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.

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.

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.

ACGN26

Green Acoustics: Acoustics on Green/Sustainable Projects (HSW)

Green/sustainable practices are revolutionizing the design and construction industry, providing many benefits to the owners, occupants and the environment through smarter use of energy, water and material resources and improved indoor environmental conditions. In many ways, acoustics and sustainable design complement each other toward achieving higher quality results for projects; however, there are also ways that the two topics can significantly conflict. This presentation will discuss the potential synergies and conflicts within these two design objectives.

ACGN47

Green Design: Innovations and hidden opportunities (HSW)

This session presents an overview of various ways in which sustainable design can be applied to acoustics, audiovisual systems and information technology to extend Green Design concepts. For most architects, a LEED-centric building is the big picture objective, but extending ‘green techniques’ to ancillary components of the design can have a positive long-term impact and cost-savings for clients. Eco-friendly materials and automated power reduction techniques can be used to create spaces that are not only environmentally conscious but also highly functional.

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.