Instructor: Bonnie Prinse
Credit Hours: 1.00

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Course Description


Based on a publication produced by the GSA Center for Workplace Strategy, this course provides best practices addressing the question, "What is acoustical comfort?" The one hour course identifies ways of reducing distractions and enabling speech privacy without impairing the benefits of interaction. This can be accomplished with better planning, application of basic acoustic principles and techniques, use of technologies that aid movement to spaces most conductive to current needs, and ways to enhance adaptation to new spaces through behavioral and policy changes. Sound Matters describes ways to ensure that office workers will have the privacy and acoustical comfort they need to be effective. It summarizes solutions developed during an intensive two-day workshop sponsored by the PBS Center for Workspace.



Course Objectives


Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • identify the ten steps to achieving acoustic comfort in the contemporary office
  • provide design teams with acoustic know-how that can be readily incorporated into office planning
  • integrate details and examples of how to improve acoustical comfort in today’s office
  • implement a systems approach which is useful when coordinating planning, design, specification, and construction of acoustical conditions.


Instructor Bio


Ms. Prinse holds a BS Degree in Environmental Studies from Eckerd College and has pursued master degree studies in Aquatic Zoology at the University of South Florida. She has written scientific portions of impact statements for wetland/upland land delineation, endangered species studies, and water quality testing while employed with a civil engineering and architectural firm in Tampa, FL. Her experience in environmental studies and new construction lend itself to documentary film making, particularly environmental stories that have taken her to the Amazon in Peru and to Costa Rica. Most recently her involvement with earthen construction projects led to a video production showcasing the benefits of building “green.”



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American Institute of Architects (AIA): J607OCC02