An Arpeggio project designed by architect BLDGS, Congregation Or Hadash Synagogue, is shortlisted for an international architectural design award at the World Architecture Festival 2013 in Singapore. Acoustic design was a critical component of the unique ceiling design in the sanctuary. Find out more about the project and this prestigious honor at www.worldarchitecturefestival.com and www.worldbuildingsdirectory.com.
Author Archives Tina Ortkiese
Arpeggio project shortlisted in World Architecture Festival
Arpeggio at ASA in Montreal
Ehnert and Cunefare take their acoustic expertise to Montreal. They help to organize the The 21st International Congress on Acoustics combined with the 165th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America in Montreal, Canada.
The Devil is in the Details–article by J. Ehnert in The Construction Specifier
Jesse Ehnert discusses common culprits that undermine the integrity of acoustic designs in his recent article in The Construction Specifier, “The Devil is in the Details” (March 2012).
No matter the thickness, size, or rating of a floor, roof, wall, door, or window design, its acoustic performance will usually be determined by its weakest link. Sound leaks and flanking paths can render the best building element acoustically inferior. In other words, it is easy to waste, effort, resources, and money on sound isolating constructions by allowing such sound leaks and flanking paths to diminish and dictate overall acoustic performance.
Vuvuzelas–exploring the drone heard during the 2010 World Cup
Remember the constant drone heard during the 2010 World Cup matches? Two of our consultants, Ken Cunefare and Tina Ortkiese, explore the raw power of the vuvuzela in the Acoustical Society of America’s latest newsletter, Echoes “Vuvuzelas and their impact.”
New featured Science & Technology project: HudsonAlpha
Recently completed, the new HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology in Huntsville, Alabama. Find out more about Arpeggio’s involvement in our portfolio–Science & Technology.
Ehnert published in Healthcare Development Magazine
Jesse Ehnert’s article, “The Sound of Health & Healing” has been published in the Sustainable Healthcare & Hospital Development Magazine. The article outlines the state of acoustics in the healthcare industry and methods of mitigating noise to promote a healing environment. You can read it for yourself here.
Find out more about Arpeggio’s healthcare experience by visiting our Healthcare Portfolio.
HUD NAG Studies: Arpeggio Services
Arpeggio Acoustic Consulting is experienced at addressing the noise concerns of HUD, and we are adept at performing their required analyses. We offer the following services:
NOISE ASSESSMENT GUIDELINES (NAG) STUDIES approximate the expected noise levels at representative locations on your project site per the HUD Noise Guidebook. We go a step beyond the NAG requirements and approximate the noise levels at all points on your site to give a complete picture of the noise environment.
SOUNDPLAN NOISE MAPS more accurately predict noise levels when the NAG Study shows that noise levels are unacceptable. A SoundPlan Noise Map considers the specific characteristics of your site (topography, shielding structures), and may reveal that the conservative NAG Study overestimates noise levels, 10 dBA or more. As a result, noise attenuation requirements may be reduced for portions or all of your project site, significantly reducing construction costs.
NOISE ATTENUATION PLANS address concerns when noise levels are predicted to be unacceptable. These plans guide you in improving the site’s noise environment, including recommendations for noise barriers and/or noise-attenuating construction.
Arpeggio Teams with Pelton Associates
Arpeggio Acoustic Consulting is now officially teaming with Pelton Associates on select projects adding over 40 years of extensive experience developing noise control management systems and programs for a wide variety of public and private sector clients. Howard Pelton has held positions with an industrial silencer manufacturer and several acoustical consulting firms, the latest of which was Pelton Marsh Kinsella, LLC.
Resources: EASE & SoundPLAN
Arpeggio has the capability to utilize two computer modeling prediction programs on your next project—EASE and SoundPLAN.
EASE predicts real-world acoustic parameters affecting the built environment. Performance spaces, lecture halls, atriums, and more can be analyzed using mathematical and acoustical algorithms in a 3-D modeling environment.
SoundPLAN predicts environmental noise propagation across terrain and can be used to investigate the effectiveness of potential noise mitigation options. The program is used to analyze environmental noise sources including traffic, rail, and industrial facilities. The SoundPLAN calculation methodology is designed to be consistent with the Federal Highway Administration Traffic Noise Model (FHWA TNM).
Jesse Ehnert presents at ASA in Portland
Jesse Ehnert presented in the special session on “Acoustics in Green Buildings” at the 157th meeting of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA). His presentation, How easy is it being green?, discussed some of the pratical issues faced when addressing acoustics in the LEED for Schools rating system.