Healthcare providers come to builders with an array of design needs and regulatory restrictions specific to their industry. Many of these address the sound of rooms where patients interact with professionals or where vibration can affect equipment like magnetic resonance imaging machines and advanced microscopes. A number of our past projects addressed these challenges, and our knowledge provides a resource for architects and structural engineers meeting the exacting criteria of the medical profession.
We’re well-versed in the industry standards that shape the aural environment in healthcare. Our engineers regularly work within the 2010 Facilities Guideline Institute criteria for noise and vibration in healthcare settings, as well as the acoustic criteria outlined in the Green Guide for Healthcare. We also know how to engineer acoustic privacy to help meet the regulations for medical records and information under HIPPA.
A Good Acoustical Environment Has Been Shown to Improve the Healing Process.
Hospital designers face the challenge of creating appropriate medical spaces in sites often characterized by space constraints and urban settings. Architects must anticipate the effects of footfalls, exterior traffic, mechanical systems and many other acoustic challenges. Phoenix Noise and Vibration helps them ensure building designs meet ISO and other standards for a range of clinical settings. Our engineers also provide the modeling and technical expertise to ensure vibration levels do not interfere with MRI equipment, surgical microscopes and other sensitive technology. The same goes for remodeling or remediation projects, where Phoenix can assess the feasibility of relocating sensitive instruments and offers design guidance to meet their specifications.