Henry Ford’s dream for a “hotel for sick people” comes to fruition with the 2009 opening of the Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital. The hospital is designed with a comprehensive approach to acoustics including noise isolation, speech privacy, room acoustics, HVAC noise control, and community noise control. © 2010, Acoustics By Design.
This new hospital was designed with all aspects of patient wellness in mind, including taking a proactive design stance on the acoustical environment. Sound propagation throughout the facility, in both public and patient areas, was investigated to facilitate selection of proper sound absorbing and blocking treatments to create calm and private surroundings for a busy facility. Acoustics By Design recommended treatments for the two large atriums, verified performance of architect-selected partition types, and provided direction on sound isolation for the MR suite. Additionally, a state-of-the-art 90 seat demonstration kitchen was designed with adequate sound isolation, interior treatment and low background HVAC noise for future use as a broadcast auditorium. Henry Ford Health System is also sensitive to the community where this facility is located and embarked on property line noise measurements to assure compliance with the local ordinance. LEED certification is being sought for this beautiful “northern Michigan lodge” styled building.