Conwed  

Maumee,  OH 
United States
http://conwed.com
  • Booth: 320


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Conwed is the world-leading manufacturer of acoustic solutions. Our array of products allows architects and designers the freedom to craft a solution unique to their space, and our mounting options give installers and GC's the peace of mind that the final product will work with their project.

Conwed is also proud to demonstrate Eurospan® at this event! A seamless acoustic solution that replaces a wall or ceiling, rather than being attached to it.

Stop by our booth to checkout our Eurospan demo room and you'll feel the noise of the event fade away.

Eurospan® by Conwed is designed and engineered to bring any architectural idea to life while providing the same high-end acoustic performance that Conwed customers are used to. Span multiple planes, backlight the material, curve it around corners, make it disappear into the architecture entirely. Eurospan® is always the best choice for your next project.

Brands: Eurospan® by Conwed


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  • This year marks 100-years since Conwed has been around, evolving into what it is today, a manufacturer of world-class architectural acoustic solutions. In honor of the 100-year mark, Conwed is taking a look back to where it all began and how we got here today.

    1921

    In 1921 Conwed started as The Wood Conversion Company, a research organization studying the conversion of wood into fibers for use in homes and commercial applications, expanding the market for wood-based products.

    Then, in the late 1920s, The Wood Conversion Company became a subsidiary of Weyerhaeuser Company, an American timberland company, that owns and manages over 26 million acres of timberlands in North America. They also manufacture wood products. This merging of companies allowed them to create the first commercially produced product, a wood fiber blanket. Applications of the wood fiber blanket included:

    1927

    • The acoustical blanket, which was selected to minimize noise in Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis for his historic flight across the Atlantic on May 21, 1927.
    • Acoustical insulation was used in the theater that premiered the first ever talkie movie of “the Jazz Singer”, which was released in 1927.
    • Balsam Wool, the first modern-day home insulation, currently displayed in the Smithsonian Institute

    1940

    From 1940-1950, Weyerhaeuser Company expanded its product line to include fine processed wood blankets. Applications for these blankets included mattresses, protective packaging, automotive sound deadening, upholstered furniture, filters, and concrete construction.

    From these different product applications is how the name Conwed was formed – “Con” from “conversion” and “Wed” from the “wedding” of various materials to create useful products in a wide range of industries.

    1985

    From 1985-2000 Conwed went through quite a lot. It was bought by a private equity firm, sold to private holders, and then finally purchased by Owens Corning.

    During the period Conwed was owned by Owens Corning it was known as “Conwed Designscape by Owens Corning”. This move positioned Conwed even better in the Division 9 interior acoustical finishes market and complimented Owens Cornings standing as a building products manufacturer.

    2002

    Soon after the purchase of Conwed, by Owens Corning, they set their sites on a company in Boulder Colorado, Wall Technology. Wall Technology was known for its innovative approach to interior acoustical solutions, and leadership from Conwed saw its potential in acoustic panel manufacturing. So in 2002, Wall Technology was acquired and merged with Conwed’s existing foundation forming “Conwed Designscape Wall Technology by Owens Corning”.

    2018

    Fast-forward to July 18, 2021, in a small town outside of Toldeo Ohio, a company known as CDC Fab Co. co-owned by Kraig Mackett (President) and Fred Calero (CEO) decide to acquire Conwed from Owens Corning. This acquisition caused a rebuilding of the brand from the ground up into what you see today.

    2021

    Today we are looking forward to the new challenges that lay ahead, innovations the market needs, and the relationships we have and will gain. As we grow, we know we cannot be where we are today without our incredible production staff, operations, customer experience, and leadership. We also want to thank our vast network of independent reps covering the greater United States and those around the globe, the contractors, and installers who caringly install our acoustical solutions, the architects we’ve grown to know, and all the other incredible businesses who have partnered with us.

    Here is to another great year!

  • Grace Polaris church was burdened with a lack of speech intelligibility, heightened echoes, low frequency build up, and a less-than-desirable 80’s look due to poor acoustics and outdated design choices. Conwed worked with them to achieve the perfect acoustic and aesthetic solution for their issues.

    The Problem

    Grace Polaris church started in 1964 with a group of 30 people. In 1979 they decided they needed a larger space, so they began to build their Worship Center—which they still use today. By 2005, attendance averaged 2,500 people in two Sunday morning services. With their congregation continually growing, they realized an acoustic and aesthetic upgrade was needed. In 2019 they commenced construction on the Worship Center for a full renovation.

    When acousticians in the past dealt with cathedrals, they were tasked with the seemingly impossible job of working around heavy pillars, sharp corners, and vaulted ceilings. However, contemporary churches have their own set of acoustic issues which differ quite a bit from historic cathedrals.

    BEFORE
    AFTER

    “To strike a good balance, the designers have to consider the functional needs of the space as important as the physics of the room. If you do it right, you can create a great sounding worship space¹.”

    Modern worship centers often have a semi-circle, auditorium-like design, as mentioned in Acoustical Design for Contemporary Churches. This design proves to be much more acoustically friendly, yet tends to hold “dead spots” in odd locations.

    Grace Polaris’s sound engineer, Brent Dye, had a lot to say about the acoustic challenges they faced pre-renovation. “My biggest issue was just with some of the slap back and flutter echoes within the room. You would sit in various corners of the room and it was very difficult to understand what was being said. Intelligibility was just not the best.” Slapback, flutter echoes, and speech intelligibility—oh my! But what exactly does that mean? Essentially, the acoustics were terrible, but here’s the longer explanation:

    Slapback is defined by yourdictionary.com as “A kind of doubling echo with relatively long delay between repetitions of the sound, so that the individual echoes can be perceived,”² and Acoustic Sciences Corporation defines flutter echoes as being “produced by sound traveling quickly between two parallel reflective surfaces.”³ This both disrupts speech and drastically lowers the quality of music within the space.

    As Dye hinted, speech intelligibility is how well one is able to comprehend what the speaker is saying. When echoes and reverberation get too bad, speech intelligibility suffers a great deal, leaving the audience at a loss. This is critical in a worship center because the pastor’s sermon is the main event during service.

    ...it sounded like a tin box. And depending on where you sat in the auditorium, you heard different sounds.

    -Jim Ausperger

    Pre-renovation, the Grace Polaris worship center did have some acoustic solutions in place, but they didn’t work as well as intended. Executive Pastor, Jim Augsperger, described it sounding like a “tin box,” while Dye detailed what exactly they were dealing with.

    “There were some acoustic panels on the wall. We had several, four by eight foot panels that went around the rear wall. I believe those were roughly two inches thick and it helped mid and the high end type of information be absorbed. We had problems with low frequency build ups, particularly in the corners and under the balcony. And that made things very difficult to hear under there. We also had a lot of echo returning to the stage. So if somebody stood here and clapped, they would hear that coming back from those rear walls about two and three different times.”

    Besides acoustic issues, the Grace Polaris staff had aesthetic complaints as well. Although their worship center had served them well since the 80s, it looked outdated. Luckily, Conwed was ready to help with their acoustic and stylistic problems.

    The Solution

    Conwed began in 1921, with one of their first notable jobs being the acoustic solution for the first ever talking movie in theaters. Conwed’s recent history started in 2018 when it was bought by independent owners and relocated to Maumee, Ohio. Throughout their history, Conwed’s products have earned them a reputation around the world for innovation and excellence. They bring cutting-edge tailored acoustic solutions to the forefront of the acoustics industry.

    Conwed was able to provide Grace Polaris with a plethora of options to fit their community’s specific needs. Because of how large the Worship Center space was, how the space was used, and the fact that they wanted a discrete solution, Conwed’s specialists recommended either Eurospan or Respond panels; they ended up choosing both.

    Eurospan
    • Use for commercial, educational, institutional applications
    • Three basic components: a fiberglass acoustic core, perimeter tension track and outer textile covering
    • Fabric options: five stock colors, custom options, and EOS, a washable surface.
    RespondA
    • Use for schools, auditoriums, theaters, offices, libraries
    • Economical, all-purpose acoustic panels designed for use where sound absorption and value are critical
    • Fabric options: We partner with the top suppliers to give you the best options for your designs.

    Eurospan is one of Conwed’s most popular products—it’s an acoustic stretch fabric system which can span massive spaces, covering entire walls or ceilings. Respond A on the other hand is a classic fabric-wrapped acoustic panel that can be customized to fit any environment and aesthetic. Together, Respond A and Eurospan work beautifully to both enhance music and improve speech intelligibility.

    The newly renovated worship center – done by Eller Architecture – was set to open up to the public on March 22nd. However, in early March Covid-19 struck the nation and postponed the opening. Despite the setbacks Grace Polaris faced, they continued to share their services with the public through Facebook Live and videos on their website. Luckily, they then had a new acoustically treated space to record their videos, so capturing clean audio was no obstacle.

    When Grace Polaris was finally able to reopen in June at 50% capacity, they received endless positive responses from members.

    Things just seem crisp, clear, comfortable.

    -Mike Yoder
    BEFORE
    AFTER

    “Our worship team, including our key worship leaders, have remarked again and again how grateful they are for the way the sound projects… [The attendees] just love what we’re able to do and what our experts, our technicians, are able to do with the technology.”

    The team at Grace Polaris is now able to focus on what is most important without auditory irritants or interruptions. Conwed was happy to help them find just what they needed.

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    ¹ “Acoustical Design for Contemporary Churches”. ABD Engineering & Design. 2020. https://www.abdengineering.com/blog/contemporary-church-acoustic-design/.

    ² “Slapback Dictionary Definition | Slapback Defined”. 2020. Yourdictionary.Com. https://www.yourdictionary.com/slapback.

    ³ “Flutter Echo | Acoustic Sciences Corporation”. 2020. Acousticsciences.com. https://www.acousticsciences.com/solutions/flutter-echo.

    ⁴ Blondy, Karim. 2014. “Reverberation And Church Acoustics | Musitechnic”. Musitechnic. https://tinyurl.com/yxbuusxd.

    ⁵ “Home • Grace Polaris Church”. 2020. Grace Polaris Church. https://gracepolaris.org/.


 Products

  • Eurospan®
    Eurospan® provides outstanding acoustic benefits from virtually any wall or ceiling application without the traditional look of fabric-covered panels....

  • Eurospan® is a unique stretch acoustic fabric system with a seamless, monolithic design that bolsters modern aesthetics with superior acoustic value. The system is designed to dampen interior noise and add acoustic benefits to any commercial, educational or institutional application where a seamless aesthetic is desired.

    Use for: • Commercial • Educational • Institutional applications

    Core construction

    Comprised of three basic components: a fiberglass acoustic core, perimeter tension track and outer textile covering. This seamless product uses a high-performance integrated fiberglass core with a white matte covering. Tension tracks arranged around the perimeter hold an acoustically transparent textile which can be stretched over areas 16′ wide.

  • Respond A
    Respond® A Panels are economical, all-purpose fabric-wrapped acoustic panels designed for use where sound absorption and value are the main criteria....

  • Respond® A panels are economical, all-purpose acoustic panels designed for use where sound absorption and value are the main criteria. A vast variety of fabric finish options, from the leading fabric suppliers, offer you great design customization. This product is suitable for schools, auditoriums, theaters, offices, and libraries: anywhere sound control is needed and critical lighting and high abuse resistance are not factors.

    Use for: • Schools • Auditoriums • Theaters • Offices • Libraries

    Core construction

    Dimensionally-stable 6-7 PCF fiberglass board, covered with custom fabric completely adhered to the face of the panel and returned to the back for a full finished edge. Back-to-Back Baffles: Fabric is returned to the back of each piece for a visible seam across all sides. All corners are fully tailored. Edges are protected with resin hardening.

  • Metro Rebound
    Metro Rebound Panels are designed for use in high-abuse areas requiring sound absorption and clean-ability....

  • Metro Rebound panels are designed for use in high-abuse areas requiring sound absorption and clean-ability. A “pan” of perforated copolymer over fiberglass allows sound absorption while withstanding many forms of punishment. Use in gymnasiums, hotels, multi-purpose rooms: anywhere requiring a durable, acoustically absorbent panel.

    Use for: • Gymnasiums • Hotels • Multi-purpose rooms

    Core construction

    Dimensionally-stable 6-7 PCF fiberglass board, with a 1⁄16″ face sheet of resilient perforated copolymer with heat-formed edges. A layer of ⅛” 16-20 PCF molded fiberglass is optional under the copolymer face sheet. Edges are protected with resin hardening.
  • New Dimensions
    New Dimensions Panels are designed for areas requiring excellent sound absorption with a custom painted finish....

  • New Dimensions panels are designed for areas requiring excellent sound absorption with a custom painted finish. With the entire Sherwin-Williams catalog at your disposal, and custom color matching available to you, New Dimensions can meet even your most challenging design requirements.

    Use for: • Conference rooms • Auditoriums • Churches • Entryways

    Core construction

    Dimensionally-stable 6-7 PCF fiberglass board, laminated with a layer of ⅛” 16-20 PCF molded fiberglass, covered with a specially-formulated fiberglass scrim, and finished with paint. The acoustically transparent finish completely covers the face and exposed edges. Edges are protected with a resin hardening.

    *⅛” molded fiberglass removed from baffles application
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