Although the risk of contracting COVID-19 has fallen, it has not disappeared entirely. It has spurred heightened awareness of how to stay healthy indoors, with many employees nervous about returning to their workplaces.
While many design options exist (e.g. baffles, banners, islands, and clouds), the use of NRC rating as a performance metric does not. The sound-absorbing performance of these individual, hanging acoustic objects is not quantified using NRC. Instead, their absorption is characterized using sabins, the unit of sound absorption.
Beyond the modern monolithic look of smooth, white, square panel, drop ceilings, today’s interior ceiling design ideas explore many different styles from bold accents to subtle shades to a signature, custom creation. Choosing colors should be a conscious, specified design decision selected with purpose, function, and meaning.
With a greater understanding of indoor environmental quality, acoustic ceiling material choices, and relevant product certifications, specifiers can have a positive impact on buildings’ indoor air quality, lighting, safety, acoustic comfort, and on people’s health and well-being.
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum’s Annie Oakley Society Event Center in Oklahoma City incorporates a linear metal ceiling system with a walnut woodgrain finish that visually connects the event center’s interior with the museum’s outdoor exhibits and landscape.
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