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The Art and Science Behind Acoustics and Privacy in the Workplace

Date: Wednesday, October 23, 2019 | Time: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm | The Catalyst Loft: 701 Pike St, Suite 2125 Seattle, WA 98101

Catalyst Workplace Activation Presents: Future of Work


Acoustics is of increasing importance in the built environment. Changes in workplace design to open and collaborative environments directly compete with the need to attract and retain talented employees who seek privacy and concentration to do their best work. The result of an effective acoustics solution is powerful[1]:

  • The ability of office workers to focus on their tasks is improved by 48%
  • Conversational distractions decrease by 51%
  • Physical symptoms of stress are reduced by 27%
  • Performance of standard tasks improve by 10%

Please join us October 23rd with two experts who have created and executed guidelines and acoustic solutions for our region’s top employers. Our speakers will share their knowledge of creating guidelines and strategies that balance the factors of flexibility, cost while implementing stakeholder communication, and change management.

This event is 90-minutes in length and includes a meal, presentation, and a panel discussion. Please RSVP below; the event is limited to 40 attendees. We look forward to seeing you.


Brook Nelson

Brook Nelson, Project Manager, OAC Services

Brook is a seasoned construction industry professional, skilled in managing fast-paced, and complex tech tenant improvement projects. Coupled with a background and appreciation for design, Brook's favorite role is advocating the importance of customer experience. Currently focused on systems optimization and increased utilization in a workplace strategy role, Brook firmly believes commitment, clear communication, and teamwork can solve the workplace's most complex problems. A master of asking open-ended questions that uncover scope ambiguities, she is constantly asking: How can we do it better? How can we be more efficient? How can we reduce waste and error? Brook spends her time outside of work remodeling her 1940's house. When not at home she enjoys: playing tennis, spending time with friends and family, and hiking with her dog. She's always on the lookout for the perfect mid-century modern piece.

Basel Jurdy

Basel Jurdy, Principal, Global Discipline Lead, Acoustics and Vibration, Stantec

Basel Jurdy has worked professionally in mechanical equipment noise and vibration control, architectural acoustics, and environmental noise assessment for more 28 years. He is responsible for acoustical design work in healthcare, education, performing arts centers, mixed-use building, libraries, specialized office environments, high technology, and industrial facilities. Basel is an internationally recognized expert on acoustical design and regularly speaks on the subject. He is a dynamic project leader and a natural mentor. Basel believes that acoustic design creates an auditory signature that marries architecture with function – invoking a sensory experience and emotional response that connects people to places.

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