The Crossings opened in 2015 featuring a stunning Chapel with cathedral style ceilings. While aesthetically pleasing, the acoustics in the room presented a real challenge. Each of the surfaces within the space were hard and reflective, creating an echoing effect. This proved to be especially problematic to those using hearing aids.
A group of residents came forward hoping for a solution. It wasn’t long before “The Chapel Sound Project” was in full motion. Those driving the project started by conducting research and even scheduled trips to see where various sound solutions had been successfully installed. Once the project team had identified the products they wanted, they turned to the campus maintenance team who did the measuring, drawings necessary to acquire a bid, ordering and the installation. However, when it came time to pay the bill, the residents donated every penny it required to see the project through.
Jeff Avenmarg, Director of Physical Plant, shared, “The end result has been an amazing improvement in the auditory quality in the Chapel. The echoes were basically erased and an environment created where people can speak and be heard and understood. It was a success on all levels and shows how our residents continue to be creative and active in their lives here at The Crossings.”