AVHC01

Planning for the Future Seven Years Ago

On projects that span many years, coordination issues that impact the infrastructure, design, and various disciplines must be considered. This session presents a case study of a teaching hospital project, spanning seven years, with a focus on the evolution of the audiovisual system design. The course demonstrates the need for high levels of coordination to ensure the appropriate space planning and infrastructure are in place. This allows the audiovisual technology to change after construction is complete, without it appearing to have been an afterthought.

NVGN17

Construction Vibrations – Considerations for Nearby Sensitive Facilities

Vibrations produced by construction activity have the potential to disrupt sensitive activities in nearby facilities. This seminar, illustrated by case studies, discusses (a) criteria for sensitive equipment, (b) methods to predict the potential impact of construction-related vibration, and (c) specialized systems that can be used to monitor construction vibration inside sensitive facilities with real-time comparison to actual instrument criteria.

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.

NVGN16

Controlling Cogen and Chiller Plant Noise & Vibration in Educational Settings (HSW)

Educational facility expansion projects often include installing new or upgrading existing chiller and cogeneration power equipment. The noise and vibration produced by chiller and power plants can become issues within adjacent building spaces and in the nearby community. To address these issues in a cost-effective manner, they should be evaluated early-on in the overall project design phase, and as indicated, be resolved with the project team. We will outline the evaluation process, highlight cost-effective mitigation measures, and discuss several representative projects.

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.)

ACED05

Acoustical Design Requirements for Today’s Green Schools (HSW)

To provide a better learning environment for students, acoustics is a critical component when designing a green and healthy school. The most common standards for green and high performing schools are CHPS and LEED for Schools. This session will review the LEED and CHPS requirements for room acoustics, sound isolation and background sound levels in classrooms. We will also provide some examples of more specialized learning spaces where acoustical designs should go beyond the LEED and CHPS requirements to provide the right learning environment for students.

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.