Case Studies in Acoustic Performance
The Arlen Specter US Squash Center is a 65,000 square-foot-facility on the campus of Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
With the optics that social media and apps like Yelp have brought to the sharing of overall service and experience feedback, it is critical that restaurants take action and ensure that beyond high quality food, wine and ambiance, acoustics are a high priority consideration when designing the space.
As the Mansion ball room began to book up with events, Joe Carlone, proprietor, noticed that there was a noise problem. As events would go on and the night would progress, the noise level in the ballroom would increase. Joe reached out to Sound Seal in hopes that we could provide a solution to his problem.
After living with a gymnasium noise problem for a number of years, the school contacted Sound Seal in search of an answer to this acoustical issue that would fix their problem and keep them on budget.
The New York State Police Academy was originally constructed in 1967 with minimal concern around acoustic performance. The primary goal of this renovation was to use the full knowledge of acoustical design, materials and technology to create a space that users could enjoy for many years into the future.
Sound Seal's Industrial BBC product was used during the The University of Albany water tower rehabilitation project. The tower is located within the Podium of the Uptown campus is a central architectural element to the University Campus.
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).