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All Weather Sound Panels Give Football Fans a Better Experience at Illinois State University’s Hancock Stadium

Posted by Thomas Wiseman on Tue, Dec 10, 2013 @ 04:30 PM

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TAMPA, Fla., December 11, 2013 – Acoustiblok’s All Weather Sound Panel noise barriers installed under the premium seating section of the new east side grandstand at Illinois State University’s $27.6 million renovated football stadium diminishes loud compressor noise and gives fans a better game day experience.

All Weather Sound Panels are industrial grade acoustical barrier assemblies used to block excessive noise in industrial, commercial, institutional and community environments. These unique noise barrier panels are not just “sound absorbing” but also “sound blocking.” This allows them to not only absorb the loud mechanical noise, but also stop noise from penetrating through the panel.

The renovation of Hancock Stadium was needed to replace the outdated structures in the stadium that had been the home to Illinois State University since the early 1960s. The stadium lacked modern amenities and premium seating and entertainment areas that are common in today’s modern college football stadiums. These premium areas are vital to bringing in additional revenue for the university.

The renovation focused on the stadium’s east side area which was rebuilt and transformed into the stadium’s new modern 7-story front entrance and premium seating area. The new east side structure now includes a 5,500 sq. ft. indoor club, seven private luxury boxes, catering area, more modern and expanded concession areas and restrooms, bleacher back seating areas, and a state-of-the art press box among other improvements. The improvements have doubled the seating capacity of Hancock Stadium and have created a stadium that the community can now be proud of.

These new indoor areas require ventilation, cooling, heating and also refrigeration for concession and entertainment areas which require the use of noisy compressors. These machines typically result in a combination of two noise sources: noise that was already there in the signal, now amplified; and noise created by the actual circuit design and components of the compressor. Compressors often draw complaints for loud humming, rumbling, scraping, thumping and vibrating, rattling, squealing, or pop and bang sounds.

At Hancock Stadium and most stadiums in general, the noisy compressors and other mechanical equipment are located under the concourse level which typically pose a noise problem if not properly addressed with an acoustical barrier like Acoustiblok’s All Weather Sound Panels. These panels are available in various sizes up to 4 x 12 foot, are approximately 2.44-inches thick with aluminum frame and have a perforated aluminum grille. They are all welded, with tubular enforced eyelets in the frame allowing use of anchors or tapcons for wall mounting. All Weather Sound Panels contain the company’s signature product, Acoustiblok sound mitigating material which is a 1/8-inch thick heavy mineral-filled viscoelastic material which stops sound from penetrating through it. This is a very meaningful advantage over conventional "sound absorbing" panels which stop sound reflections but are poor sound barriers.

All Weather Sound Panels are rigid and self-supporting. They can be used like building blocks to permanently or temporarily enclose a noise source such as chillers, generators, and other machinery. The product widely is used in industrial and commercial facilities where loud, ongoing noise is a concern.

David Vance is senior vice president of Associated Constructors, a Bloomington, Illinois multi-trade subcontracting construction company that performed the interior finishing work for the Hancock Stadium renovation project. The company has been in existence for 29 years.

2013 05 16 08 17 14“We installed two sections of Acoustiblok’s All Weather Sound panels in areas that were approximately 16 X 70 feet. The panels were suspended with unistrut metal framing system and 3/8 inch threaded cable rod on the same slope on the bottom of the bleachers,” said Vance.

“It was the first time we used these All Weather Sound Panels and they worked out great. The architect liked them too."

“Acoustiblok did a great job packaging and crating the sound panels. We were impressed with this. The panels arrived in great shape and we had no problems handling them. It took us a day to determine how we were going to construct and fasten the barrier under the sloped area. We undid the seating bracing and threaded them through the L cuts we made. Once we had the installation sequence down, we had no problems.”

HANCOCK Stadium BEST photo original Marilyn Myers is Chief Operating Officer of Acoustiblok. She coordinated the sale and planning of the All Weather Sound Panels for the projects.


“Each noise problem we solve at Acoustiblok has its own unique set of design challenges. There are a lot of design factors to consider when you are trying to mitigate noise in a specific environment. Modern day sports stadiums are unique in that there are both indoor and outdoor areas interconnected. The challenge was to create a sound barrier that mitigated unwanted chiller and machinery noise and keep it isolated so it does not negatively impact the fans sitting above. They accomplished this using our All Weather Sound Panels,” said Myers.

“Hancock Stadium shows us that Acoustiblok’s All Weather Sound Panels are effective for use in modern day sports stadiums that have chiller and HVAC system noise,” she added.

describe the imageDavid Vance said his company was pleased with Acoustiblok’s customer service. “Marilyn did a great job and was very responsive to our needs. We got toward the end of the installation and the width was changed and we needed a few custom sized panels unexpectedly. Acoustiblok made them for us quickly and shipped them to us right away. We appreciated their responsiveness and concern for our needs and deadline,” Vance added.

Acoustiblok’s All Weather Sound Panels use only the highest quality material and craftsmanship. Strain hardened 0.040" (1.016mm) corrosion resistant perforated aluminum front is resistant to abuse and sharp objects. The heavy duty frames have 18 flush eyelets free from any protrusions or screw heads thus allowing flush stacking and storage.

Acoustiblok manufactures two versions of these indoor /outdoor sound panels available: one with hurricane-rated internal reinforcement and one without. They are easily movable and do not need to be permanent as they can be stored in harsh environments without harm from the elements.

“The panels were priced right. It’s a good product. We would definitely use the product again,” Vance concluded.

Lahnie Johnson is president and founder of Acoustiblok. “We’re very proud of our All Weather Sound Panels and we think it’s a great product. There are many indoor and outdoor uses for these panels,” Johnson said.

While 2013 ushered in a whole new era of Redbirds football for Illinois State University at the bigger and more modern Hancock Stadium, Acoustiblok’s All Weather Sound Panels are working quietly without fanfare to keep mechanical noise to a minimum.

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About Acoustiblok – “Quieting the World”

Acoustiblok Inc., a NASA Spin-off listed company headquartered in Tampa, FL, provides acoustical soundproofing solutions for noise related issues. The company develops, manufactures, and markets acoustical products around the world, earning the industry’s highest ratings from architects, builders, and consumers.

Primary products include Acoustiblok® viscoelastic polymer based soundproofing material, Acoustifence® outdoor noise barrier, All Weather Sound Panels®, QuietFiber® insulating material, Quiet-Cloud® industrial sound absorption panels, Acoustiblok WALLCOVER®, and Thermablok® aerogel nanotechnology insulation. Acoustiblok products are used in industrial, residential, commercial, and marine sectors worldwide. The company’s products are made and sourced in the United States.

Acoustiblok Inc. ships products to more than 60 countries through a network of stocking distributors in the United States and on five continents across the globe. The company operates a subsidiary, Acoustiblok Mideast, in Saudi Arabia to augment our distributor network.

About Associated Constructors

Associated Constructors Company is a commercial, multi-trade subcontracting construction company located in Bloomington, Illinois. The company specializes in light-gauge cold form metal framing, drywall, demountable wall partitions, acoustical ceilings and wall panels, building insulation, lath and plaster, spray fire proofing and acoustical treatments, painting and wall coverings, rough and finish carpentry, exterior insulation and finish system (EIFS), and computer access flooring.

About Hancock Stadium Renovation

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Acoustiblok Exhibiting Soundproofing Products for Generator Noise at POWER-GEN International Show in Orlando - Booth 5180

Posted by Thomas Wiseman on Mon, Nov 11, 2013 @ 03:23 PM

 

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TAMPA, Florida, November 11, 2013Acoustiblok Inc. is exhibiting the company’s line of products used to mitigate noise for industrial, commercial and residential generators this week at the 2013 POWER-GEN International Show being held in Orlando, Fla. on November 12-13, 2013.

Like many types of rotating machinery, reciprocating engine-powered generator sets produce noise and vibration. Whether these generator sets run continuously in prime power applications or only occasionally in standby applications, their operating sound levels often must be reduced to comply with local, state or federal ordinances. With maximum noise levels permitted at a property line that range from 52 dB to 72 dB and untreated generator set noise levels that approach 100 dB or more, it is clear that generator set noise mitigation is a subject of great importance.

Lahnie Johnson is president and founder of Acoustiblok Inc. He explained, “Generator noise is a growing problem everywhere, especially in residential neighborhoods where multiple units can be running at once after a storm or power outage.  This is the type of noise that contributes to noise pollution and the health risks that go along with it. People are becoming more proactive about creating a quiet environment, especially at home.”

Acoustiblok’s All Weather Sound Panels® are used to mitigate commercial, industrial, and even residential generator noise. They are engineered specifically to withstand the most rigorous outdoor and industrial environments. Water, moisture, humid salt air or salt water, dirt, dust, constant ultraviolet light, chlorine air, grease, corrosion, and most harsh chemicals are not a problem for this wonderful product. Acoustiblok also produces a hurricane All Weather Sound Panel that is tested to withstand wind load more than 270 MPH. 

The sound absorbency of the panel brings down substantially the acoustical energy around the generator by eliminating all sound reflections in the area, while the Acoustiblok material in the panel allows it to also be an excellent sound barrier.

Acousitblok’s QuietFiber® is the answer to any space in need of a noise fix anywhere noise is a problem, without spending thousands of dollars to retrofit sound abatement material under drywall, or cover walls with the less economical sound panels. Quietfiber can be installed on the ceiling and walls where industrial power systems are housed to quiet the noise. The product is very easy to install. 

Acoustiblok sound reduction material, which is a component of All Weather Sound Panels, is made of a 1/8-inch (3 mm) thick proprietary viscoelastic polymer material with a high-density, non-barium mineral content. It is heavy, yet extremely flexible and can be used in wall joists of generator rooms. It is easily cut to fit with a utility knife, which makes it customizable to fit around pipes and other fixtures. Just one thin layer of Acoustiblok added to a standard metal or wood stud wall will result in more sound reduction - and provide more privacy - than 12-inches (30.5 cm) of poured concrete.

Acoustiblok’s high quality noise abatement products, available since 1998, have earned the industry’s highest ratings from architects, builders, and consumers.

POWER-GEN International is the industry leader in providing comprehensive coverage of the trends, technologies and issues facing the generation sector. More than 1,200 companies from all sectors of the industry exhibit each year to benefit from the exposure to 20,000 attendees. Displaying a wide variety of products and services, POWER-GEN International represents a horizontal look at the industry with key emphasis on new solutions and innovations for the future. 

Read more about Acousitblok’s generator-related projects in the “Press Center” on Acoustiblok.com and see photos of various projects at:  http://www.acoustiblok.com/soundproofing-photos-for-industrial-commercial-noise.php

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About Acoustiblok – “Quieting the World”

Acoustiblok Corporation, a NASA Spin-off listed company headquartered in Tampa, FL, provides acoustical soundproofing solutions for noise related issues. The company develops, manufactures, and markets acoustical products around the world, earning the industry’s highest ratings from architects, builders, and consumers. 

Primary products include Acoustiblok® viscoelastic polymer based soundproofing material, Acoustifence® outdoor noise barrier, All Weather Sound Panels®, QuietFiber® insulating material, Quiet-Cloud® industrial sound absorption panels, Acoustiblok WALLCOVER®, and Thermablok® aerogel nanotechnology insulation. Acoustiblok products are used in industrial, residential, commercial, and marine sectors worldwide. The company’s products are made and sourced in the United States. 

Acoustiblok Corporation ships products to more than 60 countries through a network of stocking distributors in the United States and on five continents across the globe. The company operates a subsidiary, Acoustiblok Mideast, in Saudi Arabia to augment our distributor network.

 

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Acoustiblok, Inc. Achieves Record Sales Revenue and Amount of Product Shipped in 2012

Posted by Thomas Wiseman on Mon, Aug 12, 2013 @ 01:39 PM

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TAMPA, FL, June 27, 2013-Tampa-based Acoustiblok, Inc. achieved a record year in 2012 in terms of total sales revenue and volume of product shipped despite slow moving economies in the United States and many countries across the globe announced Lahnie Johnson, Acoustiblok's president and founder. Acoustiblok, Inc. invents, manufactures and sells acoustical soundproofing products to a multitude of industries. The company, which was established in 2001, is now shipping products to approximately 60 countries across the world.

Acoustiblok achieved a 21 percent increase in total sales revenue from 2011 to 2012. Slow economies have not slowed the success of this growing business. While domestic sales still dominate Acoustiblok’s revenues, international sales are increasingly becoming a higher percentage of the company’s total sales. In 2010, international sales accounted for 12 percent of total sales. In 2011, that figure increased to 19 percent and in 2012, international sales reached 24 percent of total sales.

“With our growing international distributor network in Europe, Australia, South Africa, South Korea, South America, and our efforts in the Middle East through our subsidiary, Acoustiblok Mideast located in Saudi Arabia, our international sales are starting to grow at a faster rate than our domestic sales,” said Johnson.

A number of factors contributed to Acoustiblok’s record sales year in 2012. One of these was a more targeted marketing and sales effort that now spans across the U.S. border via cyberspace. In August 2010, Acoustiblok began using HubSpot inbound marketing software to integrate website, search engine optimization (SEO) efforts, email marketing, blogging, and social media marketing into one system. Hub Spot also provides daily electronic lead generation and analytical data that improves marketing and sales related decision making. With HubSpot’s analytics capabilities and the use of Google AdWords campaigns, Acoustiblok can quickly run targeted online sales campaigns for niche markets in all parts of the world any day.

“We are now interfacing with potential leads literally all over the world in many different forums across all the industries we serve. This helped us increase sales of our popular Acoustifence product from 11 percent of total sales in 2011 to 18 percent in 2012,” Johnson said.

“These days, consumers hear hundreds of marketing messages every day. The worldwide web is transforming the way people, companies and organizations buy products and services.”

With increased product sales come increased shipping volume and more work for our warehouse associates. Acoustiblok also set a company record for the amount of product shipped in 2012. While the company was already shipping to countries such as Saudi Arabia, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Canada and Russia to name a few, in 2012 they also shipped to new countries such as Norway, Hong Kong, Sweden, Germany, Romania, Peru, Singapore, and Malaysia among others.

Two of Acoustiblok’s top selling products, Acoustiblok soundproofing material andAcoustifence, are shipped in large, heavy rolls. The company’s unique and sought after All Weather Sound Panels are hand built at the Tampa location. The large sound panels come in a variety of standard sizes but are also custom built to fit the individual needs of customers. The patented panels are unique as they not only absorb but also block sound and are wind tested for up to an impressive 270 MPH wind load according to Johnson.

“This was also a record for us. It was the most All Weather Sound Panels and Acoustifence we have ever built in one year. I am very proud of our crew,” said Johnson.

Johnson, who founded the company in 1998, is not only an entrepreneur but also an inventor. He leads the new product development efforts for the company, an area he is very passionate about. If things continue to go well for Acoustiblok in terms of sales, there are indications that 2013 could be another record sales year.

With international sales becoming a higher percentage of the company’s total sales, Acoustiblok continues to look into new markets overseas. In December 2012, Johnson was part of a high-level delegation of Florida business leaders that accompanied Florida Governor Rick Scott and Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn on a trade mission to Barranquilla, Colombia, Tampa’s sister city. The mission was part of a strategy to promote Florida exports worldwide and help pave the way for Florida companies to enter or expand their market share in Colombia and attract foreign investment. The trade mission was organized by Enterprise Florida, the state's economic development agency. Colombia is Florida’s second largest trading partner, with trade totaling more than $9 billion in 2011. It is also among the top five destinations for Florida products, amounting to nearly $3 billion in exports.

“The trip was about opening business channels that will benefit growing Tampa area businesses like Acoustiblok. We are hoping to benefit from the rising foreign direct investment from Latin American countries in Florida,” said Johnson.

The demand for noise suppression is growing across the world. It’s now become big in Saudi Arabia. In 2012, the Kingdom developed a comprehensive framework for measuring and monitoring environmental hazards, which included community noise, noise from industrial units, noise from construction activities, noise from vehicles and noise from equipment used outdoors such as residential standby generators, which are being used more and more across the world.

In the United States, noise and nuisance laws are on the rise at the local level. As a result, soundproofing and noise control is starting to gain more awareness, although there’s still a general lack of understanding about the true capabilities of these modern acoustical materials with many consumers.

The residential standby generator market in the United States has risen significantly over the past decade and especially in recent years. Fears of being without electrical power for prolonged periods of time following natural disasters and storms are driving this growth, along with more affordable residential generator units.

“Standby generators run at high sound decibel levels, ranging from 65 – 100-plus decibels, which often exceeds levels for residential noise ordinances not to mention the angry neighbors who have to listen to the noise, especially if that neighbor does not have a generator of their own. The interest in mitigating generator noise with acoustical sound absorption barriers is also growing. These modern acoustical materials cut noise heard by the human ear in half and will help keep generator owners from being cited and fined for nuisance violations,” Johnson said.

While overseas sales of Acoustiblok products are helping the company grow, they are also developing new products and constantly innovating our products into new industries and uses for other soundproofing applications.

“Inventions without innovation is meaningless. Fortunately, we have great products which can be inserted into literally hundreds of sound uses,” Johnson said.

“Our long-term goal is to make the name Acoustiblok synonymous with the term soundproofing. Google the word soundproofing and you will usually see our name at the top of the results. In today’s online world, this is a good first step toward having consumers and product specifiers associate the term soundproofing with Acoustiblok.”

Getting attention in today’s mass marketed world is not easy for smaller companies. Johnson said the company draws attention to the fact that what makes Acoustiblok different from the other soundproofing companies in the United States is not only the amount of certified lab tests done on our products, but also our ability to help customers find technical solutions to their noise problems.

“Whether a solution is needed for a noisy generator at a large industrial facility, to help reduce noise in a large multi-family housing complex, absorb sound at a doctor’s office or gun range, or even to quiet a home HVAC unit or boat motor, more than likely we have already created a similar solution for someone,” Johnson concluded.

For more information on Acoustiblok products visit the Acoustiblok website (http://www.acoustiblok.com), send an Email to sales(at)acoustiblok(dot)com, or call 813-965-4373.

About Acoustiblok – “Quieting the World”

Acoustiblok Corporation, a NASA Spin-off listed company headquartered in Tampa, FL, provides acoustical soundproofing solutions for noise related issues. The company develops, manufactures, and markets acoustical products around the world, earning the industry’s highest ratings from architects, builders, and consumers.

Primary products include Acoustiblok® viscoelastic polymer based soundproofing material, Acoustifence® outdoor noise barrier, All Weather Sound Panels®, QuietFiber® insulating material, Quiet-Cloud® industrial sound absorption panels, Acoustiblok WALLCOVER®, and Thermablok® aerogel nanotechnology insulation. Acoustiblok products are used in industrial, residential, commercial, and marine sectors worldwide. The company’s products are made and sourced in the United States.

Acoustiblok Corporation ships products to approximately 60 countries through a network of stocking distributors in the United States and on five continents across the globe. The company operates a subsidiary, Acoustiblok Mideast, in Saudi Arabia to augment our distributor network.

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Acoustiblok Exhibits Soundproofing Products at 2013 International Builders Show

Posted by Thomas Wiseman on Mon, Jan 21, 2013 @ 05:53 PM

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LAS VEGAS, Nev., January 21, 2013 – Tampa based Acoustiblok Corporation exhibited the company’s line of certified and lab tested acoustical soundproofing  products for single and multi-family residential applications in booth number 1049 at the 2013 NAHB International Builders Show being held at the Las Vegas Convention Center from January 22 – 24, 2013.

Acoustiblok's new and more interative trade show booth (shown below before the opening of the exhibit hall) caught the eye of many conference attendees and IBS show judges. Acoustiblok was one of hundreds of companies that participated in the show and exhibited their products on the 400,000 square-foot exhibition hall floor.  

IBS booth 2013 view from up high no people in it

Acoustiblok® is an easily installed material that can not only reduce noise from within a house but also reduce outside noise. Acoustiblok can be installed:

• on studs before attaching drywall to reduce noise between rooms
• over floor joists before the sub floor is attached to reduce the sound from walking (impact noise) as well as the noise created in the room
• on roof trusses to reduce noise from low flying airplanes or busy highways
• around plumbing pipes to quiet the sound of running water.

Acoustiblok can also be used in home theaters and multi-functional A/V type entertainment rooms.

In multi-family units such as condominiums and apartment complexes, a leading cause of tenant relocation is noise.  The problem of sound attenuation in these types of buildings is rarely addressed properly.  By installing Acoustiblok® over the studs, ceiling and floor joists, sound can be effectively stopped before it vibrates the structure. Acoustiblok® is a flexible, dense material that reduces sound by 26db. A 32 oz. product (STC 32) is also available for challenging noise problems.

The International Builders' Show is organized by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and is the largest light construction building industry tradeshow in the United States. It is the only event of its kind, focusing specifically on the needs, concerns, and opportunities that face builders. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is one of the largest trade associations in the United States. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., NAHB's mission is "to enhance the climate for housing and the building industry. Chief among NAHB's goals is providing and expanding opportunities for all consumers to have safe, decent and affordable housing."

Founded in 1942, NAHB is a federation of more than 800 state and local associations. About one-third of NAHB’s more than 140,000 members are home builders or remodelers. The remaining members are associates working in closely related fields within the housing industry such as mortgage finance and building products and services.

For more information on the IBS 2013 show visit: http://www.buildersshow.com/Home/

Information about the show for the media is available at: http://www.buildersshow.com/Home/Page.aspx?genericContentID=106662

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About Acoustiblok – “Quieting the World”

Acoustiblok Corporation, a NASA “Spin-off” company headquartered in Tampa, FL, provides acoustical soundproofing solutions for noise related issues. The company develops, manufactures, and markets lab tested and certified acoustical products around the world, earning the industry’s highest ratings from architects, builders, and consumers.

Primary products include Acoustiblok® viscoelastic polymer based soundproofing material, Acoustifence® outdoor noise barrier, All Weather Sound Panels®, QuietFiber® insulating material, Quiet-Cloud® industrial sound absorption panels, Acoustiblok WALLCOVER®, and Thermablok® nanotechnology insulation. The company also sells a line of acoustical soundproofing accessory products. Acoustiblok products are used every day primarily in industrial, residential, commercial, building and construction/architectural, and marine sectors worldwide. The company’s products are made and sourced in the United States.

Acoustiblok Corporation ships products to approximately 60 countries around the world and has a network of stocking distributors both in the United States and internationally. The company operates a wholly owned subsidiary, Acoustiblok Mideast, in Saudi Arabia to augment our distributor network. 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

Thomas Wiseman
Director of Public Relations
Acoustiblok Corporation
813-980-1400 Ext. 210
[email protected]

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Acoustiblok Installed in Construction Training Center of the Pacific

Posted by Liz Ernst on Wed, Mar 16, 2011 @ 01:56 PM

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March 15, 2011 – WAIPAHU, Hawaii – Architects forecasting the needs of the Construction Training Center of the Pacific (CTC) in Waipahu, Hawaii determined early in the design phase that soundproofing would be a necessity in the center’s classrooms.

Armed with mounting evidence of the detrimental effects of industrial and construction noise on workers and nearby residents, and presented with the opportunity to teach by example, more than 4,700 square feet of Acoustiblok sound abatement material was donated and installed in the classroom walls of the 16,000 square-foot facility.

The Acoustiblok was installed during the construction phase, providing much-needed sound deadening to the entire center complex, located in Waipahu’s Mill Town Center.

The workforce development arm of the Building Industry of America (BIA)-Hawaii, the non-profit CTC provides comprehensive training, education, career counseling and other related support services to people on the pre-apprenticeship level to establish career goals and to qualify for entry-level positions. It also offers continuing education courses to post-apprenticeship workers looking to expand their job and management skills. Programs include coursework in safety training, certification and business management.

“BIA is very pleased with how the Acoustiblok material functions and we are very thankful for their generous donation,” said Karen T. Nakamura, CEO of the Building Industry Association of Hawaii.  

“This past year, we have trained more than 1,800 developers, builders, contractors, suppliers, government officials and business owners who have experienced the Acoustiblok material in every classroom,” Nakamura added.  “They were told about this material and are amazed at the quality of our building.”

Acoustiblok has been proven effective in reducing construction and industrial noise exposure. This type of noise often exceeds limits recommended by the World Health Organization and contributes to noise induced hearing loss. As information about the health risks of construction and industrial noise mounts, more and more architects, builders and contractors are including noise abatement in their designs as a preemptive measure to avoid the possibility of future noise-related complaints and resulting litigation.

Adding one, 3mm layer of the UL approved Acoustiblok to a standard stud wall can result in more sound reduction than 12-inches of poured concrete.

As the heavy, limp Acoustiblok material vibrates from the sound, it actually “transforms” the acoustical energy into “inaudible friction energy” in a process referred to as “isothermal adiabatic.” Lead, previously considered the best soundproofing material, works on precisely the same basis and has exactly the same STC sound reduction rating.

The Acoustiblok installed within the CTC classroom walls proved so effective, an Acoustiblok demo is on display in one of the classrooms and is used as a teaching aid. According to Acoustiblok Chief Operating Officer Marilyn Myers, who consulted with the BIA, the project was well suited to the Acoustiblok installation.

"The students are learning about Acoustiblok first-hand, not only with its installation in their classrooms," Myers said. "They're learning about the importance of noise abatement as a given in future construction projects. As more information is learned about the detrimental health effects of noise, sound Abatement solutions may become mandatory in the very near future."

The goals of the CTC are first to reach out to communities at large, women, youth, minority and disadvantaged groups and to provide continuing education to the construction industry. This continuing education includes promotion of a safe work environment and participation in comprehensive designation programs that promote entrepreneurship and company success.

“This project lends itself to promoting further education within the building industry on inter-office privacy and noise pollution,” said Lahnie Johnson, founder and president of Acoustiblok, Inc. “We’re proud to be a part of it.”

For more information or to view a video demonstration of Acoustiblok’s sound deadening capabilities, visit the Acoustiblok website at http://www.acoustiblok.com, call 813.980.1400, or E-mail [email protected].

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Acoustiblok® Chosen to Quiet Terminal in Swaziland Sikhuphe Airport

Posted by Liz Ernst on Mon, Oct 18, 2010 @ 05:11 PM

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SWAZILAND, Africa – While airport officials all over the world are working to find ways to reduce high noise levels in their terminals, one of the world’s newest airports has addressed the problem during the terminal construction phase.

Acoustiblok® sound abatement material has been installed in the passenger terminal of the new, $150 million Sikhuphe International Airport in the Kingdom of Swaziland in southern Africa.

Airport designers chose to install state-of-the-art soundproofing material in the terminal of this African nation’s new international airport during the design phase, which began in 2005. Acoustiblok was chosen for its adaptability and performance ratings. Heavy but very flexible, just one thin layer of Acoustiblok’s unique 1/8-inch sound-abatement material added to a stud wall can block more sound than 12-inches of poured concrete.

Sikhuphe’s is the world’s newest international airport. Swaziland was formerly serviced by nearby Matsapa Airport, which handles only trans-Atlantic or intercontinental flights and serves largely as a charter airport for small regional carriers.

Prince Hlangusemphi, Swaziland’s minister of economic planning and development, said construction of the Sikhupe International Airport has been a cooperative multination effort. Runway construction began in 2003, and terminal construction began in
2005, culminating in its structural completion in July, 2010. The airport is expected to be completely functional by early 2011.

The Sikhuphe airport’s Acoustiblok was supplied by the company’s South African distributor, Able Walling Solutions in Gauteng, South Africa, one of Acoustiblok’s many distributors worldwide.

Acoustiblok has been proven effective in reducing industrial and transportation noise exposure. This type of noise often exceeds limits recommended by the World Health Organization and contributes to noise-induced hearing loss.

Adding a 3mm layer of the UL-approved Acoustiblok increases a standard stud wall’s soundproofing factor by more than 98-percent. While other materials attempt to “stop” or “absorb” sound, Acoustiblok does neither. As the heavy, limp Acoustiblok
material vibrates from the sound, it actually “transforms” the acoustical energy into “inaudible friction energy” in a process referred to as “isothermal adiabatic.” Lead, previously considered the best soundproofing, works on precisely the same basis and
has exactly the same STC sound reduction rating.

For more information or to view a video demonstration of Acoustiblok’s sound deadening capabilities, visit our website at www.Acoustiblok.com., call us at 813.980.1400, or e-mail us at [email protected].

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Acoustiblok® Provides Perfect Sound Aesthetics at Venezuelan Center

Posted by Liz Ernst on Tue, Sep 7, 2010 @ 10:26 AM

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CARACAS, Venezuela -- Acoustiblok® sound abatement material was chosen to provide state-of-the-art acoustical balance in the musicians’ rehearsal studios at the Center for Social Action Through Music Center in Caracas, Venezuela.

Acoustiblok was installed within the wall surfaces, floors and ceilings of the practice rooms within the orchestral center, which is divided into two main zones: the northern zone, where the academic activities are developed, and the southern zone, which consists of the Simón Bolívar Concert Hall with a seating capacity of 1,100. The southern zone is also composed of  the Concert Hall No. 2, with a seating capacity of 400, and a range of rehearsal rooms, recording studios and music workshops.

The Center is an eleven-story building designed by Venezuelan architect Tomás Lugo that also includes libraries, an outdoor acoustic shell, recording rooms, changing rooms, cafés, and administrative offices.

Consultants for the State Foundation for the National System of Youth and Children’s Orchestras of Venezuela (FESNOJIV) chose Acoustiblok for its proven ability to effective reduce sound transmission. Installing Acoustiblok in walls, floors, and ceilings increases the decibel reduction through a thermodynamic process called “adiabatic isothermal conversion" whereby Acoustiblok is engineered to transform acoustic energy into inaudible friction energy as the material flexes from sound waves.

Another benefit of Acoustiblok treatment is the improved definition in room bass response. This is due largely to the damping and slightly rigid characteristics of Acoustiblok that are added to all treated surfaces, resulting in clearer and tighter bass performance. The results are the kind of acoustical perfection necessary for a facility of this magnitude

The Center for Social Action Through Music was created by the FESNOJIV and financed by the National Housing Institute of Venezuela and the Inter-American Development Bank for the purpose of developing music academic programs and training courses for orchestral conductors, performers and music professionals.

FESNOJIV seeks to improve the lives of Venezuela’s low-income youth by offering artistic and intellectual opportunities to which they normally would not be exposed.

While Caracas is home to most of Venezuela’s youth and children’s orchestras, the foundation has nationwide reach, incorporating nearly 250,000 children in both rural and urban areas in each of the country’s 24 states. Venezuela has 125 youth orchestras, 57 children’s orchestras and 30 adult professional symphony orchestras, in addition to a vast network of núcleos, or music schools, located throughout the country.

Acoustiblok is made of a 1/8-inch (3 mm) thick proprietary viscoelastic polymer material with a high-density mineral content, heavy yet extremely flexible.

One thin layer of Acoustiblok added to a standard metal or wood stud wall will result in more sound reduction - and provide more privacy - than 12-inches (30.5 cm) of poured concrete.

Acoustiblok’s noise solution products are backed with hard science and certified, independent laboratory test results. The acoustical laboratory at Architectural Testing, Inc. in York, Pennsylvania recorded an astounding Sound Transmission Class (STC) of 85 for a concrete block and metal stud wall design configuration that included Acoustiblok, which translates to a perceived volume reduction of 99-percent to human hearing. To find out more about the Acoustiblok Noise Reduction products, contact us at 813-980-1400, e-mail us at [email protected], or visit our website at www.acoustiblok.com.

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Acoustiblok® Quiets Ireland’s Renowned Paint Hall Studio In Belfast

Posted by Liz Ernst on Thu, Jul 29, 2010 @ 04:25 PM

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Acoustiblok sound abatement material was used to seal noise leaks in the massive doors of the historic film studio, in time to begin shooting "City of Ember," starring Natalie Portman and Bill Murray.

Belfast, Northern Ireland -- Belfast’s Paint Hall Studio, Europe’s largest film studio located in the historically renowned Titanic Quarter of the city needed to dramatically reduce outside noise pollution from entering its massive sets in time for its biggest
film production to date.

The pressure was on to find a solution to the ambient noise from nearby construction, heavy traffic from a main road, and overhead aircraft infiltrating the massive 31,000 m³ (1,094,755 cubic ft.) structure.

Before it was a film studio, Paint Hall was part of Belfast’s historic Harland & Wolff Shipyards, where the Titanic and other ships were built. Ship Hall was used for painting huge portions of ships in climate-controlled conditions.

While the studio’s double skinned cell construction combats general noise pollution on set, the building’s massive 75ft (23m) doors were found to be leaking sound.

These problems needed to be corrected before filming could start on a new project, a joint Universal Pictures/Northern Ireland production starring Natalie Portman, and the result had to be effective enough to satisfy the sensitive microphones used in
filmmaking, which easily pick up background sound.

Consultants from Acoustiblok UK Ltd conducted a site visit and compiled a comprehensive report identifying the building’s acoustical weaknesses and vulnerabilities, then devised a workable solution to meet the producers’ schedule.

They advised lining the building’s eight colossal doors, (large enough to have once accommodated ships) with Acoustiblok® 1660 3mm, a superior sound isolation material with an average noise reduction of 26 decibels (dB). Acoustiblok, which has
also been installed at both Pinewood and Leavesden studios in the UK, was installed by the filmmakers under the close supervision of the Acoustiblok team.

Vast cavities within each door were first filled with an open cell fibre. Acoustiblok membrane was then attached to steel supports within the doors and secured with resilient channels. The steel structure was also treated with Thermablok® aerogel insulation material to increase acoustical dampening, and to address transmission loss properties. New corrugated facing panels were installed as an external finish.

Brian Martin, a technician with Muldiss Darton Productions of the UK, said that producers were hard pressed to find a workable solution to the noise problemnoise problem that could be in place before scheduled filming began.

“This new project represents the biggest film yet for the Paint Hall studios, and we needed the best possible sound abatement material installed in a very short period of time,” Martin said. “It’s crucial that we have perfect sound conditions for filming and
recording, as the microphones used are highly sensitive and can pick up every single sound in the background.

Acoustiblok responded quickly to our deadlines, and their sound isolation material worked exceptionally well, especially considering the large scale of this facility.”

Acoustiblok is made of a 1/8” (3 mm) thick proprietary viscoelastic polymer material with a high-density mineral content, heavy yet extremely flexible. While other manufacturers of sound proofing materials attempt to stop or absorb sound, Acoustiblok has resolved the problem in a vastly different way.

Through a unique thermodynamic process, Acoustiblok is engineered to transform sound energy into inaudible friction energy as the material flexes from sound waves.
One thin layer of Acoustiblok in a standard metal or wood stud wall will result in more sound reduction, and provide more privacy, than 12” (30.5 cm) of poured concrete.

Acoustiblok backs its claims with hard science and certified independent laboratory test results. The acoustical laboratory at Architectural Testing, Inc. in York, Pennsylvania, recorded an astounding Sound Transmission Class (STC) of 85 for a concrete block and metal stud wall design configuration that included Acoustiblok, a noise reduction of 99-percent to human hearing.

Ultimately, the installation of Acoustiblok to the Paint Hall studios has made it an extremely desirable venue for attracting future big budget films.

Paint Hall is not the first major film studio to install Acoustiblok for perfect sound quality. The UK’s Pinewood and Leavesden studios are also treated with Acoustiblok, setting the stage for some major blockbusters including the Harry Potter, Star Wars, and James Bond movies. For more information, visit our website at www.acoustiblok.com, e-mail us at [email protected], or call us at 813-980.1400.

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Builder News Magazine Names Acoustiblok Best Products Winner

Posted by Chris O' Brien on Sun, Dec 27, 2009 @ 04:45 PM

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VANCOUVER, Washington – Builder News Magazine, the national residential and multifamily media brand for builders, developers, contractors and designers, released its 2009 “Best Products” edition naming Acoustiblok noise abatement products among the
top products used in the building industry throughout the year.

Each year, Builder News chooses winners based on a specific criteria including ease of use, durability, inventiveness and innovation in the building industry. Readers are also invited to submit their favorite tools or products from those they have
used throughout the year to tally the Builder’s News Best Products list.

“Even in a down economy, there are still hundreds of products released and brought to the market every year,” said D.C. Curry-Lawrence, CEO and publisher of Builder News. “This year’s honorees represent some of the nation’s most innovative products in the industry and ones that our editorial team felt readers would find most useful to build better and stay competitive.”

Acoustiblok was named product of the year in the Building Materials category. Other categories included Energy Efficient Building Products, Energy Efficient HVAC and Mechanicals, Roofing and Siding, Windows, Doors, Decks and Railings, Kitchen and Bathroom, Luxe, and Home Automation.

The all-U.S.-made Acoustiblok® is a revolutionary, 1/8-inch thick, flexible sound proofing material. It is attached to studs before drywall or in floors/ceilings. As it vibrates from sound, it changes acoustical energy into inaudible friction energy. One thin layer in
a wall reduces more sound than 12-inches of poured concrete! So amazing, it received an award in the British House of Commons. Reduces noise, weight, litigation while increasing privacy and thermal insulation.

Environmentally friendly Acoustiblok contains no lead or asbestos, is UV resistant and impervious to water and mold; it is UL classified for virtually all wall, floor and ceiling installations. Easily cut with a utility knife, Acoustiblok requires no special tools or preparation, and can be installed anytime before drywall or floorcovering.

For more information, call us at 813.980.1400, e-mail us at [email protected], or visit our website at www.Acoustiblok.com.

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Upscale Apartments Offer Acoustiblok Sound Abatement in Every Unit

Posted by Liz Ernst on Tue, Oct 13, 2009 @ 05:01 PM

New Jersey Apt building treated with Acoustiblok sound deadening materialNew Jersey apartment treated with Acoustiblok soundproofing material

HOBOKEN, New Jersey – Residents of the Lexington apartments in Hoboken enjoy more than the usual amenities that are part and parcel in most upscale residences: tranquility.

When construction was completed on the upscale, 49-unit Lexington in 2008, it wasn’t the granite countertops, the stainless appliances or even the hardwood floors that set a new standard in quality living for its residents. In fact, it’s what they can’t see – or hear – that makes their living spaces exceptional.

Acoustiblok® sound abatement material installed under the drywall and subfloor during construction of the Lexington provides an environment that is void of the ambient noise often associated with apartment living. Lexington tenants won’t hear their neighbor’s TV, conversations or clamor to get out the door in the morning. What they will hear is the silence that quality noise abatement material installed beneath the visible surfaces of their
homes provides.

Having Acoustiblok as a feature is a boost to Realtor Basil Skaltsis, who finds tenants for the Lexington. Skaltsis says that most high-end apartment seekers expect a high level of privacy, and since tenants tend to speak up only when there’s a problem, the lack of complaints about noise speaks volumes.

“No one has made any noise complaints ever since the building opened,” Skaltsis says. “But you have to keep in mind that maybe they don’t think about noise because they don’t have it.

“Until you’ve lived below someone whose child has a Big Wheel, or next door to someone whose radio can be heard in your own space, you’re probably not going to worry about noise abatement. In this particular building, no one mentions sound abatement because it’s something they don’t have to think about.”

UL approved Acoustiblok is a unique soundproofing material that took years to develop. Just one thin 1/8-inch layer of Acoustiblok in a standard stud wall and on top of subflooring can reduce more sound than 12-inches of concrete. The soft flexible material is
4.5-feet wide and is available in 30, 60, or 350-foot rolls.

Acoustiblok is usually stapled or screwed to studs before dry walling. It is a proprietary formula, heavy mineral filled, viscoelastic polymer that is easily cut with a utility knife. While other materials attempt to " block" or "absorb" sound the heavy, limp Acoustiblok material vibrates from the sound, actually transforming the acoustical energy into inaudible friction energy in a process sometimes referred to as "isothermal adiabatic.” Lead, previously considered the best soundproofing, works on precisely the same basis and has exactly the same STC rating. Unlike lead, Acoustiblok is eco-friendly, moisture and mold resistant, and contains no harmful pollutants.

Set in the heart of the tony Columbus Park area of Hoboken, each apartment in the Lexington offers an oasis from the hustle and bustle of the city while allowing its residents the convenience and perks that come with living in a cosmopolitan setting. The brand name of choice for quality acoustical aesthetics, Acoustiblok is available worldwide, is easily installed and will last the life of the building. Install it once, and enjoy the quiet for a lifetime. For more information, visit our website at www.acoustiblok.com, e-mail us at [email protected], or call us at 813-980.1400.

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