Did you know that noise affects our health behaviorally, psychologically, cognitively, and physiologically? Noisy interiors decrease concentration and productivity. Excessive exposure to unpleasant sounds can cause stress and make people less sociable. Loud sounds can elevate blood pressure and make sleep difficult. The long-term exposure to sudden noises has even been linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular health problems. It turns out that good acoustics is great for people, so, it follows, that the architectural community will have a burgeoning interest in acoustic products—especially ones that can make a real impact, aesthetically. This issue of AP ProductWire showcases a few interesting projects where design teams used attractive acoustic solutions to keep employees and students happy, healthy, and collaborating comfortably.
New & Noteworthy
When Plunkett Raysich Architects designed the new building for the Madison Area Technical College’s Goodman South Campus, they selected a linear metal ceiling system that offered a biophilic design-friendly wooden aesthetic and effectively managed sound in the bustling corridors and common areas.
The Ecoustic Matrix Tile presents bold 3-D design that will add depth and modern beauty to any space and can be used on walls and ceilings to absorb and diffuse sound. Subtle and commanding patterns can be created by mixing 34 colors and altering the orientation of the tiles to build formations that play with light and shadow.
Amicus Therapeutics is dedicated to “the fight to remain at the forefront of therapies for rare and orphan diseases.” It is a mission that is incredibly personal to Chairman and ceo, John F. Crowley. Two of his children were born with Pompe disease, a rare neuromuscular genetic disease that Amicus is working to cure in its new 46,000-sq.-ft. Global Research and Gene Therapy Center of Excellence in University City Square, Philadelphia.
We’re just weeks away from the opening of our new mill, where we’ll be rolling the world’s largest HSS in sizes up to 22" square, with walls up to 1" thick. State-of-the-art mill technology like quick-change rollers and a fully automated inventory warehouse will help give us the shortest lead times in the industry, and the new jumbo sizes will give builders the tools to go bigger, wider and taller than ever before with strong, efficient HSS. Initial orders are already booked, but you can check out our site to learn more and start planning big things today.
Axis Lighting redefines layers of light with StencilFlex, a cost-effective line-voltage framework for limitless lighting design. StencilFlex is a building and room scale lighting system providing design freedom.
The energy efficient system features a sleek, versatile framework based on the Stencil form factor and uses innovative Integral Modular Wiring (IMW), and Nomadic and Empower technologies to control lighting inserts wherever needed for maximize design flexibility.
By thinking outside the fixture, Axis has engineered something that might just change everything about adaptable lighting.
School is in session at Hunter University! Hunter Panels offers educational opportunities through self-paced e-learning courses and live presentations. Course catalogue includes accredited courses through the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and International Institute of Building Enclosure Consultants (IIBEC). Live webinars happen every month where learners can ask questions and get CEU’s! Want to learn live? Book a Lunch and Learn course and we will come to you!
Offering the highest R-value (16 at 2”), lowest reported ASTM E84+ smoke developed index* and minimal flame spread, Kooltherm is the only insulation worthy of your valuable design space.
Let guests and residents find their comfort zone. LG Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) systems offer installation choices and performance for modern comfort. And when paired with the LG MultiSITE Connectivity Suite, you get easy-to-use system control and information for multi-unit buildings.
The Suite also works with top occupancy-based energy management systems, and can be installed wired or wirelessly. Plus, we offer the simplicity of integrating into your existing IP infrastructure without information or capacity loss.
Create custom looks with standard MetalWorks Torsion Spring Shapes in 2D or 3D patterns. The downward accessible panels are part of the Sustain and CleanAssure portfolios— meeting the most stringent industry sustainability compliance standards and CDC recommendations for cleaning and disinfecting. Our ProjectWorks design and pre-construction service can help with a complete design-to-installation package, quick turnaround, and crisp partner-component integration.