The Lunder Arts Center is the new home to Lesley University’s College of Art and Design. The 74,000 SF facility includes a screening room, studios, galleries, offices, and a variety of teaching spaces in a combination of newly constructed space and a renovated former church building. Acentech was hired to provide acoustics, audiovisual, and technology infrastructure consulting services.

Acentech provided acoustical consulting services to achieve enhanced room acoustics within the presentation and studio spaces, upgraded sound isolation between noise sensitive spaces, quiet background noise levels for enhanced listening conditions, and noise control within several studios, including animation, painting, digital, and photography. Of particular concern to the University was noise from the building to the surrounding community. To assist with this challenge, Acentech modeled the building in CADNA, and designed noise control strategies to meet the project’s goals.

Two spaces within the building received special attention from Acentech’s audiovisual designers. The video screening room, used for teaching, required a surround sound system, large projection screen, and speech reinforcement system. The large video wall in the lobby went through several changes during the design process, due to concerns about the budget and the different technology options available. Acentech’s flexibility during this process enabled the University to select a system that met the needs of the space, as well as the budget for the project.

Acentech’s technology consultants designed the building’s wired and wireless networks, beginning with a WiFi heat map to determine placement of access points.

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