BUILDING NOISE AND VIBRATION CONTROL
As designs and materials have
become “lighter” over the
years, commercial and residential construction has lost
“mass.” When you couple
this with the need to contain costs in the purchase of building
everything from ventilation fans to elevator motors – it
translates into more
internal noise being generated and transmitted in any building.
is a factor also, with sound from traffic, ultra-low frequency
aircraft and other sources raising interior noise levels even further.
Over the years, we have tackled many problems, from the design stage, through construction, and post-construction – to correct things that were overlooked, or try to ameliorate undesirable situations. Sometimes the solutions can be very simple. Here are a few of our many building noise control projects:
Case # 1
A doctor in
A report from ESA outlined the deficiencies and recommended changes so the landlord could take action.
Residential noise control is
becoming a major issue –
Case # 2
As they were planning to open the new facility, property managers at the NYS Performing Arts Center in Albany, NY (known as ‘The Egg’ ) found that sound from performances in various theatre venues was coming through the elevator shafts. Imagine being a speaker to a group in level three – while hearing a rock group rehearse in level 1.
ESA’s solution to the problem was to line the elevator shafts with readily available and inexpensive industrial wrapped fiberglass noise baffles – creating what we call an “acoustical tunnel” effect. The problem was solved.
Case # 3
Although we consider ourselves
to be “noise control
specialists,” we sometimes get called upon to be
“acousticians.” Such was the
case with the State University of New York in
This is where my music background came in handy. We spent the better part of a day observing and measuring reverberation levels in various rooms, and then developed specific recommendations that included just the right amount of room absorption and diffusers to tailor the room acoustics to the applications.
This is just one of many such projects at educational institutions throughout the country – from elementary school “cafetoriums” to college classrooms.
Case # 4
Remedial treatment of meeting and dining areas is a large portion of our business. Building designers often neglect or underestimate the need for sound control – or shortcuts are made during construction.
The residents of a country club
Acoustic treatment at Glen Eagle helps residents enjoy their dining experience
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