Shen Milsom & Wilke provided acoustical consulting expertise for Wolters Kluwer’s new headquarters. Wolters Kluwer is a global provider of subject matter expertise and a trusted advisor to business and enterprise clients in finance, technology and healthcare. The client moved their headquarters to four floors in a new building after occupying a different office for many years.
This fit-out space included private executive offices, open plan work areas, collaborative workspace, conference rooms, training rooms, pantries, copy/print centers, a data center, call center, and other support areas.
For this project, Wolters Kluwer expressed the need for sensitivity to noise, sound isolation, high quality audio, and office privacy. SM&W provided guidance for partition types including office front system to emphasize acoustic performance. Swing doors were specified for meeting spaces while sliding doors were used in offices. The design also incorporated open ceiling and main ductwork in the workplan. SM&W coordinated with the mechanical engineer to locate noise producing equipment to avoid impacting staff and specified sound attenuators for supplemental units serving the most critical conference spaces and Boardroom.
Once completed in 2019, field testing was conducted to ensure that the contractor adjusted doors and seals to maximize acoustic benefits.