Choate Rosemary Hall is a private boarding school in Wallingford, CT, which lists President John F. Kennedy and Adlai Stevenson among its alumni. The Lanphier Center for Mathematics and Computer Science is a state-of-the-art, 25,000 SF facility, and is home to Choate Rosemary Hall’s programs in math, computer science, and robotics. Pelli Clarke Pelli brought Acentech on board to provide advice on sound isolation, room acoustics, and mechanical system noise and vibration control.
The Lanphier Center is composed of two classroom wings lined by a transparent glass connector, and includes classrooms, labs, offices, and congregating spaces for both the students and the faculty. Acentech collaborated with the design team in developing learning spaces that allow for more flexibility and also achieve best-practice acoustical designs. This included learning spaces without conventional acoustical finishes and loft-like classrooms with acoustical plaster ceilings. In the lecture halls, Acentech’s acoustical recommendations complemented the audiovisual design. The learning spaces are aesthetically designed and functional, setting an excellent model for the intended education program at the Lanphier Center.
The facility was designed for a LEED Gold rating under LEED for Schools 2009. Acentech assisted the design team in meeting IEQp3 and IEQc9, the acoustics prerequisite and credit. The materials and systems specified were chosen with sustainability in mind. The HVAC systems include low-velocity displacement ventilation, which provides fresh air with very little noise and energy use.
Acentech is proud to support the strong educational program at Choate Rosemary Hall.