Speeh Guad Building Materials Architects, Design
Written by Kent Damschroder

Speech Privacy – A Growing Need

Speeh Guad Building Materials Architects, DesignPrivacy in today’s world is an increasingly precious commodity; it’s a major factor in everyone’s lives. Social media can broadcast our every move around the country and across the globe and the smart phone camera provides instant news coverage never-before imagined. The lack of privacy has infiltrated workplaces as well and is wreaking havoc on worker productivity, stress levels and job satisfaction. Studies have found that lack of privacy is high on the list of worker dissatisfaction.

Business executives, lawyers, health care providers, and other professionals need and want privacy when talking to clients or patients. It can be difficult to safeguard confidential information within open concept floor plans.

The increase in converted factories, warehouses, and empty office buildings may be a boon for the real estate industry, but the large, open spaces created for the modern aesthetic contribute to noise pollution in the workspace. The deconstructed industrial look achieved with exposed brick and ventilation systems, metal and glass dividers only amplify the noise, causing it to bounce around.

Ways to combat the lack of speech privacy take several forms. Installing sound-absorbing materials is one way to reduce noise and increase worker concentration. Porous, soft materials such as fabric, mesh fabrics, sound-absorbing ceiling tiles and specially-designed wood panels are among the architectural solutions.

The gaps in lighting fixtures and ventilation shafts are often overlooked as conductors of workplace noise. One of the leaders in overcoming the speech privacy issue is Speech Guard™. They install a patented acoustic seal above light fixtures and over ceiling tiles to reduce noise while maintaining air flow.

Midlantic Sales Group is proud to be the exclusive manufacturer’s representative for companies all over the world engaged in the use of sustainable materials including Speech Guard™. Contact us online or call 410-224-5665.

Building Materials ,Architects, Design
Written by Kent Damschroder

Eucalyptus – Environmentally-friendly and Versatile

Eucalyptus may only be familiar to you for its pleasant-smelling oil, but the use of its wood in commercial building is on the rise. Native to Australia, eucalyptus is a fast-growing wood which can achieve growth of 6-12 feet in a single year. Some species can live as long as 1,000 years and depending on the variety, trees can grow to heights of 30 to 200 feet.

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Building Materials,Acoustic Interior
Written by Kent Damschroder

The Benefits of Acoustic Materials in Building

Theaters and concert halls are not the only locations that benefit from good acoustics. Soundproofing acoustics yields benefits for classrooms and offices as well. Excess noise can result in lower test scores for students and a decrease in productivity among office workers. Soundproofing an office can increase concentration, improve productivity levels, reduce the number of errors, and lower stress.

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Architectural Products Building Materials
Written by Kent Damschroder

Metal as an Architectural Acoustic Choice

Metal may not be the material that comes to mind in regard to acoustic management, but there are a variety of innovative products in this category which can be applied to ceilings, walls, and floors. Perforated metal is one type of product designed to absorb sound and reduce noise. Perforated metal reduces noise by dispersing it. It is especially effective for buildings in commercial districts.

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Architectural Products ,Building Materials
Written by Kent Damschroder

Technological Advances in Architectural Molding

Architectural molding dates back to prehistoric times. Back then it usually had a purpose much more integral to the structural integrity of the building than today where its use is now more decorative. Moldings (sometimes spelled with a ‘u’ as in ‘moulding’) have historically been forged from stone, wood or other materials that were naturally available. Throughout the millennia different cultures adopted different architectural approaches to the use of molding.

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Building Materials,Interior, Walls
Written by Kent Damschroder

Stronger Than Steel

The concept of sustainability is not new to us. It effects every aspect of our lives as more and more individuals, communities, and businesses understand its importance to the environment. There is a growing trend toward the use of bamboo and rattan in a variety of industries. While it’s in the nascent stages as a resource here in the US, China is the world leader in bamboo use.

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