Manor Independent School District (ISD) supports more than 9,000 students and a growing community in Central Texas with residences in Austin, Elgin and Manor. A home for the high-tech industry, Samsung, Applied Materials, Dell and Freescale Semiconductors are all in close proximity.
Serving both the community and up to 900 students in grades 6 through 8, Manor ISD recently opened a 100,000-square-foot new technology middle school. Designed by Stantec, the three-story educational facility reflects the contemporary, high-tech workplaces of the area. Inspired by these collaborative environments, Manor New Tech Middle School features an open and transparent floor plan organized around a vibrant, central gathering space.
Optimizing acoustic performance
Within Manor New Tech Middle School’s hub of activity, the noise of escalating voices could become overwhelming. To help control the build-up of noise, Stantec selected white, frameless, acoustic, stone wool Rockfon® Island™ products.
“When the students come together in this multi-functional meeting spot, our sound-absorbing Rockfon Islands help increase speech intelligibility and mitigate the ‘Lombard effect,’ where people talk louder and louder to make themselves heard when trying to talk in noisy environments,” explained Rockfon’s acoustic specialist, Gary Madaras, Ph.D., ASA, INCE, Assoc. AIA.
Positioned for optimized acoustic performance and visual interest, Standard Drywall installed more than 5,000 square feet of Rockfon Island direct-mount panels in both 4-by-4 and 4-by-8 foot sizes as provided by Action Gypsum. The modular format and lightweight materials contributed to a smooth and speedy installation. Managed by Joeris General Contractors, the project was completed on schedule for the 2017-18 academic year.