Helping clients successfully design and build the built environment.

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About

Who We Are

We are an acoustical consultancy specializing in the engineering of sound and vibration in the built environment. We are founded on over 20 years of experience in the building construction industry.

What We Do

The built environment is created by many talented people working in concert to achieve a harmonious result. Our contribution is made through proactive and collaborative teamwork. We cross traditional boundaries between disciplines by sharing insights and ideas to develop holistic solutions.

How We Do It

Acoustics is a physical phenomenon that can be directed for our benefit. The most effective approach to the transformation of phenomena is an engineering approach. Engineers use a scientific understanding, mathematical models, economics, practical knowledge and creative insight to effect a desired outcome.

Why We Do It

Americans, on average, spend 87% of their lives in the built environment. Studies show a causal relationship between noise level and reduction in productivity. More significantly, environmental noise is inextricably linked to the quality of our health. We provide acoustical engineering services to improve the performance and health of people in the built environment.

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Services

Mechanical Noise

We perform analysis, design and measurement of sound generated by mechanical equipment/systems in a building and transmitted through system components and building elements to occupants.

Examples of noise sources include diesel generators, chillers, pumps, fans, air handling units, ductwork, piping, vertical transportation, and cooling towers.

Mechanical Vibration

We perform analysis, design and measurement of vibration generated by mechanical equipment/systems in a building and transmitted through the structure to occupants or vibration sensitive equipment.

Examples of vibration sources include diesel generators, chillers, pumps, fans,  cooling towers, vertical transportation, and amusement rides.

Examples of vibration sensitive equipment include electron microscopes (SEM, TEM), medical imaging equipment (MRI, CT, PET), and silicon wafer production machinery.

Room Acoustics

We perform analysis, design and measurement of the acoustic response of critical listening spaces and spaces with large volumes.

Examples include auditoria, performance venues, ball rooms, conference rooms, teleconference rooms, convention facilities, dining rooms, and nightclubs.

Outdoor Noise

We perform analysis, design and measurement of sound generated outdoors by human activity or machines that is transmitted to unintended listeners on another property or within the building.

Examples of noise sources include outdoor audio systems, aircraft, vehicular traffic, rail transportation, diesel generators, utility fans, condensing units, air cooled chillers and cooling towers.

Sound Insulation

We perform analysis, design and measurement of sound transmitted from one space to another.  This is typically a concern when the sound levels in a space are very high, when a space requires a very low noise level, or when privacy is of concern.

Examples of spaces with high sound levels include mechanical rooms, performance spaces, cinema auditoria, and nightclubs.

Examples of spaces requiring quiet are guestrooms, dwelling units, offices, teleconference rooms, and recording studios

Examples of spaces requiring privacy include offices, conference/meeting rooms, patient rooms, and SCIF rooms.

 

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Projects

Acoustical engineering services for the following projects were performed by Michael Schwob, while with a prior employer.

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Contact

How can we help you improve the built environment?

Call 702-677-8108 or submit a message below.