Working collaboratively with architects at Utile Design, Acentech provided architectural acoustics and audiovisual consulting services to transform a former East Boston firehouse into a hopping youth musical facility. The acoustical design included strategically locating rooms for sound isolation; shaping and sizing rooms to optimize acoustics; and selecting materials, finishes and building systems that meet the acoustical goals of the building. Because the project was striving for LEED certification, we recommended materials for their sustainable, aesthetic and acoustical qualities.
Among the teaching and support spaces, the new ZUMIX facility features a performance hall, radio station, individual music practice rooms, and a recording studio with a live room, isolation booth, and control room.
ZUMIX received the 2011 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award which recognized ZUMIX as one of the top 12 youth arts and humanities after-school programs in the country. The project also achieved LEED Gold certification. Acentech provided a large portion of its services as an in-kind donation to support this organization and the important work that it does.
Users have said “[The studio] is the best small space that does not sound like a small space that we have ever made recordings in.”