There’s so many variables that go into an excellent restaurant. Food quality plays the biggest role, but the building’s location, style, and environment are also pivotal as the restaurant tries to book their weekends with reservations. When improving a building’s environment, controlling the noise can make a significant difference. Benchmark Restaurant recognized this, and they asked for help.
Facing noise complaintsBenchmark is local to Conwed’s Maumee, OH headquarters and is a favorite upscale dining spot for some of our employees. The restaurant’s hard surfaces and modern design increased the amount of noise reflection and made dinner conversations difficult to maintain. Waiters and waitresses were also having troubles simply trying to take customer orders. Noise had become a huge problem at Benchmark. Jarman Davis, a frequent customer and neighboring business owner noted that he is “a huge fan of Benchmark and the entire staff. The quality of the food and the service and the environment from a standpoint of eating is wonderful. One of the major issues has always been sound… The difference in whether an evening at Benchmark was that perfect evening or not was the inability to hear as you enjoyed the food and the service. The ability to have a much better environment acoustically is going to make [lunch and dinner] even better.”
Installing Conwed’s Foundation panels
During Benchmark Restaurant’s acoustical consultation, we recognized that our Foundation acoustical ceiling panels would easily fit in the building’s existing ceiling I-beams. These panels normally come with a white scrim that highlights the panel. Benchmark is designed with darker colors and white panels would clash with the existing interior design. Due to this, we adjusted the panel’s scrim color from white to black to better blend each panel into the ceiling. We measured the dimensions between the I-beams, cut and fabricated each panel in our headquarters, and installed them in place.
Foundation Acoustical Wall Panel
2″ Fiberglass + 1/8″ Molded Fiberglass + Black Scrim
Edge Detail: Square | Hardened