The average rentable square feet occupied per person has dropped as more companies offer an open work environments with break out rooms for meetings an personal calls. This has resulted in a new market for sound engineers trying to create the delicate balance of sound mitigation. Too many hard surfaces wont absorb sound so the engineers use technology to assist with this.
This is where a company like Acentech Inc. can help. A Cambridge acoustics consulting firm that was once part of the famed tech pioneer BBN Technologies, Acentech uses sophisticated computer-generated audio simulations called “auralizations” that make it possible to hear a building before workers ever break ground.
“Auralization is acoustic rendering,” said Matthew Azevedo, an Acentech engineer. “An architect would never tell a developer ‘Here’s the floor plan, just imagine what it’s going to look like.’ Well, we feel the same about acoustics.”
“Architects love these big, open spaces with lots of glass and exposed steel and all these wonderful hard surfaces,” Azevedo said. “Our job is to make it behave acoustically like a theater.”
You can read more about Acentech and acoustic engineering in Boston office development on the Boston Globe.