Syracuse University’s Newhouse Studio and Innovation Center is a cutting-edge facility that truly enhances the school’s internationally esteemed media program. Unveiled by none other than the top media mogul herself, Oprah Winfrey, the complex provides students with a state-of-the-art television studio, production control room, voice-over booths, an audio room, a newsroom, classroom spaces, and associated support spaces. Gensler recognized that such innovation didn’t stop at a beautiful building. The architecture firm sought out Acentech to craft an acoustical plan to amplify the institution’s modern environment.
While paying attention to various studio and learning spaces, Acentech zeroed in on the mechanical systems surrounded by some of the school’s most important television studios. Much of the ductwork had to pass through small preexisting holes within the structure, which had the potential to generate additional noise. Acoustics consultants worked closely with the design team to confirm that runout ducts were configured to provide sufficient attenuation.
Acentech delivered a successful acoustical design on time and under budget. As is necessary for acoustically-critical projects, Acentech continued to review the architectural and mechanical details until they were suitably designed and coordinated.
More than two years of design, construction, and collaboration have resulted in a beautiful institution that compliment the school’s already sterling reputation.