Several employees complain about how well sound travels down the hallways in a newly constructed, two story office building.
The hallways form a 60' x 30' figure-8: stairs v 60' =-+----+----+ = | | | 30' = +----+----+
The walls and ceiling are drywall. The floor is 1' tiles.
- The printer 60' feet away sounds like it's right outside my office.
- I can clearly hear conversations on the other corner of the building.
- I could hear you talking downstairs from the far end of the building.
- Anyone walking down the hallway sounds like they are right outside my door.
- Everyone can hear the water cooler chats.
What would be the most cost-effective methods to reduce the hallway noise?
We are considering decorative acoustic tiles and rug runners. If this is a cost-effective solution, how do we determine how much of the walls and floors to cover?