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ACOUSTICS & MECHANICAL ENGINEERING: BETTER COORDINATION = BETTER OUTCOMES — by Greg Coudriet and Stephanie Lafontaine

The Sextant Group recently joined forces with NV5 Engineering & Technology, resulting in many good conversations with our new fellow engineers. For example, when designing new buildings or renovating existing spaces, how can one get best value from acoustics and mechanical systems?
Principal of Acoustics Greg Coudriet INCE Bd. Cert, LEED AP BD+C and HVAC Department Head Stephanie Lafontaine […]

No Acousticians Were Harmed — By Senior Consultant Julie Fischer LEED AP BD+C

In the nearly 15 years that I have been a consultant, there have been many projects to come across my desk — corporate offices, schools, high-end hotels and residences, museums, and unnamed government facilities. However, the strangest and most interesting was probably the Department of State Foreign Affairs Security Training Center (FASTC). This is where I learned that guns […]

July 8th, 2019|Acoustics, Knowledge|

Kelly Stumpf Promoted to Principal

National Technology Consulting Firm The Sextant Group has promoted Kelly Stumpf PMP to Principal Consultant. A lifelong Denver resident, Kelly has been with The Sextant Group since 2015. She has a strong background in acoustics and was recently honored by Engineering News Record with a Mountain Region “Top 20 Under 40” award for her accomplishments in […]

March 12th, 2019|Acoustics, News|

James Cottrell INCE Bd. Cert. Joins The Sextant Group’s Omaha Office

James Cottrell began his acoustics career in The Sextant Group’s corporate office in Pittsburgh and went on to work with the firm’s Colorado team.  A native Cornhusker, James has returned to Omaha to continue doing what he what he was born to do: acoustics.

Outstanding in his field, James brings his architectural acoustics, sound transmission, and noise/vibration control expertise to […]

January 29th, 2019|Acoustics, News|

Architectural Acoustics: 7 Common Myths and Pitfalls — by Principal Greg Coudriet

1. “Acoustics is Only Important in Performance Venues and Other Large Spaces”

Acoustics is commonly associated with studios, concert halls, and other large performance venues. While acoustics is a critical aspect of those spaces, acoustic environments also impact productivity, stress, mood, and health in the places where we work, live, and socialize. In fact, most people can quickly recall an […]

4 Ways Colleges are Upgrading Classroom Acoustics

University Business Magazine features The Sextant Group’s Principal Consultant, Greg Coudriet CTS, INCE Bd. Cert, LEED AP BD+C in their October issue. In the article, “4 Ways Colleges are Upgrading Classroom Acoustics,” writer Sherrie Negrea gives recommendations to administrators on how to improve acoustics and minimize ambient noise in all types of instructional spaces. Read the article […]

Hospital Acoustics: Critical Condition

by Greg Coudriet, CTS, INCE, LEED AP BD+C, Principal Consultant, The Sextant Group

The keynote at the most recent Healthcare Facilities Symposium and Expo in Chicago was singularly thought-provoking. Massachusetts General’s Chief Experience Officer Rick Evans, a CXO in charge of the entire patient experience across an entire healthcare system, focused virtually his entire presentation on the importance of controlling […]

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HEALTHCARE ACOUSTICS: A PRIMER FOR ARCHITECTS
Thursday, November 12th – 12PM-1PM
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The acoustic environment in a healthcare facility can profoundly impact patient outcomes. Noise is a source of stress for patients and visitors that inhibits rest and recovery. Likewise, noise is a source of stress for healthcare providers that compromises patient safety […]

Healthcare Acoustics: A Quieter, Gentler Approach

by Alexis Kurtz LEEP AP, Project Consultant / Acoustical Consultant, The Sextant Group

Numerous studies confirm that high noise levels in a healthcare setting can have negative implications on patients, staff and visitors. Noise causes sleep disturbances, which in turn have been shown to cause increases in blood pressure and heart rate for patients, as well as have adverse impact […]

Hear and Now: Avoid the Number One Complaint about LEED-certified Buildings

by Alexis Kurtz LEEP AP, Project Consultant / Acoustical Consultant, The Sextant Group

If you design a LEED® Gold building — one that’s built on a restored brownfield site, finished with reclaimed wood, recycled materials, and low VOC paint, one that recycles gray water, offers sufficient daylight and views, and of course, has plenty of bike racks, but is too […]