For the most part, T-Bar ceilings are the standard in today’s offices and boardrooms. This is both good news and bad news. The good news is that the size of the panel follows a standard that make them easily replaceable. The bad news is that these panels are not very effective at controlling echo and are almost useless when it comes to sound containment. The problem is that the hard gypsum walls, office windows and boardroom table reflect sound energy back into the room creating a flutter echo as sound ricochets everywhere. Merely think about last time you were on the phone with someone using ‘hands-free’… the voice at the other end is mixed in with noise echoing inside the room making it difficult to understand what is being said, severely compromising intelligibility. As for containment, sound travels through the ceiling tile into the plenum above and then travels through to the adjacent office. This not only compromises security, but it opens the door to sensitive conversations being overheard by others.
Is there a lot of distracting ambient or outside noise coming into your conference room from other parts of the office? Does your meeting room have a lot of flat, hard surfaces such as white boards, large screens or glass walls that create an uncomfortably high sound reverberation? The first step to improving meeting room acoustics is to identify what your problems or concerns are. Then you can invest in the right solution.
Your meeting rooms are where ideas are born and deals are made and you’ve invested a lot of money into technology to facilitate that process.
Now it’s time to make sure your meeting room acoustics are helping you too. As with most improvements, the sooner you start the better. Putting the correct acoustical elements in place as you build your meeting spaces can help you hit the ground running with high sound quality for your in-person and virtual meetings.
Retro-fitting your meeting rooms with acoustic-improving solutions can be an inexpensive way to improve the meeting experience and, ultimately, your bottom line.
Contact us now to discover how Primacoustics can help in the design of your board room and office spaces.