ACHC01

Acoustics and Healthcare Facilities (HSW)

Effective designs for healthcare facilities include attention to acoustics. This session will be a survey of architectural acoustics and mechanical system noise and vibration concerns relating to healthcare facilities. Learn fundamental elements for addressing speech privacy, sound isolation, room finishes, and HVAC noise and vibration control. Topics will be organized by design phase to present a logical and cost effective approach.

ACED07

How to be a Good Neighbor: College Campuses and Community Noise

Neighbors to campus environments can be disturbed by sounds other than those produced by students. Whether from laboratory exhaust systems, the central plant or small air conditioning units, sounds from the campus mechanical equipment can be a sensitive issue for neighboring residences. We will cover a variety of different types of equipment and the approaches for suitable noise control to help support a positive town and gown relationship.

ACED05

Acoustical Design Requirements for Today’s Green Schools (HSW)

To provide a better learning environment for students, acoustics is a critical component when designing a green and healthy school. The most common standards for green and high performing schools are CHPS and LEED for Schools. This session will review the LEED and CHPS requirements for room acoustics, sound isolation and background sound levels in classrooms. We will also provide some examples of more specialized learning spaces where acoustical designs should go beyond the LEED and CHPS requirements to provide the right learning environment for students.

ACGN45

There Goes the Neighborhood! (or not) – Acoustical Considerations for Mixed-Use Developments (HSW)

Many urban centers are seeing an increased interest in mixed-use developments, which provide numerous advantages. However, these developments also pose significant noise control challenges, both within the buildings and in the surrounding neighborhoods. We will present select case studies demonstrating typical problems and possible solutions.

ACGN44

Office Speech Privacy: Design Vs. reality (with lessons learned in the field) (HSW)

Speech privacy is an important factor toward achieving productive workplaces. While the term ‘speech privacy’ can relate to the goal of confidentiality when having sensitive conversations, more frequently the topic is critical for creating conditions for staff to work productively with minimal distractions from the surrounding workplace activities. A discussion of the important factors that relate to effective speech privacy will be covered. Following this introduction, we will discuss how speech privacy is achieved in open and closed offices through appropriate design of workplace. We will also highlight lessons learned about the challenges to achieving speech privacy in newly constructed workspaces. This discussion will cover the important aspects of the office layouts (using either studs and drywall or modular panels), sound absorbing finishes and background sound.

ACGN43

Auralization: BIM For Your Ears (HSW)

Much like computer modeling allows for 3D renderings of a space’s appearance, we can also create 3D models of a space’s acoustics. Auralization is a technology that allows us to hear what a space will sound like before it is built or renovated, giving everyone on the design team a direct auditory experience of the impact of room shaping, surface finishes, and potential noise sources. Creating an auralization of a space can be used to prevent under- or over-designing acoustical treatments or sound isolation and avoid potentially costly fixes postconstruction. This seminar will introduce the auralization process and provide an opportunity for attendees to hear auralizations of projects where they were used as a critical part of the design process.

ACGN42

Music Venues in Found Spaces (HSW)

In older cities like Boston, many of the new performance venues are retrofits of existing buildings. Such buildings’ proportions and construction materials, standard for their own times and appropriate for their originally intended uses, may be limitations or features for contemporary performance facilities. This presentation will discuss the acoustical challenges and consideration when retrofitting an existing space for music performance or rehearsal.

ACGN41

Basic Principles of Architectural Sound Isolation

This course will discuss the basic principles of airborne sound isolation as it applies to walls and floors of buildings.

ACAV20

Acoustics and AV in Commercial Architecture: A Survey of Best Practices, Pitfalls, and Snake Oil (HSW)

Are you concerned that you may be under-designing or over-designing your project’s acoustics? Do you wonder if certain ‘acoustical’ products are a good value? Please join us for an accessible and candid discussion of fundamental acoustics design strategies for several of the most common building types. We will highlight architectural elements that warrant conservative acoustical design, and we will dispel some of the misunderstandings and marketing mystique that lead to overly expensive constructions.

ACGN39

Quiet Performance Spaces: Why Quiet Matters and how to Achieve it with Good Planning and Design

A quiet background is the clean canvas on which a musician or actor paints, and quiet room design is central to the architectural design of a performance space. This session will explore the function of quiet in a performance space and discuss the initial planning required to achieve it.