How to achieve acoustic comfort in the contemporary office
Produced by GSA Public Buildings Service
This publication is dedicated to the unknown worker who, in response to a New York Times article, Beyond the Cubicle, by Allison Arieff, July 18, 2011, wrote the following internet comment:
"I currently work in a cubicle – my neighbors are a man in the midst of a divorce, a woman with a problem child, another woman with an elderly parent who should be in a care facility. The only cure for my personal hell would be a quiet room with a door. Perhaps my employer would then get his money’s worth from my workday… did I mention that I am across from the copier?"
This publication aims to show that there is a way out of this worker’s "personal hell"… but without a room, and without a door. As the Federal Government transitions to greater density and less private enclosure for economic and organizational reasons, acoustic performance will need to transition from a "side issue" to a "core issue."