Location: Mahnomen, MN
Architect: Hunter-Grobe Architects
Installing Contractor: White Earth Builders
Distributor: Golden Valley Supply Company
At the White Earth Tribal Community Center, a central feature of the new Wadiswan Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship Center is a large, circular room that created concerns about reflected sound. The solution was provided when Golden Valley Supply introduced the technique of printing custom images on Tectum acoustical panels. For this project, the acoustical panels became much more than utilitarian. They became the focal point and honorably preserve the community’s tribal heritage.
Nearly 1,000 square feet of custom-printed Tectum panels were used to provide balanced acoustics and aesthetics.
Pictures of an aspen wood forest printed on acoustical panels created a multi-dimensional effect when floor to ceiling wood trunks were installed. The project honors the natural world in a space that is respectful of the people it serves.