Gretna United Methodist Church Creates a Work of Art with Acoustical Wall Panels
Gretna United Methodist Church in Gretna, Louisiana knew they had a sound problem within their church sanctuary, however they did not want a typical acoustical wall panel treatment.
[ClickPress, Mon Dec 11 2006] In early 2005, Trey Harris the senior pastor approached Acoustical Solutions about treating the problems within the sanctuary; they had a reverberation time of over four seconds and a slap back echo problem. However, the biggest challenge that was involved was meeting the aesthetic looks desired by the church.
They did not want a series of square or rectangle fabric wrapped acoustical wall panels lining the walls. When Trey Harris first came to Acoustical Solutions for an answer, he was told that he needed to treat the back wall of the church and that if he could draw out a pattern for the wall panels that Acoustical Solutions could make them to any size and at that time Acoustical Solutions suggested the possibility of a starburst pattern of panels above the doors with panels on each side of the doors having angled cuts at the top of the panels to match the pitch of the ceiling.
Gretna United Methodist Church had an architect from the congregation draw up a design with rough dimensions and placed an order. Acoustical Solutions had their CAD department draw up each of the panels and send it back to the church to double check the dimensions. Once the drawings were approved the church had the answer to both their acoustical and aesthetic problems within three weeks and everybody was pleased at how precisely the panels fit together to form this one of a kind acoustical treatment.
Trey Harris, senior pastor, had this to say “If my calculations are correct and I know they are at least very close, our sanctuary went from a four second reverberation time down to a two second reverberation time and the slap back echo had been removed completely by applying the panels you made for us.”
The church secretary stated, “Everyone that comes into our church is amazed at how pretty the acoustical wall panels look, they have never seen a church that was able to utilize acoustical treatment to make it into a work of art.”