Work it Out: Fitness Centers in Mixed Use Buildings

This course is intended to help architects, engineers, and especially building owners understand the issues that can arise when trying to bring an active fitness facility into a mixed use building or development and how these issues can best be addressed. The session will include a discussion of the various types of fitness franchises and the acoustic concerns that come along with them (as well as how to deal with such concerns though architectural and managerial methods). We will also cover the basics on how sound propagates through a building, and discuss what features (in terms of building type and tenant location) to look for (or avoid) when planning for a new tenant or a new franchise location. This course will also include demonstrations and case studies of specific issues and the methods used to resolve them.

NVHC01

Noise and Vibration in Healthcare Facilities (HSW)

Healthcare facilities generally house a variety of equipment and spaces that are sensitive to noise and vibration. This presentation will address issues related to day-to-day operations, unique situations that arise, such as those due to nearby construction. We introduce the concepts of vibration and noise criteria as they relate to sensitive equipment and spaces. Using the special case of MRIs, we will discuss potential sources of building vibration and mitigation measures. We will also discuss the potential impacts of the MRI operation on neighboring spaces with respect to airborne noise and structure-borne vibration. Construction-related vibrations are also a potentially huge source of disruption for hospital facilities. We will examine the potential impact of construction vibrations, methods to predict impact and possible mitigation methods.

ACHC01

Acoustics and Healthcare Facilities (HSW)

Effective designs for healthcare facilities include attention to acoustics. This session will be a survey of architectural acoustics and mechanical system noise and vibration concerns relating to healthcare facilities. Learn fundamental elements for addressing speech privacy, sound isolation, room finishes, and HVAC noise and vibration control. Topics will be organized by design phase to present a logical and cost effective approach.

ACAV11

Senior Hospital(ity): Acoustic and AV Design Across the Continuum of Care (HSW)

America’s Baby Boomers are entering retirement and many are starting to think about the next stage of their lives. Retirement communities and senior living facilities have seen a marked population increase in the past decade, and that trend is expected to continue. When planning a new facility for seniors, there are special technology and acoustic considerations — these aren’t your typical multi-family projects. In this session, we will discuss how new FGI guidelines apply to senior living facilities, skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers, and hospitals, as well as how to address the unique acoustics requirements of an aging population. We will also discuss how technology is being increasingly used as a method to aid in the delivery of patient care.

NVGN17

Construction Vibrations – Considerations for Nearby Sensitive Facilities

Vibrations produced by construction activity have the potential to disrupt sensitive activities in nearby facilities. This seminar, illustrated by case studies, discusses (a) criteria for sensitive equipment, (b) methods to predict the potential impact of construction-related vibration, and (c) specialized systems that can be used to monitor construction vibration inside sensitive facilities with real-time comparison to actual instrument criteria.

ACHC02

Quiet Patient Rooms: Why Medicare Cares and You Should Too (HSW)

Medicare is tying hospital reimbursements to scores on a patient satisfaction survey called HCAHPS (Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems). One of the questions on this survey asks the patient how quiet the area was around their patient room. Design strategies for achieving “quiet” will be discussed along with a big picture view of the changing Medicare reimbursement program.

NVGN16

Controlling Cogen and Chiller Plant Noise & Vibration in Educational Settings (HSW)

Educational facility expansion projects often include installing new or upgrading existing chiller and cogeneration power equipment. The noise and vibration produced by chiller and power plants can become issues within adjacent building spaces and in the nearby community. To address these issues in a cost-effective manner, they should be evaluated early-on in the overall project design phase, and as indicated, be resolved with the project team. We will outline the evaluation process, highlight cost-effective mitigation measures, and discuss several representative projects.

ACGN44

Office Speech Privacy: Design Vs. reality (with lessons learned in the field) (HSW)

Speech privacy is an important factor toward achieving productive workplaces. While the term ‘speech privacy’ can relate to the goal of confidentiality when having sensitive conversations, more frequently the topic is critical for creating conditions for staff to work productively with minimal distractions from the surrounding workplace activities. A discussion of the important factors that relate to effective speech privacy will be covered. Following this introduction, we will discuss how speech privacy is achieved in open and closed offices through appropriate design of workplace. We will also highlight lessons learned about the challenges to achieving speech privacy in newly constructed workspaces. This discussion will cover the important aspects of the office layouts (using either studs and drywall or modular panels), sound absorbing finishes and background sound.

ACGN38

Addressing Sound Transmission in Residence (HSW)

Ever since the beginning of multi-family dwellings, sound isolation between residential units has generated significant tension. Residents want privacy from the people living next to them, even though they may be less than a few feet away from one another. According to the International Building Code, partitions and constructions between residences should have a minimum Sound Transmission Class (STC) of 50 and a minimum Impact Insulation Class (IIC) of 50 (45 if field measured). This language has been adopted by many state building codes including New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

ACGN45

There Goes the Neighborhood! (or not) – Acoustical Considerations for Mixed-Use Developments (HSW)

Many urban centers are seeing an increased interest in mixed-use developments, which provide numerous advantages. However, these developments also pose significant noise control challenges, both within the buildings and in the surrounding neighborhoods. We will present select case studies demonstrating typical problems and possible solutions.