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Still standing. Now at home too.

Still standing. Now at home too.
Posted on   October 16, 2014 2:52 am by  Shaun Mannix  No Comments

One day I started standing at work. I’m not sure why, but it seemed like a good thing to do so I found a nice standing desk and replaced my old desk and chair. Since it’s been about 12 years and I’m still standing, I guess it’s worked well.

Among other things, you use more muscles to stand and continually are making micro movements to stay upright. This turns out to be beneficial for both your physical and mental health. Even better, it shortens the length of time people want to be in your office. They get to stand too. Unless we need to sit.

I’m Shaun Mannix, President of Transwall; designer, manufacturer, and installer of high performance walls and related office products. I’ve been in the wall segment of the contract interiors business since 1998.Transwall was founded in 1963. We just launched several new products and a wonderful new website. I decided the new website gives me the chance to do something I’ve always wanted to do: share my thoughts on the good, the bad, the interesting, and the bizarre in the world of walls and office design, construction, and outfitting.

I’ve been thinking about walls, and ceilings and doors, for some time. Proper, timely, and quality design and construction lead to your getting maximum utility from your space and having an exceptional experience. Lousy design, missed deadlines, and poor quality…not so good.

Back when I was a kid, about the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis, mom insisted dad build a fallout shelter in our basement. Dutifully, dad got started.

As Khrushchev blinked and the crisis ended, dad still had not completed the project. It was a great shelter although lacking a roof and door it was a bit useless against nuclear attack.

This experience still resonates with me when I walk through our operation and think about commercial construction. All the pieces need to come together from initial design through completing the final punch list.

It’s all about creating an exceptional client experience through anticipating the issues, responding to the needs, and executing precisely. It’s not enough to have excellent design or quality manufacturing or timely construction. All the parts need to come together precisely and delight the client. It’s all about every single person involved in the process being passionate about the product and process, while creating an exceptional client experience.

I look forward to sharing thoughts every few weeks and hope you comment on the musings and miscellaneous ramblings. I’d like to have a dialogue with you about all things wall and ways to improve the experience for all of us.

One last thing. About that standing desk. President Kennedy stood at work due to a bad back. Standing felt better and strengthened his back. My back feels fine and I’ve never aspired to be a Kennedy. But he is good company to stand with.

ACOUSTICAP REDUCES NOISE BY 33 PERCENT OR MORE

Posted on   June 9, 2014 3:47 pm by  admin  No Comments

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Shaun Mannix                                  Steve Friedberg

Transwall                                           MMI Communications

484.887.7133                                     610.518.7474

smannix@transwall.com                steve@mmicomm.com

TEST RESULTS PROVE THAT ACOUSTICAP REDUCES OFFICE-TO-OFFICE NOISE BY 33 PERCENT OR MORE

AcoustiCAP proven to lower noise level, utilizing technology initially developed by the Federal government

CHICAGO, June 9, 2014 — Test results being announced today provide hope for office workers who are constantly bombarded by ambient noise from adjoining cubicles or offices. The results deliver proof of a low-cost way to dramatically reduce the amount of that noise, enabling them to work more effectively and more securely.

The announcement was made at NeoCon, North America’s largest design exposition and conference.

The constant noise level in offices is taking a toll on workers. Studies indicate that office noise disrupts concentration, decreases productivity and increases stress, according to a Harvard Business Review article. Confidentiality is also an issue in offices where private conversations can be overheard. Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, found that people are significantly more dissatisfied with the lack of speech privacy than noise level.

The tests, conducted by NGC Testing Services, show that offices outfitted with AcoustiCAP™ devices demonstrated a reduction of 33 percent in high-frequency office-to-office ambient noise, compared with offices that did not have the devices installed. That is especially important at companies where privacy is a prime concern. The NGC tests revealed that AcoustiCAPs, placed on top of standard 24” x 24” return air grilles in an office setting, reduced the sound transfer rating (CAC) of medium-frequency noise, or normal speaking range, from one office to another by more than 31 percent. The CAC increased even more, by one-third, when two feet of sound blankets were installed on either side of the common demising wall in addition to the AcoustiCAP.

AcoustiCAP is designed to allow for maximum airflow, while providing sound absorption and attenuation to prevent noise to travel above the ceiling. The devices are installed perpendicular to each other so sound does not have a direct route from one vent to another. “By significantly cutting the ambient intra-office noise level, it enables people to concentrate on their work, and get more done,” said Shaun Mannix, principal at Transwall, which markets and sells AcoustiCAP throughout the United States.

AcoustiCAP technology is the result of a Federal Government research project, which sought to reduce the ambient, unwanted speech traveling from office to office in government facilities. It’s a problem, however, that increasingly is faced by companies of all sizes nationwide; sound travels between offices, sneaking through the smallest openings.  With office workers spending a majority of their time doing solo work that requires concentration, the need for quiet has increased, especially with the proliferation in desk/benching systems and lower workstation panels.

AcoustiCAP devices are also easy to install, with no itch or skin irritation or formaldehyde. They also offer a Class A fire rating, and resist microbial growth. More information about the NGC test results and about AcoustiCAP is available from the company’s website, www.acousticap.net.

About Transwall

Founded in 1963 and based in suburban Philadelphia, Transwall is a developer and manufacturer of moveable floor-to-ceiling and architectural wall systems. Transwall offers a broad array of product and solutions, including movable architectural walls, glass wall systems, sound management and office cubicle systems.

Clients include architects, designers, contractors, builders, business owners, General Services Administration (GSA) and government agencies. Transwall solutions have been installed at the Pentagon in Washington, Morgan Stanley’s offices in New York, and TD Ameritrade’s headquarters in Omaha. More information is available at www.transwall.com.

Industry Veteran Marc Valois Named Equity Partner at Transwall

Posted on   May 19, 2014 5:25 pm by  Shaun Mannix  No Comments

WEST CHESTER, Pa., May 19, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Transwall, a pioneer and leader in movable and architectural wall systems, today announced the promotion of Marc Valois to principal and equity partner. Valois, who has served as Transwall’s vice president and sales manager since joining the firm in 2006, has led the company’s successful expansion into markets throughout the northeastern United States. Valois becomes the fourth active investor in the company.

Valois has more than 30 years’ experience in general management, sales and marketing management. Prior to joining Transwall, Valois worked in executive roles at Polo Ralph Lauren Home and SVC Corporation, after serving at Kimball International’s Office Furniture Group for nearly 20 years, rising to the position of Vice President and Northeast Sales Manager. He earned an associate’s degree from the New England School of Photography in 1976, and served on the Board of Directors, Designer Saturday, from 1989 to 1991.

“Marc’s vast experience and industry connections, along with our innovative products, have helped us to quickly become established as a recognized leader in our targeted markets,” said Shaun Mannix, Transwall president and principal. “As a principal, Marc will play an increased role in helping Transwall continue to meet the evolving requirements of our clients, even as we continue our expansion into new markets.”

Since Transwall’s founders bought the company back from a corporate owner several years ago, the privately-held firm has seen a significant increase in business, as growing numbers of architects and designers are seeking assistance in incorporating movable walls and products in their designs, with LEED compliance a key factor in their adoption. In addition to improved resource conservation, and healthier working environments, LEED-compliant interiors also deliver lower operating costs, increased asset value and may be eligible for money-saving tax rebates.

“More companies than ever are insisting on movable wall systems in their offices, plants and warehouses because they want products that are functional, reliable, reusable, and energy-efficient,” Valois said. “Transwall has been meeting their needs for decades. I look forward to continue working with Transwall’s talented team to develop products and solutions that enable businesses to maximize their space today, while providing them with the flexibility to adapt as their needs change over time.”

About Transwall

Founded in 1963 and based in suburban Philadelphia, Transwall is a developer and manufacturer of moveable floor-to-ceiling and architectural wall systems. Transwall offers a broad array of product and solutions, including movable architectural walls, glass wall systems, sound management and office cubicle systems.

Clients include architects, designers, contractors, builders, business owners, General Services Administration (GSA) and government agencies. Transwall solutions have been installed at the Pentagon in Washington, Morgan Stanley’s offices in New York, and TD Ameritrade’s headquarters in Omaha. More information is available at www.transwall.com.

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