Acoustics By Design received the National and Michigan awards for the 101 Best and Brightest Most Sustainable Companies in 2016. ABD has won the awards every year they have been offered.
Erik J Geiger, CTS-D has joined Acoustics By Design in their Portland, OR office as Senior Audiovisual Consultant.
When a construction project is underway, who is the best entity to hold the AV contract? Architects design buildings, and construction companies build them. That seems simple enough. While those are the cornerstones of a project, there can be dozens of other companies involved.
Why aren’t more AV projects using fiber communications? Are we just afraid of getting cut by the leading edge of technology, or are there legitimate reasons? Maybe there are just some myths out there that keep us from shifting from copper wire to fiber.
Acoustics By Design, Inc. and Daly-Standlee & Associates, Inc., two leading independent acoustical consulting firms, announced the merger of their businesses, effective April 1, 2016. Acoustics By Design, headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan and Daly-Standlee & Associates in Portland, Oregon, provide a full range of acoustical engineering and consulting, and AV design services to architects, engineers, facilities directors, municipalities, industrial clients and building owners.
Celebrating the signed agreement on 4/1/2016
We regularly hear from corporate clients regarding closed office privacy concerns. Acoustical challenges of an open office environment are manifold, but crosstalk between closed office spaces, or conference rooms, can be just as distracting. Typically, when these calls come in, we have a standard list of questions that we ask potential clients about their current environment to try to get an understanding of why they feel they have no privacy between closed offices.
Sometimes when we work with an organization like a church, a school, university, or corporate client, we hear that they already have a tech guy (or girl of course). They’ve had, or recently acquired someone who is responsible for the technical systems. Now that a larger project has come up, the question is inevitably asked, “why should we hire a technical systems designer, when we already have a tech guy?” It’s not that your guy isn’t awesome at what he or she does. It’s actually a completely different discipline.
When most people hear about the Acoustic Standards in the LEED for Schools Rating System (LEED v4), their eyes start to glaze over like a pair of day-old Krispy Kremes. With over thirty pages of detailed acoustical design criteria, the ANSI Standards are a force to be reckoned with. What are the basic principles of acoustical design that will “LEED” to enhanced learning environments, happy school board officials, and of course… impressive LEED scores?
Finding a quiet place to live can be tricky business and can take a bit of time. Research, multiple visits, and looking for red flags are all necessary steps if you want to live in peace and quiet.
When the noise from the condo or apartment unit above sounds like your neighbor’s favorite shoes are a pair of bricks, it can be a struggle. It’s not just multi-family and mixed-use units, single family homes can fall prey to unwanted noises that move from room to room. If you’re looking for some DIY option to help with the echo in your home – please see The Resonance in Your Residence Part 1. Here, we’re talking about those annoying noises from upstairs or next door.
You’ve just moved into your new home, or maybe you recently did some renovations and there it is – noise. Unwanted sound right where you live. There’s an echo, a hum, or you can hear everything going on next door, every footstep above, and the traffic outside is louder than you thought. You love your home, but the sound is making you crazy.
Zagat’s 2015 State of Dining in America survey of more than 10,000 diners across the country showed that noise was second only to service as a top dining-out irritant. Comments included, “Great food and service, but the place was so loud we had to shout over dinner. Not cool.” Working with an independent acoustical consultant in your restaurant design and construction, or renovation process can help “Take The Din Out of Dinner.” (Dana Tanyeri, Senior Contributing Editor for Restaurant Development + Design Magazine)
As 2015 comes to a close, Acoustics By Design is delighted to be among this year’s National Best and Brightest Companies To Work For.
The conference room is often the most-used and least-understood. It’s the one place where your staff and guests intersect with audio, video, screen-sharing, and presentation technology. The problem is, you might not have the right adapters to plug in your laptop. What if someone is using a different platform? What if they use a tablet, or have their presentation on their smart phone? BYOD has been the unattainable goal for years… until recently. BYOD in your conference room might be just what you need to get everyone collaborating, and all your devices working together.
It seems like a good idea; a fitness center in your building. It’s so convenient! Unless of course, you want some peace and quiet. Are workout spaces hiding where you live or work? Do they generate much noise? Is there anything that can be done to keep them under control? Once you start peeking into the fitness center, you start to find answers to those questions.
When a technical system design project includes video, we are asked the same question, “Can we do wireless video for that?” It sounds like a great idea. Someone wants to add a video display, projector and screen, a few cameras, or a set of monitors somewhere, and after all, they have an AppleTV at home, and that streams video wirelessly. Depending on the project, and the type of video, limited wireless video can work, but it does require some planning and understanding of the limitations.
The acoustical quality of University broadcast and recording facilities can make or break the studio, and student experience. It’s best to plan ahead, before you go on air.