“One-eighth of an inch off anywhere, and they would not have fit,” he said. “But the Acoustiblok team custom cut and finished each panel to the exact dimensions, and they all fit together flawlessly.”
Nineteen standard 4 foot x 8 foot panels and 13 custom sized panels were used to create the precision noise barrier that Temple leaders wanted; clean, aesthetically pleasing, and most important, effective.
“After the panels went in, the noise issue was resolved, which was surprising because the building that houses this noisy industrial equipment has no roof,” Orava says. “The noise is no longer a problem.”
Acoustiblok President and Founder Lahnie Johnson says the All Weather Sound Panels are different from other conventional sound panels. In addition to being able to stand up to the most extreme environments, they not only absorb virtually all sound but they also contain a layer of Acoustiblok material which provides exceptional noise blockage.
The sound absorbency of the panel brings down substantially the acoustical energy around the generator and chiller by eliminating all sound reflections in the area, while the Acoustiblok material in the panel allows it to also be an excellent sound barrier. These qualities make the All Weather Sound Panels a perfect fit for the LDS Temple, where they will perform at their full potential in the Northwest Canadian environment.
“Vancouver experiences some real weather extremes, which these panels are built for,” Johnson says.
“In addition, when they are worked into an architectural design with this kind of precision and attention to detail, they offer an enhanced aesthetic when appearance is important, as it was here.”
About Acoustiblok All Weather Sound Panels®
Acoustiblok, a NASA “Spin-off” company, developed the All Weather Sound Panels, engineered specifically to withstand the most rigorous outdoor and industrial environments. Water, moisture, humid salt air or salt water, dirt, dust, UV, chlorine air, corrosion, and most harsh chemicals do not affect them. The industrial sound panels are available with an acoustically transparent five micron stainless steel dust filter for outdoor use in the world’s toughest environments, from the mining industry to the desert areas of the Middle East, and other applications where dust is a concern. Acoustiblok sound panels are extremely durable and are currently in use by the United States Army in the Middle East.
Washable, durable, long lasting and usable in hundreds of areas and applications, the Acoustiblok All Weather Sound Panels are not just “sound absorbing” but also “sound blocking.” This allows the panel to not only absorb sound but also stop the sound from penetrating through the panel, a very meaningful advantage over conventional “sound absorbing” panels that stop sound reflections but are poor sound barriers.
With an unprecedented noise reduction coefficient (NRC) of 1.00 (Riverbank Acoustical Laboratories test results), they are the only noise barrier wind-load tested to 270 mph. Rigid and self-supporting, they can be used like building blocks to permanently or temporarily enclose any noise source, such as chillers and industrial machinery.