“We can have the tasting room filled to capacity and still have a normal conversation and listen to the soft music.”
Tröegs Brewing Company, located in Hershey, PA has a new, state of the art brewing facility producing a wide variety of award-winning beer. When developing the plans for the facility, owners Chris and John Trogner wanted to create an open plan where customers could feel like they were part of the brewery while enjoying beer in the brewery tasting room.
At times, there may be as many as 300 guests in the tasting room and dining area. With this many guests interacting in a working brewery, the sound levels within the area became high enough that the music being played could not be heard and it was uncomfortable to have a friendly conversation. The owners contacted SysTech Design to perform a noise study and offer recommendations for reducing the noise to a comfortable level.
SysTech Design determined that the industrial nature of the facility (i.e. hard, reflective surfaces), resulted in indirect source noise. Indirect source noise is created when sound pressure waves contact and reflect from a hard surface. These sound levels can be very significant and quite common in large, open areas. As a solution, SysTech Design engineered a complex pattern of twenty-eight (28) 4 x 8 foot wall mounted Model DCA (Decorative Acoustical Panels) sound pressure wave absorption panels throughout facility. The absorption panels are designed to prevent the sound pressure waves from re-entering the occupied space. Additionally, Model SAB Sailcloth Acoustic Banners were hung from the ceiling, including two (2) banners that were 4 feet wide by 70 feet long and one (1) that was two foot wide by 70 feet long. Noise Suppression Technologies, Inc. fabricated and supplied the equipment and SysTech Design provided the application engineering and installation. “We can have the Tasting Room filled to capacity and still have a normal conversation and listen to the soft music,” said Chris Trogner.