Sound Seal Case Studies
W1 building is a 100+ year old building on the MIT campus in Cambridge MA used for student and staff housing. The building has recently been renovated starting with the old interior being completely gutted from top to bottom. Due to the age of the building, the condition of the structural floor/ceiling assembly, the amount of intense floor preparation and the need for a structure-born noise acoustical underlayment system, Jumpax was the perfect fit.
In every school, HVAC and mechanical systems can create noise issues. The HVAC equipment itself along with the sound of moving air generate noise. Lightweight galvanized HVAC duct and PVC pipe do not block a lot of sound and can disturb the people, in this case students, around it.
Phoenixʼs Sky Harbor airport is no different. It has grown from a regional airport to the fifth busiest airport in the world. That growth has spurred major construction including the addition of Terminal 4, which houses eight concourses in approximately 185,000 square feet.
Les Wagner, owner of Wagner Millwork, Inc., in Owego, New York, didn’t have to imagine anything; his compact, efficient sawmill cuts and planes hardwood from raw logs for the furniture industry. After renovating the building, he found that the new walls and ceilings contributed to a significant increase in noise levels.
Kevin’s concern was that the higher noise levels generated by the new Carrier chiller would disturb visitors in the display viewing area. He was also worried that he would lose the effective use of the remaining workshop space--more than 400 square feet. Another consideration was the heat generated by the unit itself.
One sensitive issue of such a significant project is how construction noise will impact local businesses and residences. Quincy Marketplace, a unique, open-air collection of restaurants, shops and offices, is located adjacent to a section of the project requiring working underneath an overhead highway, while a densely populated residential area is located on the opposite side.
Like other manufacturers, this plastics producer has a certain amount of waste inherit in the making of a product. Fortunately, they are able to recycle waste. Waste is loaded into a granulator which grinds the plastic into tiny pellets. Eventually these pellets are reused in a finished product. The problem was that no employee wanted to go near the granulator. It was the loudest machine on the shop floor peaking at 110 dB (A).
Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s mainline compressor station 254 is in the small town of Nassau, New York, located just South of Albany. The station houses five 1400 horsepower compressors. These compressors make it possible for natural gas to flow to thousands of homes throughout New York and New England.
A New York City based contractor reached out to Sound Seal with the complex and complicated opportunity to solve the noise concerns surrounding this project. The solution proposed had to be lightweight but also carry high acoustical ratings and a Class A flammability rating.