Author Topic: Reducing sound in a co-op common area  (Read 3724 times)

dmcallister

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Reducing sound in a co-op common area
« on: April 29, 2008, 03:43:55 PM »
I need to reduce the sound escaping from a common room at a co-op for students at the University of Texas, where people gather and bands play.  The area is ~ 30'x40', with concrete floors and an open ceiling with sprayed on cellulose insulation.  There are 4 doors and 4 floor to (almost) ceiling (3'x8') windows.  The walls are 11' to the decking.  The big problem is that the (sheet rock) walls are covered with student's art work (some might call it graffiti) and cannot be opened up or permanently covered.  Is there a solution?  The neighbors are complaining, and while I don't I haven't measured the spl at the street apparently it's loud enough that the city has threatened legal action if something isn't done.
Can anybody help?

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Re: Reducing sound in a co-op common area
« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2008, 10:25:46 PM »
If you cant address the walls and ceiling with soundproofing materials(to create mass) then your only option is to address the doors and windows.
Seal the doors.
http://www.soundproofing.org/infopages/soundproofing_doors.htm
and plug the windows.
http://www.soundproofing.org/infopages/windowplug.htm
Considering what you cant do, I hope this will help.
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