John Stein Stein: “Too many offices are suffering from privacy issues due to shared ‘benching’ and open desk configurations, and the result can be distraction from the work at hand.”

SOLANA BEACH, CA—Privacy and distraction in open offices, along with poor sound quality due to hard surfaces reflecting sound and causing cacophonous reverberation, are some of the issues that can be addressed through better design, John Stein, president of locally based Kirei—a provider of various acoustic treatment solutions—tells

While workplace wellness is a dominant theme in office design, amidst all the chatter of sit/stand desks, proper lighting and healthy food stocked in pantries, we sometimes forget to talk about acoustics. Problems from too much echo and a lack of privacy, to disruptive office chatter and poor division of space or flow are common in today’s open-office designs. Kirei turned to a panel of acoustic consultants to create an Official Guide to Office Acoustics.

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Carrie Rossenfeld

Carrie Rossenfeld is a reporter for the San Diego and Orange County markets on and a contributor to Real Estate Forum. She was a trade-magazine and newsletter editor in New York City before moving to Southern California to become a freelance writer and editor for magazines, books and websites. Rossenfeld has written extensively on topics including commercial real estate, running a medical practice, intellectual-property licensing and giftware. She has edited books about profiting from real estate and has ghostwritten a book about starting a home-based business.

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