Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business is a top-tier graduate and undergraduate business school, currently housed in Posner Hall. Following receipt of a $55 million gift from alumnus David Tepper himself, CMU decided to build a permanent home for their nationally ranked program. Designed by Moore Ruble Yudell Architects, the new facility will be the anchor of a new campus quadrangle.
To qualify for LEED Gold status, the 295,000 SF outfit includes classrooms, offices, an athletic facility, a technology-enhanced learning and entrepreneurial center, a 600-seat auditorium, dining facilities, and support spaces. Acentech was brought on board to provide acoustics consulting services for the entire project.
Acentech’s acoustics consultants are providing recommendations on room finishes and shaping, sound isolation constructions, and mechanical system noise and vibration control. Sound isolation to maintain the integrity of sensitive adjacencies, such as the auditorium, classrooms, offices, lounge, library and event spaces, is a high priority. Acentech has also noted the need for enhanced sound isolation is anticipated in areas requiring full frequency audio replication. To ensure the usability of these highly customized, technical spaces, Acentech created a 3DListening® model of this building. This predictive acoustical model allows key decision makers to hear what being in a conference room, the multi-level atrium, and a classroom will be like before creating this massive structure. CMU and Moor Ruble Yudell Architects are pursuing a LEED Gold status for this project.