Officials with Los Angeles World Airports and the Inglewood Unified School District announced Thursday that sound-insulating features have been installed at Beulah Payne Elementary School, just in time for the first week of classes.

The sound-insulation project included classrooms, administrative buildings and the school’s multi-purpose auditorium.

“Los Angeles World Airports is pleased to fulfill its commitment to the students and staff of Beulah Payne Elementary School so they can begin their school year in newly soundproofed classrooms and administrative buildings,” said Samantha Bricker, LAWA chief environmental and sustainability officer.

The $2.8-million project included the installation of new acoustic windows and doors, additional wall and ceiling insulation, updated heating ventilation and air conditioning systems and other modifications intended to reduce interior noise levels, officials said. The modifications are expected to decrease interior noise levels by 5 decibels and maintain interior noise levels at or below 45 decibels, which is quieter than typical conversation, officials said.

The new installations also allow more natural light into the classrooms to reduce energy consumption.

“We are beyond pleased with the outcomes of our partnership with LAWA at Buelah Payne,” IUSD state administrator Thelma Melendez said. “It is our mission to provide our students with the best educational opportunities, and these newly renovated facilities enhance our students’ everyday learning environment.”

Insulation work at Beulah Payne Elementary began in May 2018, and it is the first of the four schools to have sound-insulation work completed.

Sound-insulation projects at Monroe Middle School, Morningside High School and Oak Street Elementary are ongoing, LAWA officials said.

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