Projects : by Service : Acoustics


SM&W’s Acoustical consulting services address a variety of acoustical, noise, and vibration issues and can provide designs to optimize the acoustics of spaces. Some include:

Architectural Acoustics

SM&W works closely with the project design team to establish design goals and schemes for acoustical separation (vertical, horizontal and impact isolation) as well as, interior acoustics in terms of shapes and finishes of spaces. Effective and economical solutions for acoustical issues are achieved through common building materials and details.

Mechanical Noise & Vibration Control

SM&W is experienced in preparing practical design assessment based on a thorough noise and vibration analysis. We have contributed to the success of a variety of types of projects, from single pieces of equipment to expansive central building systems. SM&W offers innovative and cost-effective methods of achieving suitable background noise levels.

Structural Dynamics

Dynamic movement within floor slabs is an issue in many buildings, especially laboratory and research facilities due to activities in the building (footfall, material handling, equipment, rhythmic dancing, etc.) in close proximity to sensitive equipment. SM&W works closely with the design team to establish criteria and goals, assisting the Structural Engineer in designing the appropriate structural systems and details.

Performing Arts Acoustics

Acoustics and noise control are paramount within performing arts. SM&W’s acoustic specialists can take a pragmatic approach to a simple and unobtrusive acoustical design or can lead the design team in developing unique designs and discrete acoustical environments.

Community & Industrial Noise Control

SM&W has vast experience conducting environmental noise studies. These studies consist of quantifying the impact on the community from noise sources such as large cooling plants, health care facilities, high-speed mail handling machinery, recycling facilities, metal stamping factories, and mass transit systems. SM&W can conduct surveys of noise and vibration characteristics from various types of machinery, with which we can establish decibel maps or contours around major sources of noise generation. This data can be used for determining compliance with OSHA regulations for employee hearing loss and damage. In most cases, this type of study involves noise control for nearby communities or to comply with noise codes along property lines.

Open Plan Offices

Open plan offices are an efficient way to provide workspace for the maximum amount of employees; however, these environments offer no privacy. SM&W advises users and architects to help offset the factors affecting this such as the type of ceiling, workstation screens, carpet, wall finishes, lighting, air diffusers, and sound masking. Our contributions to the design will help achieve the maximum level of speech privacy and minimum amount of distractions, while keeping the open layout.

One Raffles Quay

Location: Singapore ,
Architects: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates; Architects 61 Pte, associate architect

IAC Building

Location: New York , New York
Architects: Gehry Partners, STUDIOS Architecture (interiors)

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service

Location: Suitland , Maryland
Architects: mOrphosis, Einhorn Yaffee Prescott Architecture & Engineering

The Cathedral of Christ the Light

Location: Oakland , California
Architects: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (Design Architect), Kendall/Heaton Associates (Architect of Record)

Loretta C. Ford Education Wing of Helen Wood Hall, University of Rochester

Location: Rochester , New York
Architects: King & King Architects, LLP

Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, Phase II

Location: Wilkes-Barre , Pennsylvania
Architects: James Murphy, JCJ Architecture

Byron G. Rogers U.S. Courthouse

Location: Denver , Colorado
Architects: Bennett Wagner & Grody Architects, P.C.

National Library of Latvia

Location: Riga ,
Architects: Gunnar Birkerts Architects, Inc.

The Henry A. Wallace Visitor and Education Center

Location: Hyde Park , New York
Architects: R.M. Kliment & Frances Halsband Architects

Medical Institute for Neurodevelopmental Disorders (MIND), University of California, Davis

Location: Davis , California
Architects: Hammel Green and Abrahamson (HGA)

BurJuman Centre Expansion

Location: Dubai ,
Architects: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

Musical Instrument Museum

Location: Phoenix , Arizona
Architects: RSP Architects

Wild Center/Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks

Location: Tupper Lake , New York
Architects: Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum

Marriott Marquis Sky Lobby Fitness Center

Location: New York , New York
Architects: BBG-BBGM

Bukley Air Force Base Chapel

Location: Aurora , Colorado
Architects: HB&A

New York City Office of the Chief Medical Examiner DNA Forensics Biology Laboratory

Location: New York , New York
Architects: Perkins Eastman

Weill Greenberg Center at Weill Cornell Medical College

Location: New York , New York
Architects: Polshek Partnership, Ballinger

Microsoft Technology Center

Location: Taipei ,
Architects: M Moser Associates

Virginia Beach Convention Center

Location: Virginia Beach , Virginia
Architects: SOM

Millenium Tower (301 Mission Street)

Location: San Francisco , California
Architects: Handel Architects LLP

Executive Learning Classroom at the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley

Location: Berkeley , California
Architects: Goring & Straja Architects

Woodside Theater

Location: Woodside , California
Architects: DES Architects and Engineers

International Monetary Fund Headquarters I and II

Location: Washington , DC
Architects: Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, DBI Architects

Atlas Performing Arts Center

Location: Washington , DC
Architects: CORE Architecture/Design

Fort Lewis Community Concert Hall

Location: Durango , Colorado
Architects: Klipp Cloussy Jenks DuBois

The Borgata Hotel & North Expansion

Location: Atlantic City , New Jersey
Architects: Bower Lewis Thrower Architects

US Department of Agriculture Phase II Consolidated Laboratory

Location: Ames , Iowa
Architects: Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum

Dubai Healthcare City University Teaching Hospital

Location: Dubai ,
Architects: Ellerbe & Becket

Atlantic Health Jets Training Center

Location: Florham Park , New Jersey
Architects: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

George E. Bello Center for Information Technology at Bryant College

Location: Smithfield , Rhode Island
Architects: Gwathmey Siegel & Associates

Technical Training Center, ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company

Location: Houson , Texas
Architects: PageSoutherlandPage

505 Greenwich Street

Location: New York , New York
Architects: Handel Architects LLP

American Institute of Architects San Francisco Chapter Offices and the Center for Architecture + Design

Location: San Francisco , California
Architects: Quezada Architecture, San Francisco

Georgia Institute of Technology, Technology Square

Location: Atlanta , Georgia
Architects: Thompson, Ventulett, Stainback and Associates

Sunset Center for the Arts

Location: Carmel-by-the-Sea , California
Architects: Architectural Resources Group

U.S. Courthouse, Cape Girardeau

Location: Cape Girardeau , Missouri
Architects: Fentress Bradburn Architects, Ltd.

497 Greenwich Street

Location: New York , New York
Architects: Archi-Tectonics, Winka Dubbeldam, David Hotson Architect

Abu Dhabi Investment Authority

Location: Abu Dhabi ,
Architects: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, Gensler (interiors)

Eleanor Beecher Flad Pavilion Ford Recital Hall

Location: Youngstown , Ohio
Architects: Ricciuti Balog & Partners Architects

Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center National Air and Space Museum

Location: Chantilly , Virginia
Architects: Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum

The Waxwood

Location: Princeton , New Jersey
Architects: Hillier

Chickasaw Nation Carl Albert Indian Health Facility

Location: Ada , Okalahoma
Architects: PageSoutherlandPage


Location: Chicago , Illinois
Architects: Legat Architects

Knight Equity Markets, L.P.

Location: Jersey City , New Jersey
Architects: Ted Moudis Associates

New York Tolerance Center

Location: New York , New York
Architects: NBBJ

The Museum Center at The Mark Twain House & Museum

Location: Hartford , Connecticut
Architects: Robert A.M. Stern Architects

Dan M. Russell, Jr. United States Courthouse

Location: Gulfport , Mississippi
Architects: R.M. Kliment & Frances Halsband Architects

Belmar Center

Location: Lakewood , Colorado
Architects: Continuum Partners

Las Vegas Convention Center

Location: Las Vegas , Nevada
Architects: HNTB

New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical College Ophthalmology Center

Location: New York , New York
Architects: Polshek Partnership, Ballinger
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