Before building a new home for their business and communications programs, Sacred Heart University knew they needed to create a cutting-edge facility to meet the needs of its current, and future, students. With Sasaki, they developed the Frank and Marisa Martire Business and Communications Center. A namesake of a philanthropically-minded graduate of the school, this 120,000 SF facility gives SHU’s faculty and students a place to research, learn, and grow. Acentech provided AV system and architectural acoustics consulting services during each phase of the project.

Innovative, yet practical, technical services for the Martire Business and Communications Center aim to prepare students for the demands of an increasingly competitive job market. For those pursuing a degree in business, Acentech provided recommendations for an active trading room complete with three 80-inch LCD screens, 30 workstations, 13 Bloomberg terminals, and an LCD ticker displaying real-time data from the NASDAQ and NYSE. For those looking to dip their toe into the world of communications, Acentech helped to design two large studios for television, video, and film production, industry-standard post-production facilities, screening venues, an NPR-affiliated radio station, and a motion capture lab. The Center’s satellite-equipped classrooms for videoconferencing with SHU’s European campus in Luxembourg also came to life with Acentech’s AV services. Preparing for the future of both business and communications industries meant that each system needed to be user-friendly, easily upgradable, and reliable. Acentech was proud to provide creative, thoughtful solutions for this new hub of innovation.

Learning within this state-of-the-art environment is impossible if students, faculty, and staff cannot hear one another. That’s why Acentech’s multi-faceted team was happy to provide architectural acoustics consulting in addition to AV work. A truly impressive structure, the Martire Business and Communications Center has an expansive two-story atrium, countless classrooms, conference rooms, and faculty offices. Room acoustics, sound isolation, and mechanical system noise and vibration control were a priority not only to ensure privacy but also to guarantee projects conceived in the building were of the highest possible quality.

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