The newly-designed Canada Science and Technology Museum invites visitors to immerse themselves in Canadian science, technology and innovation through permanent, visiting and interactive exhibitions, as well as through school programs, workshops and special events.
Presenting a modern space for these special occasions, the museum’s updated event hall can accommodate up to 500 people in all seasons for banquets, conferences, presentations and receptions. Spanning nearly 5,000 square feet, the hall’s expansive space offers flexible personalization and plenty of natural lighting with the option for black out shades.
Optimizing acoustics for event spaces
When designing and building a multi-purpose event space, optimizing the acoustics for a variety of different functions can be especially challenging.
“Sound-absorbing elements such as Rockfon's Islands and Contour Baffles help control the build-up of noise during events like banquets and receptions, and prevent excessive reverberance during conferences and presentations,” explained Rockfon’s acoustic specialist, Gary Madaras, Ph.D., ASA, INCE, Assoc. AIA. “This increases speech intelligibility and mitigates the ‘Lombard effect,’ where people talk louder and louder to make themselves heard when trying to talk in noisy environments.”
To provide optimal acoustics in the museum’s event hall, general contractor Pomerleau Inc. worked with ceiling installing contractor Construction Integral MT Inc. Ceiling systems distributor Morin Bros. Building Supplies Inc. recommended a combination of frameless, acoustic, stone wool Rockfon® Island™ products and Rockfon® Contour™ baffles.
“Rockfon and Morin Bros. worked together,” said Yanik Morin, vice president of Morin Bros. “We were able to deliver the product in ‘impossible’ timelines. We had the support of the subcontractor (Integral), the G.C. (Pomerleau) and the owner (Ingenium). This is the perfect example of when all parties cooperate, we can get a solution that suits everybody.”
The white, 4-by-4 foot, Rockfon Islands are suspended horizontally in an attractive, widely-spaced, array in stark contrast to the blacked-out structure and mechanicals above. The white, 2-by-4 foot Contour baffles are suspended vertically in an irregular pattern within the array to provide visual interest. The modular format and lightweight materials contributed to a smooth and speedy installation.