The pandemic of 2019-2020 has made the world a far different place. While the threat of infectious diseases was already concerning, it has brought a renewed consciousness about healthcare facilities, the people who save lives in those facilities, and those whose lives are saved.
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.
The patient-focused design of the 32,516-m2 (350,000-sf) St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in O’Fallon, Illinois, offers more space, greater efficiencies, and a modern appearance. Providing both the desired appearance and required performance, metal ceiling panels help create the building’s four exterior canopies.
Salina Central High School in Salina, Kansas, has completed its expansion and renovation project. New ceiling systems were installed throughout the 5574-m2 (60,000-sf) space to blend new construction with renovated areas.