Author Topic: Quieting a "noisy" office  (Read 3253 times)

Lisa Saxton

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Quieting a "noisy" office
« on: June 30, 2004, 12:29:38 PM »
Our office space has cinder block walls, sheetrock ceiling with hanging 8' flourescent "shop" lights, concrete floor covered with commercial carpet.  It is approximately 700 sf, and is shared by 5 people.  Our problem is that it is hard to hear our clients on the telephone because the noise level gets very high with us all talking on the phone to clients, greeting UPS guys and job applicants, yadda yadda yadda.  We each sit at a "corner" computer desk that is 72" by 72" with the computer in corner.  We looked at buying cubicle walls to help with the sound "bouncing" around, but the expense really did not seem worth it for something that "might" work.  We own the building, so permanent improvements are OK.  We thought about trying to build our own cubicle walls out of something that would absorb sound.   Also, maybe putting something over the cinder-block walls??  The ceilings are low -- so putting in a dropped accoustical tile ceiling is out -- it would make it like the office in "being John Malcovich".   ;)   SO -- looking for ideas on best ideas to build cubicle-type walls, and for reducing voice conversations from bouncing around the room.