Focus on Acoustics: Containing Fan and Duct Noise

During a recent tour of an existing campus, we were shown a classroom that was in the process of having a complete, bells-and-whistles audiovisual package installed to support a distance learning program. However, our project meeting quickly took an unscheduled detour when we noticed an acoustical issue with the space. The issue was you needed… Read more »

Product Review: Fabric Duct

Fabric duct products, such as DuctSox, are often specified nowadays as a lower cost alternative to traditional metal ductwork for large spaces – such as gymnasiums, cafeterias, and convention halls – where large volumes of air need to be evenly distributed throughout. Manufacturers of fabric ductwork tout its many benefits: low installed cost, low maintenance,… Read more »

Focus on Acoustics: LEED Conflicts – The Impact Synergies Have on Good Design Practices and Acoustics

Sustainable design and LEED requirements are transforming the building industry. But like any shift in practice, there’s a domino effect. A number of sustainable design options that earn a building IEQ credits (indoor environmental quality) in some respects are at odds with achieving equally important acoustical goals. With creative engineering and an integrated design approach,… Read more »

Product Review: Pyrok

What does the abbreviation “NRC” mean to you? To acousticians it usually means Noise Reduction Coefficient, a single number rating for the absorptive characteristics of a specific material AND mounting condition at four frequencies within the range of speech. It is not, as its name implies, the difference in sound levels between two conditions or… Read more »

Project Profile: Quintiles

Quintiles Transnational, which helps pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device companies develop and market innovative therapies, recently celebrated the grand opening of its new headquarters in Durham, North Carolina. At 252,000 square feet, the new, 10- story, glass-and-concrete structure, with room for some 1,100 employees, towers above its neighbors and glows at night from the light… Read more »

Focus on Acoustics: Ceiling Treatments

Note: TA provided this article for the August 2009 issue of Buildings. Good acoustical design is an integral part of making a space fulfill its purpose. Whether we’re looking at retail space, a restaurant, open-plan offices, a videoconference room, a theater, a courtroom, an educational space, medical space, or another facility space, the implementation of… Read more »

Focus on Acoustics: Hear and Be Heard – The Case for Acoustics in Themed Entertainment

Just as they are for conference rooms, auditoriums and commercial spaces, acoustical considerations are integral to the design of family entertainment centers, themed restaurants, theme parks, water parks, museums and other visitor attractions. (We call it Acoustically Integrated aRchitecture, or AIR.) Good acoustics are part of the pixie dust that creates an outstanding guest experience…. Read more »

Product Reviews: The Thorburn Office Experience

The new equipment and infrastructure helps make Thorburn Associates’ new North Carolina offices a pleasant, modern, functional space and an exemplary, working model of an open-plan office, featuring an exposed ceiling grid and first-rate acoustics. The office design is in conformance with LEED Silver (we hope) guidelines. When you’re in the Raleigh-Durham area, please pay… Read more »