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Video Blog | Grand Rapids Art Museum | Project Profile

by Acoustics By Design on January 27, 2010

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The Grand Rapids Art Museum has the honor of being the world’s first LEED Certified art museum. Achieving the LEED Gold level of certification means it’s designed with state of the art energy efficiency and environmental awareness. Low water use, natural day-lighting, and optimized acoustics give the building longevity and sustainability.

Acoustics By Design provided acoustical engineering and audio-visual systems design for the galleries and the auditorium. We worked closely with Design Plus, the Grand Rapids Art Museum, and wHY Architecture out of Los Angeles to seamlessly integrate the acoustical materials into the restrained minimalistic architecture.

The museum has a lot of concrete and reflective surfaces, so it was full of acoustical challenges. One of the solutions was a European product called BASWAphon, which looks like drywall, but is really a sound absorbing material.

Another challenge was the auditorium, which was designed to host everything from live music and film festivals to banquets and presentations. Our audio-visual designers developed a technical system that was flexible enough for the multiple uses, yet user-friendly enough for the museum staff to operate with ease.

As an independent acoustical consulting firm, our job is to represent the needs of the client throughout the entire project, ensuring that when everything is said and done, they end up with a fantastic sounding and looking space, and by all accounts, the Grand Rapids Art Museum is just that.

All media © 2010, Acoustics By Design, Inc. Read the full description and learn about the project team here.

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Acoustics By Design consultants provide acoustical consulting services to architects, engineers, facility directors, municipalities, and building owners. Our team includes acoustical consultants, acoustical engineers, noise consultants, and vibration consultants. Our firm also includes an integrated team of audio-visual consultants who design audio, video, theatrical lighting, and technical systems and integrate them with the native acoustical environment.

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Richard J. Reiffer January 29, 2010 at 10:01 am

Very nice presentation. This helps me understand more of what your organization provides. Thanks

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