Open Plan Office Acoustics
Sound affects the way we feel and behave. In the working environment, sound is particularly critical. Complaints in the office often involve the lack of speech privacy, high noise levels and the distraction of overheard extraneous conversations. These complaints risk becoming more pronounced when traditional office walls are replaced by partial height panels, which allows sound to circulate more freely throughout your space.
Lecture Hall, Classrooms, Gymnasiums and Auditoriums tend to be noisy due to the activity level and the reflectivity of the interior surfaces. While an overwhelming noise level might be desirable during a basketball game, it is hardly useful most other times. Noise levels interfere with instruction and make it impossible to converse or address a class when there are other groups in the space.
Of the many ingredients that go into making a successful Restaurant is the correct acoustical environment is often the most elusive. While a noisy atmosphere can be very detrimental, so too can one which is too quiet. Striking the correct balance for each individual restaurant or dining facility is important to its success. While the ambience of some should be deliberately “busy and engaging,” others should be more subdued. Speech privacy is almost always an important consideration, at least for some part of the facility.
Many recreational facilities have noise problems that compromise the use of the space. Gymnasiums, Natatoriums, Aerobic and Exercise Rooms often experience high noise levels and the accompanying distortion that makes instruction and conversation difficult. Multi-use space often cannot be used effectively for meetings, banquets or any auditorium type of function. The office space, although small, may still be a less than pleasant place to work.
Comply with HIPPA and optimize recovery time. Even the slightest subdued conversations at a nurse’s station can be disturbing enough to interfere with needed restful sleep. In fact, noise frequently leads the list of negatives in patient satisfaction surveys. Sound Masking can neutralize these distractions.
Typically, a large number of people are performing a very noisy task in a confined space. In addition, management frequently feels that maintaining sight contact with the workers is important from a supervisory aspect, both to assure that the employees are working and to respond to call center employees signaling for assistance.
Noise levels from heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems are excessive. This can be due to poor initial design, a change in the design of the space without adjusting the HVAC system, or problems relating to maintenance.
Have you ever spoken on the telephone to someone who is using a speakerphone? Chances are that the quality of the signal was not good. It may have sounded as though they were speaking through a pipe or in a cave – that “tin can” effect.
When addressing the acoustical considerations of a studio the quality of the recording is as much dependent on the design of the room as it is on the equipment. The equipment is, of course, paramount. Without a properly engineered system of components and the selection and placement of speakers, the audio system cannot provide the optimum reproduction of a recorded or received audio signal. These items are identified as ‘active’ systems, in acoustic terminology.
Hear the Word. In a place of worship sometimes you can hear the sermon, but you cannot understand it. This is due to excessive reverberation and/or a poor sound system. The cavernous spaces that provide the proper venue for choral, organ and, in some cases, full orchestral music can make understanding speech difficult.
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