutions
Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA

Located in Virginia Beach, The Contemporary Art Center of Virginia is a non-profit institution founded in 1952 to foster awareness, exploration and understanding of the significant art of our time.

This award-winning facility is dedicated to the presentation of contemporary art. Painting, sculpture, photography, glass, video and other media from artists are explored through regularly changing exhibitions. The expansive 4,800 square-foot atrium that features a vaulted ceiling with skylights and live trees is the focal point of the museum complex. A flexible floor plan can accommodate an intimate event for 35 or an extravagant gala for 350 guests. The space is used for meetings, musical performances, weddings and a variety of other events.

Acoustical Solutions’ primary goal was to reduce the RT60 (reverberation time) in the room to an acceptable level that would allow the room to be used for both large and small gatherings.

The second goal was to come up with the best material to fit in with the look of the ceiling without drawing unnecessary attention to the area.

After discussing the acoustical problems with the director and the recommended application method with the fire marshal, Acoustical Solutions installed a series of large 4’x 8’x 2? AlphaSorb® Sound Baffles in the ceiling, directly below the sprinkler heads.

Vertical hanging baffles were used so as to not block the sprinkler flow in case of emergency. They were hung using aircraft cable connected to the beams with beam clamps and threaded rod.

The results were a lower reverberation time in the room and greater speech intelligibility in the atrium area. Now, the museum can use the room for a wider variety of events and visitors will have a better experience on their way to viewing the exhibits.