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.

Bukley Air Force Base Chapel

Location: Aurora , Colorado
Architect(s): HB&A

Hong Kong Science Park

Location: Hong Kong , China
Architect(s): Leigh & Orange Architects

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

Location: Suitland , Maryland
Architect(s): mOrphosis, Einhorn Yaffee Prescott Architecture & Engineering

Technical Training Center, ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company

Location: Houson , Texas
Architect(s): PageSoutherlandPage

BurJuman Centre Expansion

Location: Dubai ,
Architect(s): Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Janelia Farms Research Campus

Location: Ashburn , Virginia
Architect(s): Rafael Viñoly Architects

New York City Office of Emergency Management

Location: New York , New York
Architect(s): Swanke Hayden Connell

The Borgata Hotel & North Expansion

Location: Atlantic City , New Jersey
Architect(s): Bower Lewis Thrower Architects

Byron G. Rogers U.S. Courthouse

Location: Denver , Colorado
Architect(s): Bennett Wagner & Grody Architects, P.C.

IAC Building

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

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

Location: New York , New York
Architect(s): Perkins Eastman

The Cathedral of Christ the Light

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

California Nano Systems Institute (CNSI) at the University of California

Location: Los Angeles , California
Architect(s): Rafael Viñoly

International Monetary Fund Headquarters I and II

Location: Washington , DC
Architect(s): Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, DBI Architects

New York Tolerance Center

Location: New York , New York
Architect(s): NBBJ

The Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center

Location: Santa Rosa , California
Architect(s): C. David Robinson Architects

Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels

Location: Los Angeles , California
Architect(s): Jose Rafael Moneo, Leo A. Daly

Knight Equity Markets, L.P.

Location: Jersey City , New Jersey
Architect(s): Ted Moudis Associates

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

Location: New York , New York
Architect(s): Polshek Partnership, Ballinger

The Henry A. Wallace Visitor and Education Center

Location: Hyde Park , New York
Architect(s): R.M. Kliment & Frances Halsband Architects

Chickasaw Nation Carl Albert Indian Health Facility

Location: Ada , Okalahoma
Architect(s): PageSoutherlandPage

Las Vegas Convention Center

Location: Las Vegas , Nevada
Architect(s): HNTB

One Raffles Quay

Location: Singapore ,
Architect(s): Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates; Architects 61 Pte, associate architect

The Isle Casino & Racing at Pompano Park

Location: Pompano Park , Florida
Architect(s): Cope Linder Architects, Interiors by Carey Jones Architects, Ltd.

Dan M. Russell, Jr. United States Courthouse

Location: Gulfport , Mississippi
Architect(s): R.M. Kliment & Frances Halsband Architects

Latham & Watkins LLP

Location: New York , New York
Architect(s): Mancini Duffy Architecture

497 Greenwich Street

Location: New York , New York
Architect(s): Archi-Tectonics, Winka Dubbeldam, David Hotson Architect

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library

Location: San Jose , California
Architect(s): Gunnar Birkerts + DSA Architects, Carrier Johnson, Anderson Brule Architects

Live From the Heart, Museum of Science and Industry

Location: Chicago , Illinois
Architect(s): Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Radio WPRB, Emma B. Bloomberg Hall

Location: Princeton , New Jersey
Architect(s): Michael Dennis & Associates

The Museum Center at The Mark Twain House & Museum

Location: Hartford , Connecticut
Architect(s): Robert A.M. Stern Architects

505 Greenwich Street

Location: New York , New York
Architect(s): Handel Architects LLP

Dubai Healthcare City University Teaching Hospital

Location: Dubai ,
Architect(s): Ellerbe & Becket

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

Location: Rochester , New York
Architect(s): King & King Architects, LLP

Rafael Diaz-Balart Hall, home of the Florida International University College of Law

Location: Miami , Florida
Architect(s): Robert A.M. Stern Architects

The Waxwood

Location: Princeton , New Jersey
Architect(s): Hillier


Location: Chicago , Illinois
Architect(s): Legat Architects

Abu Dhabi Investment Authority

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

Eleanor Beecher Flad Pavilion Ford Recital Hall

Location: Youngstown , Ohio
Architect(s): Ricciuti Balog & Partners Architects

Marriott Marquis Sky Lobby Fitness Center

Location: New York , New York
Architect(s): BBG-BBGM

Rochelle High School

Location: Rochelle , Illinois
Architect(s): OWP/P

U.S. Courthouse, Cape Girardeau

Location: Cape Girardeau , Missouri
Architect(s): Fentress Bradburn Architects, Ltd.

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

Location: San Francisco , California
Architect(s): Quezada Architecture, San Francisco

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

Location: Berkeley , California
Architect(s): Goring & Straja Architects

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

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

San Francisco Friends School

Location: San Francisco , California
Architect(s): Pfau Long Architecture

US Department of Agriculture Phase II Consolidated Laboratory

Location: Ames , Iowa
Architect(s): Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum

Atlantic Health Jets Training Center

Location: Florham Park , New Jersey
Architect(s): Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Fort Lewis Community Concert Hall

Location: Durango , Colorado
Architect(s): Klipp Cloussy Jenks DuBois

Microsoft Technology Center

Location: Taipei ,
Architect(s): M Moser Associates
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