Architectural design, like many practices related to the human experience, is often centered on the visuals. We design buildings for function of course, but aesthetics are also a major factor. One component that can often be overlooked in the design phase are the acoustics of space. These “unseen” aspects of design can become major areas of concern once the occupants arrive and put a building through its paces. Medical facilities in particular have many specific requirements when it comes to acoustic design.
When a patient speaks with a doctor or other medical professional in an exam room or office, he or she fully expects speech privacy. In any type of medical facility, patients should feel as though they can say anything and that it will remain between themselves and a trusted care provider, not for all passerby to hear. Good acoustic design has to address these concerns at multiple levels.
Another major area for any business, and especially one in the medical field, is noise. It is vital that patients who have undergone surgery or other types of procedures can get the rest that they need. If a building is noisy, that can be very difficult. Noises can be extremely distracting to healthcare professionals as well and compromise their ability to log records and read patient notes efficiently and accurately.
Other Areas to Consider With Acoustic Design
In addition to acoustic design, medical facilities have other unique challenges. First of all, everyone must be able to access the parts of the building they need to get to, including users of varied physical abilities. These are legal requirements all businesses must adhere to or risk severe penalties. Under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) regulations, there are precise elements that must be addressed in the design of a public building and medical facilities in particular need to be well prepared for occupants who may have mobility limitations.
Another important consideration is space. Since an exam room, for example, needs space for the necessary furniture, counter space, and equipment, it can become very cramped. The design needs to keep all of these elements in mind so there can be harmony and comfort as well as efficiency.
How Acoustic Doors Address Each of These Areas
To adequately deal with privacy, noise, ease of access, and space, acoustic doors can be an excellent solution. The acoustic doors offered by AD Systems have been engineered to handle the varied demands of a medical space. Sound Control is a major feature of their design and contributes to a much more acoustical sound performance than is typical of a sliding door. These doors are also superb for saving space. AD Systems’ sliding acoustic doors are top-hung, so that there is no floor track to hinder wheelchair access or equipment being rolled into a room and a range of ADA compliant hardware options are offered.
The right doors can make all the difference for acoustic design and many other factors for a medical facility. AD Systems has been working with designers and architects for many years and have devised doors that will contribute to a sound acoustic design.