Princeton University’s Firestone Library was considered technically advanced when it was built in 1948. When the University was looking to update the building sixty years later, they turned to design architects Frederick Fischer and Partners and project architects Shepley Bulfinch, who have created an ambitious renovation plan for this $250 million, 400,000 SF space. Acentech provided consulting services to the project architect, Shepley Bulfinch.

Our acoustical consultants offered recommendations on room finishes to control reverberation, reduce the build-up of activity noise in public areas, and improve listening conditions in meeting rooms, group study rooms, and training rooms. Other areas of consultation included wall, floor, and ceiling constructions, door and interior window detail (to meet sound isolation goals), and mechanical system noise control treatments.

Acentech’s audiovisual consultants designed full AV systems for the entire project, which included meeting rooms, conference rooms, library training rooms, and rare books classrooms. All systems support both digital and legacy analog sources, with key systems also providing video conferencing and “bring-your-own-device” collaboration capabilities.

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