Commercial Office ‘Home Theater’ Presents Unique Challenges

When setting up this demonstration room in a commercial office building, noise reduction was an important concern. Therefore, several layers of sheetrock and sound absorption material on the side walls were used carefully.

It’s hard enough to build a “home theater” in a commercial office complex, but when the client is a film producer, the details of the project become even more important.

This is the situation that Lifestyle Solutions in Bristow, Virginia faced when asked to build a home theater / projection room in an office building for a customer.

Some of the challenges President Behzad Sarwar and his team faced for home theater in the office included:

  • A certain size of room that had limited dimensions but required a tiered seating design
  • Soundproofing is necessary to keep the booming bass and other audio from entering neighboring offices.
  • Meets the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for aisle and seating for wheelchairs.

“Our customer has hired a commercial contractor to build large office space for his government contract business. The client also wanted to build his own theater space for his other business that produces indie films, ”says Sarwar. “The theater space would be used by local production companies to show locally produced films.”

The project’s commercial contractor did not specialize in building theater space, so the client turned to Lifestyle Solutions to complete the construction of the home theater single room office.

Office Home Theater Sound Mitigation

“The customer’s main concern was to leave the room and disturb other office workers. All the walls were crowded with insulation and two layers of quiet rock to keep sound from escaping, ”says Sarwar.

The room itself was built to meet all ADA requirements, including aisle space and seating area for wheelchairs.

Based on customer needs, Lifestyle Solutions performed the following elements:

  • Design and technical concept
  • Room acoustics and sound insulation
  • Selection of acoustic treatment materials and structures
  • Technical design
  • Cable layout
  • Buying and installing electronic hardware
  • Programming of lighting control systems and electronics software
  • Room acoustic calibration.

A Screen Innovation’s 120-inch screen was selected based on the size of the room and the distance between the seats. Triad Speakers Silver Series speakers were installed and hidden behind cloth-wrapped walls. All walls were covered in fabric and the color scheme was based on the Rice University client’s alma mater colors. A Sony 4K projector was selected based on the customer’s requirements. The URC remote system enables the client to operate all devices with a single click.

The special theater room serves as a projection room and production studio for the customer.

Equipment list

  • Universal remote control MX-980
  • Sony VPL-VW295E projector
  • Screen innovations 1TF120GW 120-inch screen
  • Triad Silver loudspeaker
  • Marantz SR5014 AVR
  • Oppo BDP-93 Blu-ray player
  • URC MX-980 remote control
  • Mid-Atlantic SRSR equipment carrier

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