|Re: Oh, no! (Ceilings Div)||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Paul Kilduff (LibertyPaulMarywebtv.net)|
|Date: Sun, 21 Jun 1998 21:44:38 -0500|
Joani, You mention Pioneer Valley as a positive example, though the one response to my earlier message that I know of from a resident of Pioneer Valley recommended against a high ceiling, although she did mention that low-hanging lights would improve the situation. When I visited there, I was told that common meals were an ordeal (one resident used the phrase "we're trying to _ratchet up_ [emphasis mine] the number of meals from three nights a week to four, but without success") and not well attended. I was also told that the library, a second floor loft which overlooks the dining room, was little used. Even the architect (a resident) said she would not design a two-story dining room if she had it to do again, if I recall correctly. You tout the height of your proposed dining room ceiling, and add that it will have a huge amount of glass, and observe that this is about the most sound-reFLECtive substance around! I guess I'm wondering what the good news is! And I take it that Old Oakland's dining room will be much bigger than Doyle Street's. It occurs to me that an objective study would include the questions: ===== How high is your dining room ceiling; Is it designed according to good acoustical principles; How many common meals do you have per week; and What percentage of your residents attend any given common meal. ====== With enough respondents, a graph could be made, correlating those factors, and answering the question, what is the effect of ceiling height on attendance at common meals? I take it that attendance at common meals is the most significant measure of the success of a common dining room's design. I know I've gone on too long with this, but would anyone care to answer the questions between the ==='s above? Paul ..
- RE: Oh, no! (Ceilings Div), (continued)
- RE: Oh, no! (Ceilings Div) Matt Lawrence, June 21 1998
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