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: John T. Campo & Associates, Inc.
Associate Architect: PFVS Architects
Architectural acoustics for the West Hotel guest suites, parking garage and Powerhouse live music venue. Acoustical design and finish selection for the dining spaces in the main power plant hotel to limit reverberation time and enhance guest experiences.
Architect: Goodwyn Mills and Cawood, Inc.
Special technology systems for the high school to house practice and competition gymnasiums, tiered lecture classrooms with a high level of technology, and an 830 seat auditorium.
Architect: Lord Aeck Sargent
Acoustics, including architectural acoustics and sound isolation, for the renovation and upgrades to the historic Fox Theatre, including renovation of retail space to accommodate the Peachtree Lounge, addition of a Roof Garden and a Roof Terrace located above the arcade and the Peachtree Lounge, and modifications to improve accessibility, exiting, and vertical transportation.
Architect: Fugleberg Koch, PLLC
Sound isolation, reverberation time control, and control of the mechanical system background noise for the 300 key Dollywood DreamMore Resort featuring a conference center with ballrooms, meeting rooms, a boardroom, a celebrity suit, a full service restaurant with a performance stage, and much more.
Architect: LRK Inc.
Architectural acoustics, including reverberation control, for the multipurpose room at a three story Church Health Center facility.
Mechanical and electrical systems noise and vibration control, and sound isolation design for the non-exhibit areas of a three story center featuring 18,000 square feet of exhibit space, a state-of-the-art broadcast studio, and event space. The Center received LEED Gold certification.
Architect: Duda | Paine Architects, PA
Architectural acoustics and mechanical noise control for a corporate headquarters and amenity building. The building houses dining areas, a 6,000 square foot divisible room that serves as a conference room or banquet hall for 300 attendees, meeting spaces, private offices, a suite of executive offices, and open, flexible work areas. This project achieved LEED Silver certification.
Architect: Lord Aeck Sargent
Associate Architect: The Miller|Hull Partnership, LLC
Architectural acoustics to create an acoustical environment conducive to lecture, learning, group work, and communications for The Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design, a living-learning laboratory building. Acoustic isolation and absorption materials incorporated into reclaimed wood systems to provide sound isolation and reverberation control while featuring wood reclaimed from fallen trees on the campus. This facility will pursue Living Certification for the Living Building Challenge 3.1.
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.