Noise has a substantial effect on the healthcare environment. Negative effects can include impact on caregivers and patients, elevated psychological and physiological stress levels, and poor overall communication. Speech and communications privacy is a substantial part of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Machine noise and vibration from MRI and imaging technology can significantly impact adjacent spaces.
We bring to projects a design focus on complete environments including soundscape studies and site evaluation, exterior, interior and background noise levels, speech privacy, and mechanical noise and vibration control. The sound of a building can have a profound impact on its patients.