Design for Architectural Spaces

Architectural acoustics embraces all aspects of acoustical design for all types of architectural spaces, in order to optimize environments for many functions, including business, recreation, learning, worship, communication, broadcasting and entertainment.

Creating Optimum Listening Environments…

  • Recording studios and broadcast facilities
  • Convention, hotel and restaurant spaces
  • Justice facilities, public meeting rooms
  • Concert halls, theaters, auditoriums
  • School classrooms and lecture halls
  • Religious meeting spaces
  • Boardrooms and offices
  • Sports facilities

By providing services in…

  • Room acoustics, including shaping, sizing, structures, and finishes
  • Assessment and evaluation
  • Impact noise isolation
  • Sound isolation

Case Study: Foley Stage Says “Cut” to Local Sidewalk

Of all environments for recording and broadcast, Foley Stages (used to dub sound effects for television and film) probably have the most demanding requirements for background noise levels. A Foley studio, located in a major urban environment, was experiencing a severe traffic-related noise and vibration problem. After several non-qualified ‘experts’ advised that a $3,000,000 relocation was the only option, the owners contacted an NCAC member firm. Careful inspection of the building, along with simple listening, sound and vibration tests, revealed that the sidewalk was tied directly to the slab and inner walls of the studio. Local traffic was sending vibrations directly through the sidewalk and into the building.

The solution:

Cut the sidewalk completely free from the building and offer to pay the city to make repairs to the street. For just a few thousand dollars, instead of three million, this problem was completely solved.