Modern Acoustic Solutions for Interior Environments

Specifying for health, comfort, aesthetics, and affordability
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Sponsored by AMBICO, ASI Architectural, Focal Point, NanaWall, PABCO Gypsum, Pyrok, Rockfon®, and USG
By Rebecca A. Pinkus, MTPW, MA
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Acoustic Solutions at Work

The following featured case studies demonstrate creative and effective design solutions that include high-performance acoustic solutions.


Noisy indoor environments can negatively impact occupant experience from simple distractions that make working and learning difficult to continual distractions that increase stress and even decrease healing time for patients in hospitals. In environments where sound is the main feature, such as performance halls, unmanaged noise can make a space unusable.

Architects and designers who consider a project’s acoustic needs in the early phases of the design process can better ensure that the space will function as desired from an acoustics standpoint. Modern acoustic-management products and systems make it easy for architects and designers to meet their design and budget goals, with options that include everything from acoustic drywall ceiling and wall panels that can be installed like standard drywall to soundproof door assemblies or flexible glass walls. The design options encourage aesthetic creativity and work toward creating healthy, safe environments that support occupant comfort and well-being.

Rebecca A. Pinkus, MTPW, MA, is a Toronto-based communication consultant, writer, editor, and historian of technology. She has been writing for the green build industry for several years, contributing to more than 40 continuing education courses and publications through Confluence Communications.


USG Corporation
NanaWall Systems
ASI Group
PABCO® Gypsum
AMBICO Limited
Pyrok, Inc.
Focal Point


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Originally published in Architectural Record
Originally published in July 2019


Modern Acoustic Solutions for Interior Environments
Buyer's Guide
Acoustic Products
AMBICO products take center stage at the Isabel Bader Center for the Performing Arts. This $63-million project required the architects to rely on AMBICO’s acoustic assemblies to block the sound from room to room. AMBICO designed and supplied nearly 100 wood and steel acoustic assemblies ranging from STC 40–59.
AMBICO Limited
Envirocoustic Wood Wool Corner Detail
Wood Wool is now a leader in the eco-friendly, high-performance, cost-effective acoustical-panel products category. Envirocoustic performs well by absorbing sound while thermally insulating; ecologically, acoustic wool is simple to produce; and panels are available in many size and color variations that can be designed to fit nearly any decor.
Seem® 1 Acoustic
Seem® 1 Acoustic, a linear luminaire and baffle system with an eco-friendly housing, delivers a noise reduction coefficient (NRC) of 1.05. The flexible system can be specified as an illuminated or unlit acoustic baffle to achieve the desired illumination and acoustic reverberation levels with a coordinated look.
STC 36 Sound-Rated Frameless Opening Glass Wall
NanaWall PrivaSEE is the only all-glass single-track sliding system specifically engineered for enhanced acoustical separation.
NanaWall Systems
QuietRock® Sound-Reducing Drywall
QuietRock® is the first gypsum product engineered to address airborne noise control in buildings. Professionals consistently choose QuietRock for its high acoustic performance, low installed cost, easy installation, thorough testing and reliability, and space-saving results. The standard in sound-reducing drywall, QuietRock has been installed in thousands of successful projects across the United States and Canada.
PABCO Gypsum
StarSilent System
The Pyrok StarSilent System is a smooth, seamless, durable, sound-absorbing plaster finish for walls and ceilings. This environmentally friendly system allows designers to utilize a seamless gypsum board look with high sound-absorbing qualities. For more information, call 914-777-7070 or email
Pyrok, Inc.
Sonar® + Plenum Barrier Board
Combine Rockfon’s Sonar® stone wool ceiling panels, suspension grid, and Plenum Barrier Board for a complete overhead system that optimizes both the acoustic absorption (high NRC 0.95) and privacy (STC 45–50) when interior partitions extend only up to the suspended ceiling.
Ensemble® Acoustical Drywall Ceiling
Design with excellent acoustic performance without compromising the smooth, seamless beauty of drywall. Breakthrough innovations across USG product technologies come together into one system to maximize sound control. With this unique system, designers can unlock new possibilities for what a ceiling can do, especially in high-end applications.