Acoustics

Good Moon Rising

A family of fixtures, ALW’s additions to its “MoonRing” series include: MoonRing Acoustic (pictured), which brings acoustic options to the flagship luminiare; MoonDisc, a line of circular acoustic discs between 3—6 ft. in diameter, incorporating acoustics with optional indirect lighting, designed to complement MoonRing luminaires; and MoonDish, a side-emitting ring luminaire with a 1.5 aperture and an optional 0.5-in.-thick acoustic panel with an NRC of 0.85. The MoonDish delivers a uniform illumination with a modern design. A new twist on the ring trend, the luminaire offers a side-emitting profile, creating a glowing aesthetic. The optional acoustic panels are compo

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Audia

Minimizing Sound Absorption

Audia, the flagship fixture of the ACOUSTIX family of luminaires, combines a refreshingly slim aesthetic, exceptional optics and precision sound absorbing technology to create a new paradigm in acoustic lighting. Audia allows sound waves to be absorbed by Lumenwerx’s proprietary sound-absorbing material called EchoCore. The material is composed of aluminum carefully cut and sized based on Helmholtz Resonance. As sound passes, it gets trapped within the EchoCore and the air pockets that have been created, resulting in 30% more sound reduction than that of standard felt luminaires. In addition, the flame retardant and mold-resistant material is eco-conscious, emitting zero VOCs. It is al

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Angled Acoustics

Architects and designers can deliver playful acoustic installations in a variety of shapes, angles, layers, colors and sizes with SoundScapes Shapes Acoustical Clouds. Ideal for exposed ceiling structures that need spot acoustical solutions, it provides up to 1.18 Sabins per sq. ft. of acoustical performance. With the introduction of 60-degree triangles, 90-degree panel options, trapezoids and parallelograms, 13 standard shapes and 14 colors are offered for maximum flexibility. Custom shapes, sizes and colors are also available. Shapes contain more than 50% recycled content.Judge’s Comment: “Very innovative shapes, and relieved of the confinement of the grid.”

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Open Office Spaces Optimize Acoustics

Cybersecurity and identity management software company, SailPoint Technologies, recently moved into its new Northwest Austin offices. The location spans four floors and 65,000 sq. ft. within the 165,000-sq.-ft. building. In need of more space to accommodate its rapid growth, SailPoint’s new workspace nearly doubled the company’s previous Austin office space, which had been spread out across two buildings. According to the Austin Business Journal, the Austin-based staff expanded from 124 people in 2017 to nearly 500 in 2019, representing half of its global employees.Using sound-absorbing materials to optimize acoustics in an open office can benefit associates by accommodating both

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Stop Sound Movement

With today’s open office floor plans, the need for quiet in enclosed spaces is greater than ever. Armstrong’s Calla PrivAssure ceiling panels absorb 75 to 80% of the sound that strikes them. With a CAC of 45 to 50, they act as a sound barrier between spaces. With a drywall-like visual, the panels are ideal for hospitals, doctor offices, human resources spaces or where legal and financial discussions take place. 

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New Angle on Acoustics

DESIGNFlex for Formations Acoustical Clouds allow designers to incorporate acoustical control with desired aesthetics into their ceiling design. Available in nine standard patterns and 18 easy-to-order installation kits that create unique geometric cloud visuals, it is available in Armstrong’s popular Calla, Lyra PB, Ultima and Optima panels in a variety of geometric shapes and sizes. Panels absorb sound from both the front and the back to help reduce noise. 

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Office Enhances Employee Happiness with Workspaces

Postmate’s 400-person San Francisco office was in need of ideal workplace solutions that would provide a private, soundproof space for employees to make calls, relax or work solo, and to improve workflow and employee satisfaction. Postmates transforms the way goods move about cities by enabling anything to be delivered on-demand. Their local couriers can deliver anything from any store or restaurant in minutes and the company encourages communities to shop local, changing their economic landscape while encouraging local businesses to offer delivery services.  In order to promote creativity and avoid a stagnant environment, Postmates purchased modular and neutral furniture solution

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The Outdoors In

The Lovi Acoustic Trees make a beautiful visual statement and absorbs sound at the same time. The trees are available as a tree, a spruce, or as half trees installed against the wall. Made entirely from recycled plastic bottles, they are available in 10 color-ways and are available in three heights: 78.75 in., 118.1 in, 157. in and the half tree 78.7-in. high. Spruce Trees are available in four heights: 70.9 in., 106.2 in., 137.7 in., 157.5 in. and the half trees are either 47.2-in. or 70.8-in. high.

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Switching-It-Up-Blades

TURF has launched a new ceiling system—the Switch-blade—to address the aesthetics and acoustics of spaces with an existing tee grid. Made of individual baffles that attach to a tee grid with magnets, leaving existing ACT tiles untouched, it is easy to install and mix and match. Available in 17 colors and made of recycled PET felt, it comes in three design styles: classic, organic and geometric. Compatible with steel tee grids with flat 9/16-in. and 15/16-in. cross sections.

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Quieting Interiors with Knitted Felt

FELTWorks Blades from Armstrong enable architects and designers to redefine the ceiling plane with a soft linear visual that adds quiet and warmth to interior office spaces. Available in two knitted design modules, as well as rectangular panels in 6-in., 8-in. and 10-in. heights, knitted module options include Ebbs & Flows and Peaks & Valleys designs and custom looks as well. The 3/8-in.-thick panels are available in standard 48-in. and 96-in. lengths and 15 standard colors. Made from 50% post-consumer recycled PET fibers, panels absorb up to 70% of the sound that strikes them. Carrying a Class A fire rating, the blades are approved for use in all seismic categories.

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