ACGN33

Where Musicians Hone Their Craft: Acoustical Designs of Practice and Rehearsal Rooms (HSW)

For every performance, musicians spend countless hours in rehearsal and individual practice. Because these rooms are teaching and learning spaces, they play as important a role in the musical discipline as the performance hall. Practice and rehearsal room acoustical design must provide clarity and intelligibility, comfort, hearing safety, and freedom from intrusive sounds. Learn about key design factors including room size and dimensions, arrangement of surface finishes, low background noise, and sound isolation to and from neighboring 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.

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.

ACGN43

Auralization: BIM For Your Ears (HSW)

Much like computer modeling allows for 3D renderings of a space’s appearance, we can also create 3D models of a space’s acoustics. Auralization is a technology that allows us to hear what a space will sound like before it is built or renovated, giving everyone on the design team a direct auditory experience of the impact of room shaping, surface finishes, and potential noise sources. Creating an auralization of a space can be used to prevent under- or over-designing acoustical treatments or sound isolation and avoid potentially costly fixes postconstruction. This seminar will introduce the auralization process and provide an opportunity for attendees to hear auralizations of projects where they were used as a critical part of the design process.

ACGN41

Basic Principles of Architectural Sound Isolation

This course will discuss the basic principles of airborne sound isolation as it applies to walls and floors of buildings.

ACGN40

Acoustics in Commercial Architecture: A Survey of Best Practices, Pitfalls, and Snake Oil (HSW)

Are you concerned that you may be under-designing or over-designing your project’s acoustics? Do you wonder if certain ‘acoustical’ products are a good value? Please join us for an accessible and candid discussion of fundamental acoustics design strategies for several of the most common building types. We will highlight architectural elements that warrant conservative acoustical design, and we will dispel some of the misunderstandings and marketing mystique that lead to overly expensive constructions.

ACGN39

Quiet Performance Spaces: Why Quiet Matters and how to Achieve it with Good Planning and Design

A quiet background is the clean canvas on which a musician or actor paints, and quiet room design is central to the architectural design of a performance space. This session will explore the function of quiet in a performance space and discuss the initial planning required to achieve it.

ACGN37

Acoustics for Large Spaces

This presentation will discuss the new acoustic challenges facing project teams regarding multi-functional needs of large spaces. We will focus on atria, where the use of these spaces has been redefined from a traditional pass-through space to include musical performances and lectures, creating new challenges for appropriate background sound levels and speech intelligibility. We will also discuss how these challenges are currently handled in other large spaces where the acoustic design may need to be modified to accommodate broader programming uses. Learn about general design practices via case studies of several performance atria.

NVGN20

Safe and Sound! Protecting your Facility with Remote Monitoring

Vibration monitoring services provide real-time analysis and feedback to construction teams, facility managers, and/or end users of highly sensitive projects at hospitals, universities, corporate research labs, manufacturing facilities, performance halls, recording studios, animal facilities, data centers, museums and even offices. Deployed at the project site, monitoring systems send tailored alarms or warning notifications by email and text if levels exceed location-specific thresholds, as well as stream data to a private central website for viewing by authorized personnel. The systems allow firms to appropriately monitor these types of facilities, whose requirements are beyond the capability of traditional seismographs (for building damage) and sound level meters (for code enforcement). Ultimately, the systems help to eliminate guesswork, inefficiencies and after-the-fact claims for the contractor, and give peace of mind to the facility who know someone is watching the line for their interests. Our brief presentation will give an overview of the systems, their use on projects, and the benefits and lessons learned through their use.