Project Profiles: Sports

Fenway Park, Boston

Materials

All Weather Sound Panels resolve noise issues from a chiller and other mechanical equipment in an exclusive outdoor function area at Fenway Park.

All Weather Sound Panels resolve noise issues from a chiller and other mechanical equipment in an exclusive outdoor function area at Fenway Park.

Nineteen 4- by 10-foot All Weather Sound Panels were installed at this famous ballpark to resolve noise issues from a chiller and other mechanical equipment in an exclusive outdoor function area. After installation, sound meter results showed 81dB inside the enclosure and 64.4dB outside of the enclosure, a reduction of more than 16dB (a 10dB decrease in sound is perceived as half the amount of reduced sound to the human ear). The panels were painted to match the park’s color scheme, and vines were planted in containers to grow in front of the panels creating a natural look to complement the adjacent Fenway Farms, which was created in 2015.

The panels are entirely welded aluminum, washable, hydrophobic, UL STD 723 tested and 0 smoke/flame. Easily stored, 50 panels can be stacked within a 10-foot height.

All Weather Sound Panels’ Manufacturer: Acoustiblok Inc.

The Retrofit

The panel manufacturer was contacted by Fenway Park when stadium officials decided to take some unused deck space and create an outdoor function area that could be used by groups.

Half the deck area was used for a chiller and some mechanical equipment that was noisy and needed sound abatement. After reviewing their options, the officials decided on all Weather Sound Panels because they are cost effective, easy to install and offer advanced soundproofing capabilities while being attractive.

The project began in February 2016 and was completed in May. Currently called the Jeano Deck, the space is designed for groups to rent and can accommodate up to 200 people.

Photo: Acoustiblok Inc.

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