Focus on Acoustics: Sound Isolation between Workstations

October 1, 2008   
As with all matters acoustical, things seem to come in waves. The latest revolution of problems to solve: private offices along window walls in office buildings. People have been complaining they hear everything that is said on the other side

Project Highlight: Kaiser Santa Clara Medical Center

October 1, 2007   
The new Kaiser Permanente Hospital and Medical Offices in Santa Clara, CA recently opened on a 52-acre campus. The facility is equipped with leading edge technology yet designed with a warm, inviting environment. The hospital campus is home for a

Recent Natural Disasters Spark a Renewed Interest in Emergency Generators

February 1, 2006   
Hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, blizzards—severe weather can interrupt power service for hours or even days. Without electricity, business usually comes to a complete halt while costs escalate. A reliable power source can keep computers, lights, heating units, pumps, freezers and medical

Restaurant Acoustics

May 1, 2004   
During the last 20 years we have seen a number of different acoustical issues in retail / shopping areas – everything from blender noise for a juice bar at a now defunct Mexican restaurant chain prototype, to a restaurant so

Resilient Channels

April 1, 2004   
Acoustical Consultants often specify resilient channels to improve the sound isolation of a construction assembly. Sound isolation is the amount of noise the wall or floor/ceiling reduces. Resilient channels are installed perpendicular to the stud or joist. This reduces the

“I Didn’t Know You Did That”

March 1, 2004   
If we just had a nickel for every time we hear “I didn’t know you did that!”… Most recently, a very good client was sharing an elevator ride with us and mentioned he needed someone to do an audiovisual system

Speech Privacy Within Hospitals Meeting the New HIPAA Standards

January 1, 2004   
Confidentiality between a patient and the health provider is one of the basic principles of modern health care. Without confidentiality, the effectiveness of the health care system decreases, due to patient fear of having their medical records revealed and possibly