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  • 1.  Antiligature hard ceilings/acoustics

    Posted 03-11-2019 04:23 PM
    Hi everyone,

    I am looking for great ideas! We replaced some lay in ceilings in some small behavioral health rooms with gyp board to make them anti-ligature, and as I anticipated, the rooms are now "echoy". Rooms are roughly 80-90 SF each with a 9'-6" ceiling, and they are carpeted. Everything else is painted gyp board. Any recommendations for an antiligature/durable solution?

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    Heather Graham Lewis AIA
    Michigan Medicine
    Ann Arbor MI
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  • 2.  RE: Antiligature hard ceilings/acoustics

    Posted 03-12-2019 05:51 PM

    Hello Heather,

    Assume patient sleeping rooms?  I'm not sure there is anything permanent you can do in this type of room.  I know shower curtains are often held with Velcro (so they release under weight).  Wonder if you could use Velcro to hang an extra patient blanket (usually found in a heap on the floor) on one of the walls.  Maybe the fabric would add some color and help diffuse some of the echo?....just a thought...best of luck.



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    Robert Hartig AIA
    Medical Associates Clinic
    Dubuque IA
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  • 3.  RE: Antiligature hard ceilings/acoustics

    Posted 03-12-2019 06:26 PM
    You may want to investigate "acoustic plaster" systems. They can be expensive, but you are dealing with a small area depending on how many separate rooms are involved. BASWA (BASWA acoustic ® Sound Absorbing Plaster | BASWA Phon Acoustical Plaster) is one of the most well known brands, but there are other competitors as well.

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    D. Scott Cunningham AIA
    President
    Capital Project Delivery Consultants, LLC
    Rio Rancho NM
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  • 4.  RE: Antiligature hard ceilings/acoustics

    Posted 03-13-2019 09:05 AM
    ​Heather, would recommend using full width Tectum panel(s) adhered to the gypsum board ceiling.

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    John Francey AIA
    Consumers Energy Company
    Jackson MI
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  • 5.  RE: Antiligature hard ceilings/acoustics

    Posted 03-13-2019 03:48 PM

    Heather,

    You should look at an acoustic gypsum board product for walls and ceilings that is specifically for sound problem you have.

     

    Blackburn Architecture

    George M. Blackburn, III

    M. Arch. + AIA + BCxA

     

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  • 6.  RE: Antiligature hard ceilings/acoustics

    Posted 03-13-2019 04:01 PM

    GypSorb is such a product.  Look at Gypsorb.com.

     




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  • 7.  RE: Antiligature hard ceilings/acoustics

    Posted 03-14-2019 02:01 PM
    GypSorb looks like a great product and probably the best cost option.

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    Andrew Thompson AIA
    County Architect
    Passaic County
    Paterson NJ
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