The problem with noisey command centers

A command center, nerve center or war room is primarily a communications facility where audio, video and digital communication is relayed and analyzed by military staffers who evaluate and correlate various pieces of information to discern the level at which a concern should be elevated. The deluge of incoming data must be accurately disseminated in order of importance, relevance and priority to ensure that expedited decisions are made in a timely manner. Command specialists have the responsibility of maintaining clear communication between military units and joint task forces. In these highly stressful and demanding mission-critical scenarios, seeing and hearing with precision and accuracy is essential. There is no room for error. In such a highly charged atmosphere, a near-perfect sounding room is as essential as maintaining security and secrecy. It is well documented that sound reflecting off hard surfaces such as gypsum walls and ceiling, tiled floor and glass video monitors and windows makes it more difficult for the brain to discern messages that are important, while ignoring the ambient noise that is not. This not only makes it a more stressful place to work, but after long exhausting hours, this opens the door to errors in judgement which could lead to disaster.  Just as important, protecting the sensitive information in high security zones from leaking into other offices or corridors must be addressed.

How can Primacoustic help you?

When attempting to control the sound produced by the human voice, there are a two primary concerns: The first is controlling the noise within the room. The second is preventing the sounds from escaping.  Excessive reverb or echo in a very animated space makes communication difficult to understand and articulate. The solution is straight forward: Cover 20% to 30% of the available wall space with 2” (5cm) thick Primacoustic Broadway™ panels. These are made from high-density 6lb per cubic foot glass wool and are extremely effective at absorbing sound energy in the voice range and below. Placement is not critical. These will immediately improve intelligibility while also absorbing residual noise from equipment such as fans, ventilation systems and people. Should wall space be limited, alternative options include suspending Paintable Clouds™ or Saturna™ baffles from the ceiling. In rooms with T-Bar ceilings, sound passes through the air in the plenum and escapes into other rooms. Common acoustical low-density ceiling tiles are ill-equipped to stop sound. Primacoustic ThunderTiles™ combine the sound absorption characteristics of high-density glass wool with the benefits of added mass with a gypsum backed board. Both are fused into a single easy to manage replacement tile that fits in all standard T-bar systems. The minute wool fibers absorb acoustic energy inside the room while the mass of the gypsum board blocks sound from either entering or escaping through the plenum. This delivers excellent attenuation within the room while effectively blocking all security conscious discussion from leaving the room.  Combining Broadway panels on the walls with ThunderTiles in the ceiling delivers remarkable results: The excessive reverberant field is abated and the heavy ceiling tiles stop sound from both entering and escaping.  This results in less noise, less stress and less human error.

Executive Summary

  • Better speech intelligibility allows articulated, detailed and clear instructions
  • Reduces ear fatigue and creates a more comfortable working environment
  • Lowers stress levels, reducing human error after long exhaustive hours
  • Provides security and prevents sound energy from bleeding into other rooms
  • Easy to install and needs no servicing or maintenance