A Challenging Design Environment
Hospitals contain a lot of people, equipment and processes that generate significant levels of noise. External noise generators such as road traffic and emergency helicopter movements also create the need for facades that have a high level of noise reduction incorporated into their design. Controlling internal noise levels and minimising reverberation in critical areas is necessary to ensure high levels of speech intelligibility are achieved. At the same time, achieving adequate levels of airborne sound separation is crucial to ensure that doctors and patients can converse in complete privacy. An integrated design approach is required to meet the design outcomes and ensure that a consistent level of acoustic quality is achieved for medical facilities located both in capital cities and remote locations.
Solutions Not Complications
The acoustic design of health facilities is complicated due to the high number of building services and noise sources that need to be accounted for in the design. Achieving a good acoustic outcome requires an in-depth understanding of how health facilities are designed and operated. Not having this understanding can result in unnecessarily complicated designs that impact upon buildability and increase the cost of construction.
The Director of SoundBASE Consulting Engineers, Michael Hayne, has extensive experience in the acoustical design and noise impact assessment of health facilities, having worked as the Principal Acoustic Engineer on high profile projects in Queensland, including:
- Weipa Hospital Redevelopment
- Mackay Base Hospital Redevelopment
- Townsville Hospital Redevelopment Stages 2, 3, 3A and 4
- Emergency Department and Palliative Care Rooms, QEII Jubilee Hospital
- Pindara Private Hospital Redevelopment
A comprehensive list of Michael's health and aged care project experience can be downloaded here.
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