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Acoustics for the Flexible Workplace

November 08, 2018
11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
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150 N. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60601


“Acoustics for the Flexible Workplace”

Office design is all about who has the largest office… wait. Office design is all about ergonomics… wait. Office design is 100% about sustainability...hmm. OK, office design is complicated, that’s no secret. But there is perhaps no element more discussed in the division and organization of office interiors than acoustics. The collision of generations, open planning, and the strong physiological response to acoustical input are driving decisions that affect productivity and employee wellness. Join Mike Rich of Maars Living Walls as he presents “Acoustics for the Flexible Workplace”.


  • The physics of sound. How does it work?
  • The interplay of sound and your environment.
  • Office acoustics and your wellbeing.
  • Office planning for acoustics. 


Mike Rich is the Regional Manager Midwest for Maars Living Walls. Maars is a Worldwide market leader in demountable office partitions seamlessly merging innovation, aesthetics and performance. Mike brings 15 years of experience in the office furniture industry with a specialty in demountable walls. He is responsible for a large market territory that includes numerous states and has completed major office projects throughout the US. As a longtime IFMA member and board chair, Mike has been awarded the IFMA Chicago Distinguished Leader Award (2018) and several IFMA “Wow” Awards. Mike leads “Unfolded”, a Ben Folds cover band and has a 6-year old daughter and soon-to-be step-son with his fiancé Aja.


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