Eola Eyes Project Wins Design Award

by admin on November 21, 2012

Acoustical Interior Construction Award - Eola EyesThe award-winning Eola Eyes design project in Downtown Orlando’s Mills 50 District recently received another honor.  Acoustical Interior Construction Magazine awarded the project its Bronze Medal for Construction Excellence.  The award writeup cited the use of custom Whisperwave acoustical ribbon baffles from Pinta Acoustic, which were specified so as to dampen noise and echo within the optometry practice.

The Eola Eyes project was previously recognized with a Downtown Orlando Partnership Golden Brick Award and a City of Orlando District 4 Beautification Award. The Studio 3 Designs team worked closely with Pinta Acoustics, MDC Architects, and McCree General Contractors on the project.

The Eola Eyes renovation project presented many challenges, one of which was excessive noise throughout the space.  The first solution that we considered was a metal grid ceiling with an acoustical backer, but the budget did not allow for that. As we searched for alternatives, we came across the Whisperwave acoustical baffles manufactured by Pinta Acoustics. After researching their noise-dampening properties, we thought we had found our solution, but there was a hangup. At just 9.5 feet, the ceiling height for the project was not sufficient to allow for standard-sized baffles.

Working directly with Pinta Acoustics, we specified the design of custom S-curve baffles in a size and shape befitting of the restrictive ceiling height. The baffles were custom-painted a light blue shade and tightly suspended perpendicularly to open-web steel joists below a foil-faced ceiling insulation blanket, painted midnight blue. Altogether, 134 S-shaped Whisperwave Ribbon Baffles were installed throughout a 2,000 sq. ft. area that includes the reception, waiting, pre-exam, and retail areas of the practice. The panels are made from willtec foam, which is Class 1 fire-rated for flame-spread and smoke density.

The end result of the installation is a noise dampening solution that is as aesthetically pleasing as it is functional. Studio 3 Designs is proud to have been a part of such a fun and challenging project that truly added value to the Eola Eyes practice and the Mills 50 streetscape alike.

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