Tecnológico de Monterrey (TEC) is Mexico’s largest private university. It is a national leader in many areas of research, including biotech and engineering. Sasaki has developed a regeneration plan in order to transform the campus and encourage project-based learning and interdisciplinary collaboration. Three major components of this plan are a new library, a wellness center and a student union, known as Pavilion La Carretta. Acentech is providing acoustics and audiovisual consulting services for each of these facilities.
The new library includes classrooms, huddle spaces, small conference rooms, an auditorium, and a visualization lab. The visualization lab contains a 180°, immersive video display system, which will feature university-created content when deployed. The auditorium features a portable, segmented video wall, which can be used for standard presentations, or broken apart for exhibitions or other uses.
Strategic space planning has minimized adjacencies between noise sources and occupied spaces. Where this was unfeasible, sound isolating constructions were specified. The very open plan of the Library will severely curtail sound isolation between areas of the building. Sound absorptive treatments are employed throughout the building, in order to control the reverberation and build up of noise in the large open study areas.
The Pavilion La Carretta will include a outdoor café and an indoor flexible event and dining space. The event space will feature multiple projectors and screens that can be used for large group presentations, or breakout space presentations.
With the event space divisible into four smaller spaces, and its full glass walls, intelligibility and overall comfort are a significant challenge. The acoustical and architectural teams are working together to specify high performance operable walls, sound absorptive window treatments that compliment the interior design, and highly directional sound systems that aim to the audience without energizing excessively the rest of the space.
The Wellness Center includes an Olympic-sized pool, a boxing court, basketball court, multipurpose rooms, fitness room, a classroom with demonstration kitchen, and conference spaces. Acentech designed sound and video systems and digital signage throughout the facility, as well as competition cameras in the pool area, video conferencing system for the conference rooms, and ceiling cameras and video displays in the demonstration kitchen.
Challenging adjacencies such as the basketball court over office spaces, prompted our teams to perform custom research in the are of impact isolation from basketball, allowing us to perform informed recommendations for floor/ceiling constructions. These three facilities are scheduled to open by the fall of 2018.