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.

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.

ACGN27

Controlling the Acoustics of Large Atriums (HSW)

This presentation will start by explaining how the programmed uses of an atrium space affect decisions about the acoustical design. For atriums where speech intelligibility is important, the design variables of interior volume (in cubic feet), selection of sound absorbing finish materials, and appropriate sound system technology will be discussed. (Note: this auralization is available by attending this seminar in Acentech’s Cambridge Office. There may be special circumstances that can allow this auralization to be conducted at alternate facilities; however, this needs to be discussed prior to confirming such an event.)

ACAV03

Design and Planning for Sight and Sound Technologies

AV and IT technologies enhance the rooms people depend on for some of the most important conversations conducted in academic and professional environments. Learn how boardrooms, auditoria, classrooms, and videoconference facilities can function better with designs which harmonize the needs technology and aesthetics together. See examples where choices as simple as loudspeaker placement, screen size, sightlines, and IT considerations can turn ordinary gatherings into extraordinary experiences.

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.

MISC03

Disaster Recovery Incident Command: Real World Tips, Tricks and Traps

This session will help firms prepare for and manage business interruptions by providing detailed, practical information on what to do when disaster strikes. Firms of all sizes, including solo practitioners, are encouraged to bring their plans for review and discussion. We’ll cover ways to increase the effectiveness of recovery plans and decrease the time required to become operational again. Learn how the nature of the event will influence your staff’s priorities and tips to substantially improve your firm’s ability to prepare for the unexpected.

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.

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.