Noise has a negative impact on patient wellness, provider efficiency, and overall quality of care in healthcare facilities. When evaluating flooring options for healthcare centers, it is important to consider the need to reduce noise levels while maintaining high standards of cleanliness to provide safety and comfort to patients and providers.
Wood ceilings can not only provide inviting, eye-catching aesthetics, but also effective acoustical control, making them a versatile and functional design element. To obtain the acoustic benefits, the panels must be perforated and backed with a sound-absorbing material.
Standards now require high-performance sound absorption overhead in many building types. Understanding the acoustic requirements within the building standards and translating those correctly into a project’s written specification is only the first step. One should also understand other potential impacts on the building design to ensure the facility sounds good overall when completed.
At the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Logistics & Reconditioning Center in Grandview, Missouri, metal ceiling panels installed diagonally in a herring bone pattern create a signature space.