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.

The Borgata Hotel & North Expansion

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

Byron G. Rogers U.S. Courthouse

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

IAC Building

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

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

Location: New York , New York
Architects: Perkins Eastman

The Cathedral of Christ the Light

Location: Oakland , California
Architects: 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
Architects: Rafael Viñoly

International Monetary Fund Headquarters I and II

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

New York Tolerance Center

Location: New York , New York
Architects: NBBJ

The Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center

Location: Santa Rosa , California
Architects: C. David Robinson Architects

Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels

Location: Los Angeles , California
Architects: Jose Rafael Moneo, Leo A. Daly

Knight Equity Markets, L.P.

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

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

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

The Henry A. Wallace Visitor and Education Center

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

Chickasaw Nation Carl Albert Indian Health Facility

Location: Ada , Okalahoma
Architects: PageSoutherlandPage

Las Vegas Convention Center

Location: Las Vegas , Nevada
Architects: HNTB

One Raffles Quay

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

The Isle Casino & Racing at Pompano Park

Location: Pompano Park , Florida
Architects: Cope Linder Architects, Interiors by Carey Jones Architects, Ltd.

497 Greenwich Street

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

Dan M. Russell, Jr. United States Courthouse

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

Latham & Watkins LLP

Location: New York , New York
Architects: Mancini Duffy Architecture

Radio WPRB, Emma B. Bloomberg Hall

Location: Princeton , New Jersey
Architects: Michael Dennis & Associates

505 Greenwich Street

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

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library

Location: San Jose , California
Architects: Gunnar Birkerts + DSA Architects, Carrier Johnson, Anderson Brule Architects

Live From the Heart, Museum of Science and Industry

Location: Chicago , Illinois
Architects: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

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

Location: Miami , Florida
Architects: Robert A.M. Stern Architects

The Museum Center at The Mark Twain House & Museum

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


Location: Chicago , Illinois
Architects: Legat Architects

Dubai Healthcare City University Teaching Hospital

Location: Dubai ,
Architects: Ellerbe & Becket

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

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

Rochelle High School

Location: Rochelle , Illinois
Architects: OWP/P

The Waxwood

Location: Princeton , New Jersey
Architects: Hillier

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

Marriott Marquis Sky Lobby Fitness Center

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

Salvation Army's Centennial Memorial Temple

Location: New York , New York
Architects: Kostow Greenwood Architects LLP

U.S. Courthouse, Cape Girardeau

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

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

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

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

Location: Berkeley , California
Architects: Goring & Straja Architects

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

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

San Francisco Friends School

Location: San Francisco , California
Architects: Pfau Long Architecture

US Department of Agriculture Phase II Consolidated Laboratory

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

Atlantic Health Jets Training Center

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

Fort Lewis Community Concert Hall

Location: Durango , Colorado
Architects: Klipp Cloussy Jenks DuBois

Microsoft Technology Center

Location: Taipei ,
Architects: M Moser Associates

San Jose Civic Center

Location: San Jose , California
Architects: Richard Meier & Partners Architects

Atlas Performing Arts Center

Location: Washington , DC
Architects: CORE Architecture/Design

George E. Bello Center for Information Technology at Bryant College

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

Millenium Tower (301 Mission Street)

Location: San Francisco , California
Architects: Handel Architects LLP

Singapore Discovery Center

Location: Singapore ,
Architects: Ralph Appelbaum Associates

Virginia Beach Convention Center

Location: Virginia Beach , Virginia
Architects: SOM
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