Custom Design & Installation

Houses of Worship
Recording Studios
Performing Arts
Nightclubs & Bars
Educational Institutions

With all the plaster and marble of a restored Art-Deco hotel, we had some serious problems with the acoustics in our Envoy Restaurant & Lounge. The solutions implemented by GeerFab Acoustics were both effective and attractive and blended in with the period look and feel of the spaces.
— Rick Wiegand, Owner, Ambassador Hotel Milwaukee
GeerFab Acoustics took care of all the problems we were having in our open-plan office space in an old warehouse, including phone conversations leaking through cubicle walls, buildup of sound in a large space, and containing sound in offices. Not only did it work, but it looked fantastic and the installation was so seamless we were able to have it done during business hours without disrupting anyone!
— Jill Zoromski, Managing Director, Capital H Group
Southeast Wisconsin has been in need of an acoustic designer/consultant to serve the hospitality market for many years. Eric Geer from GeerFab Acoustics has neatly filled this void. The awareness for acoustic control in public spaces is growing, and GeerFab Acoustics’ expertise in speech intelligibility and noise control will be welcomed by these business owners.
— Gregg Schroeder, Wisconsin Architectural Sales

RESTAURANTS – Zagat Survey's 2008 edition of America's Top Restaurants notes that excessive noise has become the 2nd most common complaint with restaurants, after poor service. 

The Internet is full of customer complaints, and articles about the issue have appeared in major newspapers—from "Working or Playing Indoors, New Yorkers Face an Unabated Roar in the New York Times to “No Appetite for Noise”  in the Washington Post Magazine to “I Really Hope You Said Fork”  in Canada's Globe and Mail. 

Ten years ago, the San Francisco Chronicle became the first daily newspaper to include noise ratings in its restaurant reviews. Since then the practice has been adopted by the Washington Post and newspapers in cities across the country, including the New York Times (a Chelsea bistrot was recently given the dubious rating "fairly challenging"). 

Acoustic problems in restaurants exist because the streamlined look so favored in restaurant interior design is made primarily of hard surfaces that reflect sound. The problem can be solved by applying the right type and amount of acoustic material integrated into the existing design aesthetic, with an eye and ear to striking a balance between liveliness and speech intelligibility.

As a restaurant owner, what you see are the customers in your establishment. What you don’t see are the customers who don’t come back because of the noise, but will when they hear about the solution.

 – In many bars, a vicious cycle occurs in which the din of conversation overtakes the music, which is then turned up louder, which brings the conversation levels up and so on until everyone is shouting and the combined noise is approaching levels hazardous to hearing health and may even violate OSHA standards. With proper treatment, the cycle is stopped before it starts – the overall sound level is reduced, with no loss of the energy and lively dynamic of the bar atmosphere.

 – by treating the stage area, the sound delivered to the mixing position is free of unmusical, high-decibel early reflections, so as a result, the music coming through the PA is clean, and actually requires less volume to deliver the desired impact. Additional treatment throughout the venue absorbs and diffuses the sound from the PA, reducing the risk of hearing damage to patrons and employees. And it just plain sounds better.

 – Hotel banquet facilities are generally ill-equipped acoustically for amplified live music and are home to some of the same problems experienced in nightclubs. Permanent and removable wall panels and floor-standing, wheeled acoustic panels can solve most sound problems.

 – Gymnasiums, auditoriums, theaters, music rooms, cafeterias, industrial arts rooms and aquatic centers often exhibit acoustic problems which can be overcome with a balanced approach to the unique challenges of each type of space.

 – The acoustic properties that contribute to the dramatic atmosphere in HOW’s are the very same that cause problems with when amplified live music is introduced. A combination of permanent treatment and moveable panels around amplified musicians can offer dramatic improvements.

 – Create a sense of privacy in open-plan offices by reducing reflections that broadcast speech. Many cubicle walls offer little sound absorption, but can be retrofitted on-site.

 – Reduce echo and reverberation in great rooms and enhance the acoustics of stereo/home theater rooms. More often than not, the best way to upgrade the sound of a music system is not new equipment, but well-placed, attractive acoustic treatment.