ACGN25

Sounds Great! Design Considerations for Tough Spaces (HSW)

Innovative spaces that serve multiple purposes are most successful when they are aesthetically pleasing and achieve the intended acoustic goals. Forward-thinking ideas and technologies can create designs that “sound great”— both literally and figuratively. Spaces used by multiple departments in the corporate or academic worlds often serve several groups with different needs, ranging from group discussions to speaker presentations to several one-on-one conversations. Newly constructed and renovated spaces present unique challenges in catering to the varying preferences. Properly designed spaces that can be modified easily and quickly according to the users’ requirements can result in considerable savings in cost and square footage.

AVGN18

Interior Technology: Designing High-Tech Spaces that People Love to Use

People want the latest technologies, but for these products to be considered successful they must be (a) easy-to-use (b) well-integrated into the building infrastructure and (c) reliable. In this session we will discuss strategies for sophisticated room design and share comments from end-users. Optimal high-tech design requires close design team collaboration. All of the participants (architect, interior designer, client’s staff and consultants) play a role in creating the high-tech environment that people will use. It is also a process of compromise since the real world requires well-thought out trade-offs in budgetary, technical, operational and administrative objectives and goals.

Variable Acoustics in Performance Spaces

This session will explore ways designers can incorporate a wide range of systems and materials to accommodate a variety of acoustics program requirements. Learn about time patterns, spatial relationships, and successful models.

ACGN01

Acoustics 101 (HSW)

This program covers the fundamentals of architectural acoustics as well as some commonly misunderstood principles. Topics include: sound generation and travel; human sound perceptions; sound level descriptors; and acoustic properties of materials.

ACAV06

NFPA 72 Fire Alarm Code: Mass Notification System Design Overview

With the release of NFPA 72-2010, opportunities for mass notification technology have increased. Today, alarm and mass notification systems must provide threat-specific verbal guidance and instruction for a variety of threats and hazards, not only within a building, but also outdoors (across a campus for example). Learn about the main components of a mass notification system: identifying acoustically distinguishable spaces, audio system and data network design including fault-tolerance, redundancy and survivability, high-power speaker areas and voice intelligibility testing.