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.

ACGN31

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.)

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.

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.

ACAV20

Acoustics and AV 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.

ACGN399

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.

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.

ACGN35

Help! There is a Sound Problem! (HSW)

Recent trends show developers and end-users modifying existing spaces to serve a shifting array of needs; often these decisions are driven by cost. Spaces suited for one purpose could be acoustically unsuitable for another. Achieving a suitably acceptable compromise can be very challenging in an existing building where structural limitations or other feasibility issues are apparent. This program reviews a number of case studies and will teach you how to calibrate, anticipate, and address expectations or potential issues to avert an ‘acoustical disaster’.