[AG-TECH] Wall material for AGnode

Don Middleton don at ncar.ucar.edu
Tue Jun 12 15:52:04 CDT 2001

For our new lab/AG facility we're using WhisperWall which is a fiberboard
material attached over drywall and covered with your choice of fabric. It
does seem to deaden the room quite a bit.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Marty Hoag" <Marty_Hoag at NDSU.NODAK.EDU>
To: "Supreeya Miller" <Supreeya.Miller at usm.edu>
Cc: <ag-tech at mcs.anl.gov>
Sent: Tuesday, June 12, 2001 11:09 AM
Subject: Re: [AG-TECH] Wall material for AGnode

> Supreeya Miller wrote:
> >
> > Hello everybody,
> >
> > CHL is in the process of setting up a room from an existing office space
> > the AGnode.  There are walls have to be removed and added.  They want to
> > know whether there has to be a special material applied on the walls or
> > special type walls, may be for creating good sound.  I'm not able to
>    Hmmm.  First - I'm not an acoustic engineer but the room we are using
> was originally developed for interactive TV.  They put some 2'x2' panels
> which are a couple inches thick (I think they are made of some solid
> foam material) and covered with somewhat light blue cloth flat on the
> back wall. On the side walls they put the same panels but zig zagged
> them out a few inches every other seam so the wall surface isn't flat.
> But I don't know if they did that for acoustic or esthetic effect.
> ;-)   You can see part of the back wall at
> but I don't think I have a good picture of the sides (I could make some
> if someone REALLY wants them).
>    I think a hard rear wall could make the room very "live" and using
> some sort of acoustic material might help kill the audio reflections so
> you get a dryer sound.  At least personally, a room that is too live can
> get old fast.  But I'm sure your architect may know more about that.
>    One ongoing discussion though is what color to use on walls.  I know
> ANL has used black curtains and I think I've heard them say they
> wouldn't use that color if they had it to do over again.  The light blue
> on our back wall seems to work ok (but we have lighting challenges and
> camera angles that don't always take advantage of that).  Others can
> probably explain what the ideal background colors would be.
>    Marty
> > this question.  Since they ask and willing to do the best thing for
> > I think it is worth try to answer this question.  Can anyone help me,
> > please? (I attached a picture of the space where we will setup an
> >
> > Supreeya Miller
> >
> >                  Name: AGroom.jpg
> >    AGroom.jpg    Type: JPEG Image (image/jpeg)
> >              Encoding: base64

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