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When you walk into a room and talk to people, you don’t want to be distracted about how echo-y the room is or how you can barely hear somebody that’s right next to you Architects In Michigan. And that’s all about acoustics and architecture. A lot of the time, acoustics is one of the first things to get value engineered in projects because it’s not viewed as important as the exterior envelope of the building or the furniture of the building that you sit on or parts of the structure or the windows that you look out of the building and see the landscape. But the comfort of a space a lot of the time has to incorporate acoustic properties of the space, not only in obviously concert halls or venues like music venues or amphitheaters, which are designed for the transfer of sound and the comfort of the person listening.

But in general conference rooms and really any place that has people in it, which is pretty much every building, Architects in Michigan really want to pay attention to your hard surfaces that you’re specifying in a building. Because we see now more than ever, people going away from carpet and moving toward vinyl plank or tile or any other hard surface like that and those things don’t absorb any noise. Even drywall in a space has issues with reflecting noise. So all of these surfaces in your room that are reflecting noise instead of absorbing it are creating a space that is echoey or extra loud and just an uncomfortable space that you don’t really want to go in to have a meeting or something of that nature. Another issue is not just the comfort of the person in the space, but what the people are talking about in spaces a, when you have doctors’ offices or other places of confidentiality or something that you’re not going to want other people to hear you talk about.

It’s very important to have insulated walls. Maybe some acoustic panels inside of the room, the or the drop ceiling tiles that are, that have acoustic properties. Some of the ways that we deal with acoustics in a space is we will take the interior walls up to the structural deck and insulate the interior of them. Architects in Michigan also put in acoustic tile ceilings and an extra layer of insulation over that ceiling. So you are completely enclosed in Acoustical absorbing elements in an acoustic space fit for the needs of an exam room or something of that nature where you need the confidentiality. Some of the ways that you, that we design for acoustics is too, you can add floating acoustic panels. Maybe if you have an open structure, you can take some panels and suspend them from the ceiling. It can also help feel a little bit more comfortable in a space.

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If you have a really high ceiling and you bring an acoustic ceiling down over top of it can feel a little bit more cozy and not as open and uncomfortable as maybe an open space without something hanging over it. You can also put acoustic panels on the walls over your drywall and there’s different ways to mount acoustic panels on the wall. Um, you can mount them off of the wall so that the sound goes through them and bounces back through them. So you kind of get the sound waves travel on all sides of those panels, but you can also just mount them right into the drywall. They’re just not as, they don’t offer as much acoustic relief as something mounted rate right off of the wall, like an inch or so. Architects in Michigan can also put acoustic panels on the ceilings, um, like you would a, or you can suspend them. Like I had previously mentioned, there are also other design elements called baffles that can go on the ceiling and it’s, you probably see them in gyms where they’re really big rectangles that hang from the ceiling, um, vertically and there’s a couple of them or you know, maybe the whole ceiling is covered.

But those are baffles. And those are for acoustics in a space to damp in the reverberation of voices and noises. But they do. There are a lot of companies that make really baffling baffle systems that are for smaller spaces and they’re more architecturally designed for spaces, a lot of color options. And ways to customize them. Architects in Michigan have also put these baffles on walls for kind of a feature wall that also has a performance ability to reduce the noise in the space. A lot of issues have come out with multifamily homes because people all want hardwood floors now. They’ll pay more money for hardwood floors, so architects in Michigan specify hardwood floors and these buildings and it doesn’t fit well for the transfer of noise from like the first floor to the second or from the second floor to the first floor or the vertical transfer of noise, p and l. People running around upstairs and you’re downstairs and you can hear them. That’s never a good thing for apartment living, but they do make nice underlayments for these type of hard floors.

it’s usually a vinyl plank flooring and these underlayments go down first and they’re thick and they are porous, so they help to keep the transfer of noise minimal from one floor to the next. A lot of the times, architectural projects that architects in Michigan have worked on in the past, the, the client will come back and say, well, the space is too, I need to do something about that or something. It’s some type of similar situation, which is why we always stress the, you should try to keep the acoustical design elements in your space. Architects and Michigan aren’t just specifying them because we want you to spend money or because they look awesome. We want you to specify them so that you are comfortable in the space that we’re designing for you.