As more and more commercial interiors, from offices to schools, veer toward open concepts and exposed structures, the spaces become susceptible to noise. And for occupants, excessive noise can lead to increased stress, lower productivity, decreased focus, and poor communication. This session will help architects understand the challenge by exploring how sound is generated, transmitted, and reverberates. Attendees will learn a simpler approach to sabins, how to calculate absorption, and how to apply that knowledge to designing ceiling systems that hit the sweet spot for noise reduction.
King County, Washington, was the “epicenter” of the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S. Learn how DLR Group partnered with the county to deliver nearly 1,000 quarantine, assessment, and recovery beds in various communities within a matter of weeks through rapid assessment, design, and construction methods. Lessons learned will equip designers and communities to better manage pandemic events in the future.
Codes and standards are developed scientifically and support the needs of our society extremely well. But because we have such a large country, local variations make the codes complex and difficult to digest, understand, and comply. As architects, we are responsible for satisfying society’s demands for buildings that are safe, secure, healthy, energy efficient, accessible, functional, sustainable, and high-performance, all while complying with enforced codes and standards. This session will explore the challenges architects face with codes and standards while navigating solutions, offering best practices, and providing strategies for managing compliance.