Morgan Center at Jekyll Island Club

Project Type: Entertainment & Restaurants

Morgan Center at Jekyll Island Club
Jekyll Island, GA
Architect: DAS Architects

The Morgan Center is a historic building that was formerly a tennis club at the Jekyll Island Club Resort. It is their largest event venue, suitable for weddings and other gatherings of up to 300 people. There is a large main floor, a mezzanine level, and an outdoor terrace and lawn area as well. The conversion from a private indoor tennis facility to a large banquet room presented some unique challenges due to the drastic differences in the usage of the space.

We performed analysis which predicted reverberation in the large banquet hall which had a wood ceiling, exposed wood joists, and wood-paneled walls. The proposed material for the floor was wall-to wall carpeting. We also factored in an average of 100 people in the room for our calculations and found the reverberation time to be pretty far outside the acceptable range. In order to reduce the reverberation time, we specified thermal insulation for the interior side of the roof decking and additional acoustical panels on the walls.

Another phase of our involvement in this project had to do with mechanical system noise and vibration control. We provided analysis of the systems and their predicted sound transmission into the banquet and mezzanine spaces. Our recommendations for mitigating the noise from the mechanical room involved isolating the air-handler units on combination springs and neoprene mounts and the use of flexible connectors to limit vibration. We also provided design solutions to limit noise transmission from the mechanical room itself. This included door gasketing and other specific finish materials to use in the actual construction.

Ultimately our design solutions have proven to be very successful. The renovations to this this former indoor sports facility are complete and the club has been open for a number of years. It is very popular and has been very well reviewed.

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