St. Louis County - Courtroom Acoustics
Room Acoustics & Noise Control
St. Louis County
O'Neill Engineered Systems
Rooms can be generally characterized as acoustically ‘live’, ‘dead’, or somewhere in-between. ‘Live’ rooms are spaces that have little sound absorption, resulting in many sound reflections, high noise levels and poor speech intelligibility. Dead rooms are spaces with lots of acoustical absorption.
In this project, the historic courtroom fell into the ‘live’ category that made it difficult for the judge, jury and others to hear testimonies during proceedings. ESI used past experience in creating appropriate acoustic environments to drastically increase speech intelligibility after attempts at sound system amplification had failed. RT-60 reverberation time measurements and thoughtful design helped achieve outstanding results.