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Westmount School

“When you have flexible open education spaces, you have to pay attention to the problem of acoustics”, says Jim Seumanu, Principal at New Zealand’s Westmount School. “If your students can’t hear you, how are they supposed to learn?”

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Flinders in Shale Outcrop FL05 and Pichi FL07

There is a general recognition that in open area learning spaces, the base level of unwanted noise is likely to increase as students work collaboratively together. The challenge here was therefore one of finding a way to drop the floor level of ambient noise in the open learning spaces at Westmount School’s Palmerston North Campus. For increased noise absorption results, carpet tiles offered a significant opportunity for helping to reduce noise.

The Flinders QuietBack™ Collection in a custom size plank format allowed the carpet to be installed in an engaging pattern, using a blend of solid tones in breakout areas to enhance the aesthetic of the space. Whilst functional and visually stimulating, the installation most importantly mitigated the acoustics problem, with these tiles achieving an NRC rating of 0.35.

“We are loving the acoustic performance of the space”, says Jim Seumanu.


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