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Sound influences our daily lives regardless of its intent. Advancements in the field of acoustics have led to a more comprehensive understanding of the relevance of this science to our world. Effective, collaborative efforts, along with thoughtful design strategies, can result in an environment that enhances our perception, and ultimately our performance.
Sound is an integral part of a harmonious environment — whether the concern is the delicate balance of depth and clarity in a performance space, general aural comfort of building occupants, the proper construction for speech intelligibility or speech privacy, creating a clean acoustic environment for sound and video recording, the impact of noise on nearby residential areas, or hearing conversation and protection for industrial workers.
The issues of sound involve every facet of the built environment, from personal space to the collective spaces of our communities. The acoustical environment, although intangible, is not invisible. Its character influences the spaces we inhabit. A thoughtfully-designed acoustical environment enhances our perception, and ultimately, our performance. That’s where we come in.
Architectural acoustics encompasses every aspect of a space, from its dimensions and shape, to wall, floor, and ceiling construction and finishes. Careful consideration of integrating these room components is necessary to realize an optimum aural environment for proper speech intelligibility and musical fidelity, as well as interior and exterior sound isolation from intrusive noises.
Responsible mechanical and electrical design should consider acoustics. Improper selection, layout or placement of mechanical, electrical, plumbing and laboratory equipment can have an adverse acoustical impact within a building. Properly planned background sound levels provide for a suitable listening environment for any size space. Studies have correlated noisy classrooms with low test scores. Young students especially are susceptible since they are still developing their hearing as they grow. Knowledge of the type of equipment and room size is vital in order to mitigate noise and vibration regardless of whether the noise is airborne or structureborne. Collaboration between all team members, including the contractor, is essential to developing the most cost-effective solutions that will achieve the user’s goals.
Recent population growth and urban sprawl have over taken many areas once thought to be rural. The conveniences that have come about with this expansion have narrowed the buffers between areas zoned for commercial and residential use. Demands from residents wanting to maintain their rural comfort have resulted in local governing bodies adopting stronger noise ordinance codes.
Properly identifying and interpreting applicable codes allows for an assessment of the acoustical impact of a new or existing project on neighboring communities. Thoughtful planning, collaboration, and understanding are necessary in order to design measures that reduce adverse impacts.
Care must be taken to ensure that workers are not exposed to sound levels produced from an industrial process in excess of OSHA limits. OSHA compliance surveys are extremely useful in verifying compliance. Effective internal and external mitigation methods can range from personnel scheduling to enclosures to equipment modifications.
Both a thorough understanding of the nature of the complaint, as well as the type and operational means to implement the proper instrumentation are needed to make an in-depth analysis for an effective examination. Successful remedies require sufficient experience – such as what you would receive from Newcomb & Boyd – to provide effective conclusions.
Computer modeling allows effective integration of acoustical and sound system analyses during the design process. Visual and synthesized aural portraits of sound are utilized in order to present a real-world understanding of the soundscape in spaces such as theatres, auditoria, lecture halls, religious facilities, courthouses, and open plan offices.
Newcomb & Boyd utilizes a Level 1 Sound Meter with real-time analyzer and logging capabilities to measure background noise, ambient sound levels, noise issues, and reverberation times. We are experienced with acoustical testing for sound isolation, impact isolation, speech privacy, and general noise control. All tests are performed in accordance with the most recent ANSI standards.
• Newcomb & Boyd is a member firm of the National Council of Acoustical Consultants (NCAC).
• Our Acoustical Consultants are members of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) and the Institute of Noise Control Engineers (INCE)
Architect: LS3P Associates Ltd.
Architectural acoustics for the renovation of a hotel restaurant into a Ruth’s Chris Steak House and Bar. Acoustical finishes are incorporated into the architectural and interior aesthetics to control reverberation and improve speech intelligibility. Additional acoustical panels are concealed as custom artwork to provide acoustical control while maintaining the energetic atmosphere.
Architect: Cooper Carry, Inc.
Associate Architect: Lake|Flato Architects
Mechanical and electrical systems noise and vibration control for Clough Commons, an education building comprised of a language resource center; 41 classrooms including two 300 seat classrooms; a writing and presentation skills center; an information commons; foundational science laboratories; as well as a learning center.
Mechanical and electrical systems noise and vibration control for the 350 seat Wells Fargo Auditorium located in the Knight Theatre. Additionally, architectural acoustics and noise control for the black box theatre. One component of the Levine Center for the Arts, the Knight Theatre also houses a 1,150 seat multipurpose theatre, and a food and beverage catering kitchen, and accommodates local art groups such as dance companies, the city youth orchestra, the chamber orchestra, and touring shows.
Architect: Sherman-Carter-Barnhart, PSC
Associate Architect: KPS Group, Inc.
Architectural acoustics for a five story federal office building and courthouse housing courtrooms, United States Marshal’s service, judges chambers, administrative offices, holding cells, a law library, public waiting and reception areas, and conference/training areas. Architectural acoustics include speech intelligibility and sound isolation of courtrooms, sound isolation of jury suites and secure areas, sound isolation of public waiting areas from other critical areas, speech privacy and sound isolation of judicial chambers, and sound masking for open office areas.
Architect: Sherman-Carter-Barnhart, PSC
Architectural acoustics, mechanical and electrical systems noise control, theatrical consulting, and television studio infrastructure for the Andrew S. Miller Center for Communication Arts, a media arts center including a 150 seat studio, a 200 seat black box theatre, a radio station, audio and video production and editing rooms, and multimedia classrooms.
Architect: Randall Stout Architects, Inc.
Associate Architect: RRMM Architects, PC
Architectural acoustics, room acoustics, sound isolation, and mechanical and electrical systems noise and vibration control for the Taubman Museum of Art complex. The main building includes a 150 seat auditorium, a 250 seat black box theatre, exhibit space, office space, a boardroom, and a cafe. The education center includes a lecture room and education studios.
Architect: Cooper Carry, Inc.
Room acoustics, sound isolation, and mechanical system noise control for the two story Wellness and Recreation center including a 2,500 seat arena, swimming pool, practice gymnasium, exercise areas, lobbies, offices, conference rooms, executive boardroom, and dining room.
Mechanical and electrical systems noise and vibration control for the eleven story Building 106, an office building with a Tier II data center, a free-standing 295,000 square foot parking deck for 940 vehicles, and supporting campus infrastructure for the National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry head- quarters. This building achieved LEED Gold certification.
presentation systems, videoconferencing, distance learning, media distribution, electronic signage,
space planning, audio systems, video systems, videoconferencing, acoustics, security, lighting,