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Webinar: Acoustics in Behavioral Health: A Case Study

When: July 29, 2021
Time: 10:00am Pacific
Price: FREE

1 unit EDAC continuing education
1 unit AIA continuing education
IDCEC credit also available*

CEU forms available for download during webinar


Acoustic design is important in any interior environment, but even more so in behavioral health settings. Research and clinical experience suggest that high noise levels can contribute to noncompliant patient behaviors, impede treatment and recovery, and increase staff stress.

This webinar will review two behavioral health units, one constructed with standard acoustical ceiling tile panels and one with a new acoustic gypsum wallboard ceiling assembly with noise reducing properties. This session will compare each facilities’ testing results along with security concerns, owner requirements, and possible design solutions for acoustical treatments in healthcare design.


Learning Objectives

  • Understand the importance of acoustics in the project design phase.
  • Identify common acoustic triggers in behavioral health settings.
  • Determine acoustic design cost impacts.
  • Consider safety concerns when specifying acoustical ceiling solutions.


Presenting Faculty

Jennifer Wilcynski, IIDA, NCIDQ, LEED-AP, EDAC 
Orcutt Winslow Partnership

Jennifer Wilcynski is an NCIDQ certified, LEED-AP and EDAC certified interior designer with over 19 years of creating exceptional experiences for patients, families and staff in healthcare spaces. As a Senior Associate of the firm, Jennifer leads Orcutt | Winslow’s Phoenix Healthcare Interiors department.  As a dedicated designer, she is passionate about evidence-based design and research, and firmly believes that the built environment has the power to positively affect the healing process.  She uses EBD to support her design decisions and enhance her client’s understanding of possible solutions for best patient outcomes. 

Tony Sola, INCE, ASA 
Acoustical Consulting Services

Tony Sola has worked as an acoustical consultant for almost 30 years.  As the Principal/Owner of Acoustical Consulting Services, he has worked on more than 4,000 projects, including design phase consulting, code verification, acoustical testing, expert testimony, and consulting for municipalities, architects and builders.  Mr. Sola is a full member of the Institute of Noise Control Engineering and the Acoustical Society of America. His company is also a national member of United States Green Building Council (USGBC).

In addition to his work for ACS, Mr. Sola has taught architectural acoustics to interior designers and architects at Arizona State University over the past 20 years, and guest-lectured and taught at other schools and universities. He has developed/presented numerous acoustic and sustainable design lectures certified for continuing education by AIA, GBCI and IDCEC.   

Kady Schane, MHA, MSN, BSN, RN 
Vice President, Clinical Services – Behavioral Health Services 
Horizon Health

Kathryn Schane, DNP MHA, MSN, BSN, RN, serves as Vice President of Clinical Services with Horizon Health, and supports multiple contracted psychiatric programs throughout the United States. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Cedar Crest College in Pennsylvania; a Master of Nursing Education and a Master of HealthCare Administration from Kaplan University in Iowa; and recently received a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Purdue University. Kathryn has worked for Horizon Health in various roles including staff nurse, nurse manager, and program director, serving behavioral health units throughout the country. She resides in Pennsylvania with her family, and enjoys family time, running, and outdoor activities.