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  EchoSorb® Acoustical Panels Solve Noise Problem For School District

Buena Regional School District in Buena, New Jersey was in desperate need of a solution for a noise problem in a middle school gym in the district. Daniel Dandrea, the Facilities Manager for the District was looking for an affordable solution that was uncomplicated and straightforward and that could be installed by employees of their school district at the Cleary Middle School. 

EchoSorb® acoustical panels, manufactured by Panelfold of Miami, Fla., was specifically developed to absorb noise reverberation and are also lightweight, durable, and easy to install. EchoSorb® was just what Dandrea and the Buena Regional School District was looking for. 

Forty four 48- x 96-inch EchoSorb® Acoustical Panels were installed by the Buena, N.J. School District with outstanding results.Forty four 48- x 96-inch EchoSorb® panels were ordered by the Buena Regional School District and installed by two of the district’s employees and a mechanical lift over the school holiday. In a letter to Panelfold after the installation, Dandrea reported, “The terrible echo created by four solid concrete walls with dozens of playing children within its confines has been reduced dramatically by your acoustical panels. The installation process was uncomplicated and straightforward, requiring no special tools.”

A room with hard surfaces on floors, walls and ceilings, or a room with glass windows will make listening difficult due to echoes or sound bounce, called the “slap” effect (Slap Effect is the repeat or echo you get back in a room when you do a loud clap of your hands). EchoSorb® panels have been laboratory tested and rated with a Noise Reduction Coefficient of .75 and can be used to significantly reduce the “slap” effect. 

Dandrea further reported that the teaching staff using the gym had been complaining for years about the problem of the noise. After the EchoSorb® panels by Panelfold were installed over the holidays, the staff said the difference was so dramatic they thought they had gone to the wrong school!

The school district has been so pleased with the performance of EchoSorb® panels in the gym they have ordered more panels for the school cafeteria. The EchoSorb® panels were supplied for the gym and cafeteria by Fred Tolley of KLT Sales and Service, Panelfold’s distributor in Vineland, N.J.

Panelfold’s EchoSorb® panels are designed for ease of installation, especially in existing rooms where there is a reverberation problem. Panelfold stocks 24- x 48-inch panels in limited color for quick shipment (within 5 working days) and the fabric is non-directional, so the panels can be mounted either vertically or horizontally. Panelfold can also custom make panels up to 48- x 96-inches in special colors that can be shipped within 21 days. A typical 24- x 48-inch panel can be installed inside a half hour and easy to follow illustrated installation instructions are included with the panels and can also be found on Panelfold’s website. 

Panelfold® began with the manufacture of wood folding accordion type doors in 1953. This year marks the company’s fiftieth anniversary under the same ownership, management and South Florida location. Since those early days they have progressed to manufacture wood and vinyl fabric acoustical folding partitions, flat panel operable partitions, and relocatable (portable panel) walls, in addition to their original products, for all kinds of construction projects. Those who are interested in obtaining more information can visit Panelfold on the web at www.panelfold.com.

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