Archive for the ‘Soundproofing News’ Category

Soft Hospital Rooms Introduced in Ontario

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

At the Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital in Ontario, a new type of room has been developed. The “soft” room was designed with victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, human trafficking, and other types of abuse in mind.

The theory behind the soft room is that victims have to deal with quite a bit in the hospital in terms of the initial trauma, examination, and follow-up treatments. The last thing a victim needs is to follow the event and ER trip up with a trip to the local police precinct.

These special “soft” rooms are designed to be comfortable places for victims, many still in shock from the events they’ve experienced. The rooms are nicely furnished, warm, and soundproof, ensuring safety. While one investigator conducts an interview, another can record it in an adjoining room, reducing some of the stress of seeing recording equipment.

Having these rooms in the hospital does a couple of things. It ensures victims and witnesses are interviewed faster. They’re also not exposed to each other, which means they’re not contaminated. These room are also increasing the likelihood that the interviews will take place at all, as many victims change their minds about going to the precinct after leaving the hospital.

These rooms are part of an overall program, too. They are accompanied by nurses who are specially trained to deal with trauma and assault. They not only help with injuries, but can make sure victims have safety plans before they leave.

 

Criminals in Nursing Homes

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Here are some scary statistics to consider. In a study conducted by the Office of Inspector General it was found that more than 90% of the people hired to work in nursing homes throughout the country have criminal records.

We’re not just talking petty theft crimes, either. In a sampling of employees (just one small group of those surveyed), 34 of 164 had convictions. Those 34 individuals had a total of 102 convictions. They’d been convicted of property crimes, assault, drug charges, and other offenses.

Scary, isn’t it?

While nursing homes are required to check criminal records, there are no laws prohibiting them from hiring people with convictions.

We’re sure, however, that these numbers will cause administrators to stop on a dime and review their procedures. There likely isn’t enough soundproofing material in the world to dull the screaming in those conference rooms!

Hartfordshire Warner Brothers Studios Demolished

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

The scene at the Warner Brothers studio in Hartfordshire at first seems grim. At least seven different sets, including those used for Harry Potter and James Bond movies, are currently being demolished.

Why? The good news is that the studio isn’t closing. In fact, the group is working to strop ceilings and soundproofing material in order to make room for new sets to be built.¬† The hope is that they can keep the exterior building frames for some of the buildings can be recycled for use in other hit movies.

Nursing Home Sound Control Curtains

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

Well it seemed like a good idea although we do not know if it has been implemented in any nursing homes or hospitals yet. In this¬† nurse article it explains how Dr. Krishan Ahuja, Regents researcher and head of the acoustics and aerodynamics branch in the Georgia Tech Research Institute’s (GTRI) Aerospace & Transportation Laboratory, has designed a unique modular system of curtains that blends aesthetics with audio privacy. They would probally be able to use MLV in the sandwich. Although it is heavy Mass Loaded Vinyl can be obtained in weights of half pound per square foot. Now how about creating a portable sound barrier curtain that the nurses can use during their break!

Great News for Citizens in the LAX Area

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

Just last week, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors decided to approve a $1.4 million project in order to soundproof a series of homes and appartments near LAX. The proeject will include up to 70 residences that are located in the Lennox and Athens sections of the city. The homes will receive new window panels, heavy doors, and other great soundproofing materials designed to keep the noise of passing jetliners down to a dull roar.

The FAA is funding the project along with the Los Angeles World Airports group and a block grant. Win for the residents of the LAX area!

Roosevelt Elementary School to Receive Soundproofing

Friday, May 14th, 2010

The Roosevelt Elementary School in the Park Ridge neighborhood recently received great news. They’ve received about $4.5 million in federal funding to be used towards soundproofing and other renovations. They’ll receive new windows, a new boiler, and central air conditioning.

The school is taking great safety precautions, too. All workers on the project must be fingerprinted and undergo criminal background checks before they’ll be allowed on school grounds. Soundproofing won’t take the place of safety – that’s something we can respect.

Will Derby Receive European Funding?

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

The Derby city council has made an interesting request. They’ve applied for European funding in order to soundproof the Friar Gate Studios building. They opened the office building about 4 years ago in order to acomodate up and coming businesses while developing the area, but they have a problem. Neighbors are complaining about noise.

To soundproof the entire building would cost around 750,000 pounds – money Derby doesn’t have. They’re stuck in a difficult situation. No new tenants will move in until problems are corrected, and neigbors won’t stop complaining.

We can’t wait to see if their request for funding pans out.

The Scatz Nightclub Won’t Close

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

In a stunning agreement, the Wisconsin town of Middleton has struck a deal with the owners of the Scatz nightclub.

The problem? A nearby hotel – one without its own soundproofing – is having guests call in complaints when the nightclub becomes too noisy. The bar was, at one point, declared a chronic nuisance and, as a result, the club had to pay every time the police were called.

The club agreed to spend $85,000on additional soundproofing and hopefully all problems will be solved.

Who are the Kabul Dreams?

Monday, April 5th, 2010

It’s a strange name for a band, isn’t it? And the truth is that the Kabul Dreams, inspired by British indie bands, are from Kabul and are growing increasingly popular amongst both local Afghan youth and expacts.

The band members have been working together for just under a year, but in that time they’ve managed to earn a respectable young following. Their home sound studio needs a bit more soundproofing work (to keep outside sounds out more than their sounds in) but – if they keep at it – they may be able to move into a more professional space sooner than they think.

3M Enters the Aerospace Industry

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Believe it or not, 3M, the makers of Scotch Tape and a wide variety of other products, has just entered the aerospace industry.

The company will, in the 2nd quarter of this year, close a deal to buy out MTI PolyFab. MTI PolyFab specializes in creating thermal and acoustical insulation products used in airplanes.

That means 3M could possibly become a major contributor when it comes to soundproofing in the aerospace industry. We can’t wait to see how this plays out!