People Who Work in Glass Houses: Sound masking for modern conference rooms

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Privacy has all but vanished from the modern glass conference room and from much of the open-plan commercial office space. While additional frosting, static films, or vertical blinds can return some small measure of visual privacy, restoring speech privacy through acoustic treatment takes more knowledge, finesse, and careful specification. Acoustic treatment, after all, is not really ‘sound-proofing’ or ‘noise-cancelling.’

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Specifying and achieving a level composite steel floor

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Composite steel assemblies are an efficient and popular structural option for floor construction. Figure 1 shows a typical assembly, consisting of a steel beam, metal deck, concrete slab, and shear connectors. The composite action between the steel beam and concrete provided by shear connectors creates the composite properties that make the system a very stiff and strong structural element.

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Modular Carpet Needs a Plan: The strategy of installation methods

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From ashlar and monolithic to brick and parquet, carpet tile installation methods offer varied and numerous design aesthetics. The methodology of carpet tile installation was derived in the mid-19th century at a small company just outside Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The company manufactured the world’s first carpet tile, which has since exploded into the rapidly growing industry of today.

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