The new Integrated Science and Engineering Complex (ISEC) will help transform Northeastern’s research enterprise by providing state-of-the-art infrastructure, fostering collaboration across disciplines, and increasing the university’s capacity to hire top faculty and academic leaders. It houses wet, dry, and computational research facilities as well as interactive teaching and learning spaces.

The new ISEC building is located close to MBTA and Amtrak rail lines. Acentech measured vibrations at the building site to assess the rail’s potential impact to sensitive laboratories planned for the ISEC. Through this research, Acentech was able to predict the vibration environment in the future building due to the trains. This was accomplished with an empirical model developed from measurements at the building site and in the basement of a nearby building. The resulting analysis helped to guide the design of appropriate mitigation methods for areas of the building intended to house sensitive equipment.

Acentech also provided architectural acoustics and mechanical system noise and vibration control advice for this project. A major central plant room with large equipment is located directly under the auditorium, which required a large amount of sound isolating construction as well as vibration control. Our scope of service further included addressing acoustics in the a large central atrium, several classrooms, laboratories and offices. The project is expected to achieve LEED Gold certification.

Acentech has also provided remote monitoring of construction noise and vibration for Northeastern’s ISEC building throughout an ongoing renovation to a nearby public rail line. Learn more about remote monitoring here.

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