An article in our newest e-book discusses how new acoustic ceiling materials are well-positioned to help create healthy, comfortable, and acoustically sound buildings. It appears along with two other articles on institutional architecture in “Designing MUSH Facilities,” a free, downloadable resource.
To create effective barriers to noise and vibration in buildings, it is essential to clearly define design objectives, carefully select construction materials, choose appropriate finishes, and diligently design the interior space with proper layouts of adjacent areas.
When converting an old warehouse in Toronto into a music rehearsal and multimedia production facility, the lack of walls created multiple design challenges. A fully floating recording studio was created to achieve the required level of acoustical performance in the space.
In this author’s role as a technical solutions manager with a gypsum wallboard manufacturer, a lot of questions are received about fire-resistance-rated wall partitions and floor-ceilings. Inquiries usually begin with “Can I do this?” or “Do we have to do that?”
Hospitals are inherently noisy for two primary reasons. First, there is the abundance of noise sources, from paging systems and patient monitoring equipment to staff conversations and the bustle of visitors.
Every day, people complain about the acoustic environments in the office buildings where they work. This is supported by the Center for the Built Environment at the University of California (UC) Berkeley, which maintains one of the most extensive post-occupancy building survey databases in the world.
A suspended acoustical ceiling represents a significant percentage of a room’s surface. As such, these ceilings are critical to controlling the noise level in a space by providing a means of absorbing unwanted sound generated inside and blocking unwanted sound generated outside.
Thermoformed plastic ceiling assemblies offer new opportunities for design without compromising life safety. One particular application bears special mention: drop-out ceiling panels that can be installed beneath fire sprinklers.
The term ‘speech privacy’ refers to how well a conversation is overheard and understood by an unintended listener. The need to prevent sound from intruding into adjacent spaces in both closed and open-plan settings is a concern in various buildings.
Metal ceiling systems are gaining popularity in commercial ceiling markets because they not only conceal, but also attract attention with dramatic designs and decorative flourishes. The systems meet rigorous performance requirements for acoustics, wind loads, humidity, fire, earthquakes, and sustainability; they also provide access to mechanical systems and low-maintenance reliability.