Acentech provided acoustics and audiovisual consulting to the architectural design team of Moore Ruble Yudell and Bruner|Cott Architects for the new 215,000 SF MIT Sloan School of Management. Understandably, MIT was particularly exacting about their needs for speech privacy at faculty offices, good hearing conditions for classrooms and case study rooms, and noise control in public corridors.
The building features a two-story atrium, tiered business case-study presentation rooms, break-out rooms, double height lounges and interactive gather spaces, dining facilities, and underground parking.
Acentech used a combination of acoustical models and 3DListening® examples so that the MIT Sloan School faculty and administrators could hear the proposed acoustical results during the design phase. Also, the installed mechanical system uses the latest energy saving design approach including both active and passive chilled beams. Acentech incorporated appropriate noise control techniques for these systems. The acoustics team evaluated intrusive noise from nearby Memorial Drive and the Red Line subway line as well.
Additionally, the school features a rich technology environment for the faculty, staff, and students. The building features a variety of classroom types—from flat-form to tiered to large teaching-in-the-round rooms—all including the latest audiovisual technology for multiple projection presentations and conferencing. The classrooms all have extended ceiling heights to support good student viewing angles and large display surfaces. The building also contains a large number of technology equipped study rooms that include various audio and videoconferencing capabilities. The center atrium is equipped with a sound system to support large gatherings and special events. The building makes extensive use of both wired and wireless technologies for voice, video, and data.
MIT’s Sloan School of Management is the recipient of several distinguished awards, including the 2011 Associated General Contractors of America Merit Award, the Associated General Contractors of Massachusetts Build New England Award, and the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) Mid-Atlantic Project Achievement Award. It is a LEED Gold Status building.