Acoustics

Alumni Medical Library at Boston University, Boston, Mass.

Key Products Used for BU's Medical library Renovation

In renovating the 13,000-sq.-ft. Alumni Medical Library at Boston University, Finegold Alexander Architects designed carrels and booths, and group study rooms within an open, transparent space. In swapping out a concrete encased staircase with a glass wall system, this brings visibility and light across the floorplate. DIRTT demountable partitions were specified for the individual study booths and for the glass fronts at the group study and tutor rooms to provide sound isolation. In addition, 2Tec2 woven vinyl flooring was selected as an easy to clean, durable option for withstanding the moving chairs and heavy foot traffic. The system also has a felt backing for sound absorption.Another int

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Happier Workplaces

“This is a product that I love! I judged it at Neocon and our team gave it a gold award.” —Elisabeth Post-Marner, SpacesmithThe product—Framery acoustic pods for phone meetings or relaxation—according to Post-Marner, literally envelops one in the sound-absorbing surroundings. “The ‘Mind’ section of WELL addresses places of meditation and relaxation, and this product provides it,” she says, adding it also meets the “AIR” criteria with no VOCs, and the “COMFORT” category, as the refreshing music-equipped pods help make people feel removed from the surrounding work environment.

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Dynamic Acoustics

Who says acoustic wall panels have to be boring? Designed by Alberto & Francesco Meda, the “Flat” sound-absorbing panels, available as a wall or ceiling-mounted system, are characterized by the perfectly planar front surface. The wall brackets are fitted with a rear metal hinge that can rotate and tilt the element. The “Totem” divider element (right) is made up of 12 panels can be set against each other and supported by a chromed tubular steel structure mounted on a painted metal base.

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Organic Dampener

Botanic, is a decorative leaf-shaped, sound- absorbing panel with patented technology held by chrome metal support that can be fixed with different inclinations and proposed in combination with different bearing structures. It is available in three versions: wall, ceiling-mounted and free-standing.

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Ceiling Solution

The most common complaint of occupants in open or exposed structure design is noise. Smooth textured Lyra PB Direct-Apply panels both offer architects, designers and owners a cost-effective way to reduce unwanted sound in exposed structure spaces, including both new construction and retrofit applications. The Lyra PB Direct-Apply ceiling and wall panels from Armstrong Ceiling & Wall Solutions can be installed directly to deck and wall surfaces with recommended ceiling adhesive. The product offers easy adhesive installation, a variety of design options and excellent sound absorption.

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All-Pro Blocker

The Beyond pavilion is a demountable partition system, featuring a rich set of materials and configurations that helps users reclaim unused vertical real estate in the open plan, creating environments from solo to collaborative, while supporting technology and power routing. The system supports marker boards, tackable materials and can be constructed with frameless glass, framed glass and solid panel options.

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No Blue Blocker

Knocking down sound, but not daylight, the ILTUO acts as a room division system with options to incorporate 3form’s translucent Varia Ecoresin material, as well as its acoustic Sola Felt. As a customizable and highly configurable product, the hardware system allows for variable height requirements, from half wall to full floor to ceiling heights. Designers can use Varia’s writable finish to turn ILTUO’s interior or exterior surface into a collaboration tool.

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Easy, Smooth Operation

ADA-compliant, with an acoustic Sound Transmission Class of 45, AcoustiFOLD sliding doors support larger opening sizes and space management. With only 15/16 in. of exposed track, the doors deliver a seamless transitions between spaces.

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Monolithic Surface

Without the perforations typically found on acoustic vceilings, ACOUSTIBuilt features a seamless and smooth monolithic surface. The high-performing product offers an absorbing Noise Reduction Coefficient of up to 0.70, and a high Ceiling Attenuation Class of up to 48, preventing sound from entering adjacent spaces. Easier and less expensive to install than acoustical plaster, the panels can be finished similar to traditional drywall ceilings.

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Logan Airport, Suffolk County, Mass.

Design Impact

Techstyle’s large-format panels up to 4 ft. × 8 ft. createan exceptionally smooth surface for a premium look. The lightweight, sag-resistant fiberglass acoustic panels remain flat, even in high-moisture applications, and the surface is customizable with a large variety of colors, patterns and graphic designs. Each panel can be direct mounted to walls as well as ceilings for enhanced design impact and acoustic performance.

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