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College and University Acoustics

Architectural spaces for colleges and universities demand acoustics designed to enhance communications and the higher education experience. At Acoustics By Design, we consult with colleges and universities and their architects to design facility and room acoustics that create engaging campus environments—integrating new media and technology to augment faculty’s pedagogy and enrich the learning experience.

Acoustics By Design’s acoustical consultants have extensive experience with colleges and universities, developing acoustics solutions to enhance communications in education, research, laboratory, recreation, social, and congregate facilities. We understand acoustics and the importance of speech intelligibility, particularly in diverse settings where multiple languages and accents impact communications and where provisions for accommodating hearing impaired are essential.

We also understand the importance of classroom acoustics, which are directly correlated to student learning and comprehension, with studies suggesting deficient classroom acoustics effecting speech intelligibility and hearing as much as 25 percent. We help educators and architects improve classroom acoustics in existing facilities and design classroom acoustics in new facilities to meet ANSI S 12.60 classroom acoustics standards, which apply to all learning environments.

In the design phase, we use sophisticated acoustics design and modeling software to predict and analyze acoustics issues in both learning environments and other spaces. When a college or university facility is already built, we use state-of-the-art acoustical measurement technologies and predictive modeling to analyze existing acoustics and evaluate alternative remedies for acoustical issues.

Acoustics By Design also provides expert, independent consulting in the design of audio-visual, lighting, and technical systems and their integration into acoustical environments. We help optimize speech intelligibility and acoustics performance so that communications are delivered with acoustical clarity and brilliance—be it the concepts of quantum physics in the lecture hall, the drama of theatre in a performing arts center, or play-by-play excitement in a sports arena.

As independent consultants, we don’t represent any product manufacturers, suppliers, or other service providers. Accordingly, our college and university clients are assured our recommendations are free from bias and focused only on the best solutions for the issues at hand.

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Acoustics By Design’s services related to colleges and universities include:

  • Architectural acoustics design
  • College and university classroom acoustics design
  • Acoustical design for performing arts centers, recital halls, and theatres
  • Noise control
  • Multi-unit housing room noise isolation
  • Mechanical noise control and vibration isolation
  • Campus environmental impact studies
  • Audio-visual, lighting, and technical systems design

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