BAY CITY, Michigan, January 12 – Coca-Cola has completed installation of Acoustifence® noise barrier fencing along the west perimeter of its Bay City plant, bringing to an abrupt halt those noise issues that had been plaguing neighbors in the surrounding community and attracting local news organizations as the outcry from area residents grew.
Architect Jack Zelazny of Dearborn, Michigan, acting as a consultant to Coca Cola’s contractor Kirco Manix, chose Acoustifence noise barrier fencing for the core of the 300-foot wide noise barrier project designed to alleviate noise from idling delivery trucks at the plant that had been plaguing neighbors in the South End Community.
Zelazny said the initial plan was to construct a 30-foot acoustical metal fence along the perimeter roadway to address the problem, but he nixed the idea in favor of something significantly less expensive and more aesthetically pleasing and to the community’s residents.
“I didn’t think it was appropriate for the neighbors to have to stare at a 30-foot industrial metal fence from their small residential yards,” Zelazny said. “I really wanted to find something more organic and natural.”
Reducing Coca-Cola Plant Noise – After researching sound barrier fencing options, he found Acoustifence, a product of Acoustiblok, Inc. in Tampa Florida, and discussed his options with one of the acoustical consultants of Acoustiblok. After conferring with Acoustiblok, Zelazny moved ahead with construction of a grass covered, 300-foot wide berm that incorporated a nine foot high Acoustifence barrier and landscaping for an attractive roadside aesthetic. The project was completed in the final weeks of December, and both company officials and neighbors rang in the New Year with their new found peace and quiet.
“The Acoustifence went up flawlessly, and it’s not unpleasant to look at,” Zelazny said. “When we covered it with the dark green acoustical fabric covering, it looked natural and organic, as we had hoped.
“But the real surprise was the immediate impact it had on the noise.”