Last fall, current 8th grade student Isaac Hargrave recognized the need to improve the acoustics in the Middle School. His 8-month journey was completed last week with the installation of acoustic panels in the Humanities room. Below, Isaac talks about his process and the impact this project is already having on sound for his classmates.

We found that many of the rooms in the Upper El and Middle School building had poor acoustics – especially in classrooms and places that it’s important to hear (like the science lab). The science lab itself would have been very expensive to treat acoustically, so we decided that we should start with another room first.

We decided on the Humanities room for several reasons:
1.       The acoustics could stand to be improved;
2.       It wouldn’t cost that much to have it be a “test” room for acoustic treatment;
3.       The Humanities room is one where it is especially important to be able to hear.

Once we decided on the room, I went about the research and found that acoustic panels would be the best possible solution to the classroom’s needs. I got a professional consultation online of the room, and it was determined that acoustic panels would be the best to absorb the most sound.

It was a massive journey for me, from ordering them to finding out how to attach them. It took over 8 months from start to finish. Eight panels were finally installed by my dad, Eliot Woessner (current 7th grade student) and me last Friday. Not only do they look amazing, the room is strangely quiet as well and it is much easier to hear who is talking.