The ABCs of Open Office Acoustics

The ABCs of Open Office Acoustics

Open office spaces with movable partitions and reconfigurable workstations have become more than a trend in office facility design. They are the new normal. As acoustical consultants, we work on open office spaces frequently, and we like to begin the conversation with...
How Does Sound Masking Work

How Does Sound Masking Work?

Have you ever increased the volume of your music or television program to “drown out” your noisy neighbors? Or have you noticed how difficult it is to hear a conversation while eating in a busy restaurant? In both situations, sound from the “masker” (your...

New Principal Acoustical Engineer

Acoustics By Design is delighted to announce the naming of Melinda Miller, PE, LEED AP BD+C, EDAC, INCE. Bd.Cert., as ABD’s Principal Acoustical Engineer. Melinda Miller has worked in acoustical engineering since 2001. As a Professional Acoustical Engineer, licensed...
Closed Office Speech Privacy

Closed Office Acoustics and Privacy Concerns

We regularly hear from corporate clients regarding closed office privacy concerns. Acoustical challenges of an open office environment are manifold, but crosstalk between closed office spaces, or conference rooms, can be just as distracting. Typically, when these...
Acoustics and LEED for Schools

Acoustics and LEED For Schools

When most people hear about the Acoustic Standards in the LEED for Schools Rating System (LEED v4), their eyes start to glaze over like a pair of day-old Krispy Kremes. With over thirty pages of detailed acoustical design criteria, the ANSI Standards are a force to be...
Look for Red Flags

The Resonance in Your Residence Part 3

Finding a quiet place to live can be tricky business and can take a bit of time. Research, multiple visits, and looking for red flags are all necessary steps if you want to live in peace and quiet. Previously in The Resonance in Your Residence If you’ve read “The...