ITGN12

Audiovisual & Telecommunications Infrastructure: What You Need to Know

The course is designed to assist architects and design team members in assimilating the requirements for today’s AV and IT technologies into their projects, focusing at the planning stages. Topics covered include space planning for IT server and equipment rooms, AV control rooms, audiovisual equipment rooms, as well as infrastructure for supporting those systems. We will also review methodologies and best practices for integrating technology into specific spaces. During this portion we will discuss integrating things like video projectors, front (and rear) projection screens, video cameras, and loudspeakers into millwork enclosures and niches.

ACAV01

Worship Spaces Acoustic & Systems (HSW)

Whether it’s a historic landmark or a new structure, effective worship spaces can be “tuned” for speech, music, and now video usage. Learn how designs blending architectural acoustics considerations, sound systems, and multimedia systems together can enhance the environments and appeal of 21st-century worship spaces.

ACGN42

Music Venues in Found Spaces (HSW)

In older cities like Boston, many of the new performance venues are retrofits of existing buildings. Such buildings’ proportions and construction materials, standard for their own times and appropriate for their originally intended uses, may be limitations or features for contemporary performance facilities. This presentation will discuss the acoustical challenges and consideration when retrofitting an existing space for music performance or rehearsal.

NVGN18

A Vibration Primer for Architects

Vibrations in buildings are caused by many sources and may affect people and sensitive equipment. Learn what the jargon of vibration specifications and criteria means – how vibrations are described – and get some insight into how things vibrate and how vibration reductions can be achieved. Obtain an overview of vibration sources and check-list of design considerations.

ACGN34

Auralizations: A Useful Tool in the Decision-Making Process (HSW)

Learn how an auralization, or 3DListening®, illustrates the sound quality of a room and demonstrates the acoustical difference among treatment options. See and hear examples where auralizations helped the client decide which treatments were appropriate for their budget and needs. Case studies will include the Museum of Fine Arts, a renovated natatorium at Brandeis University, and the Xielo Restaurant.

ACGN28

Acoustic Challenges in Historic Theaters (HSW)

The presentation will focus on the practical lessons learned from two major historic renovation projects: Paramount Theater Center in Boston, and the New College Theater in Cambridge. Learn about challenges in designing for acoustic isolation between studios, performance spaces, a restaurant, and dormitories all packed into a dense, urban, and historic site at the Paramount Center, and strategies we used to overcome those challenges. We will also present lessons learned from the transformation of Harvard’s historic Hasty Pudding Theater into the New College Theater, where the design team totally reconstructed the theater and support spaces while retaining the building’s historic integrity.

NVGN19

Tiptoeing 101: Construction Near Sensitive Facilities (HSW)

The existence of construction and renovation projects in populated areas inevitably creates noise and vibration for both neighbors and occupants with sensitivities ranging from inconsequential to critical. With proper understanding, consideration, and communication, a project can ensure a smoother process and minimize obstacles to cost and scheduling. In this seminar, we will compare a variety of potential adjacent sensitivities, ranging from microscopes to murals to mice, as well as data centers and performance spaces. In doing so, we will look at some real-world examples from projects and actual approaches to mitigation. By using best practices, any project can hope to proceed agreeably instead of under possibly avoidable adversarial conditions.

NVGN08

Environmental Noise Control for Improved Quality of Life

For many of us, noise from airplanes, traffic, railroads, and rooftop mechanical equipment is a part of our daily lives. Keeping this noise out of living and workspace is becoming a higher priority. In the first half of this session we will use case studies from residential sound insulation programs as the basis for practical approaches to the design of building envelopes to control intrusive environmental noise. The second half of the seminar will focus on techniques to control noise from exterior mechanical equipment (chillers, cooling towers, fan units) that affect both the interior space of the building and the surrounding community.

ITGN20

Meeting the Code – NFAP Intelligibility of Large Scale Communication Systems

Acoustic and sound system design for large facilities is crucial in order to provide clear intelligible voice communications for a variety of acoustic spaces. Facilities like transportation terminals, healthcare facilities, arenas, casinos, and convention centers should know the difference between paging systems and mass communication systems, whether for new or retrofitted projects. With two important changes in 2013 to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) 72 National Fire Alarm and Code Book, facility managers need to understand why audibility is no longer enough. Intelligibility is the new standard. The new NFPA code recognizes the difference between designing for audibility and intelligibility, and goes further to set coverage standards for acoustically distinguishable spaces (ADS).

AVGN02

Physical Attributes of Successful Videoconferencing Rooms

Designing videoconferencing facilities is one of the most complex design challenges for architects today, similar in many ways to the complexity and scope of designing a hospital operating room. This program will help architects and project managers understand the structural and architectural ramifications of professionally designed videoconferencing venues. Topics covered include ideal room attributes, fundamentals of audio and video conferencing, text and graphic legibility standards, sightline and seating considerations, architectural acoustics and mechanical systems noise criteria.