Acoustical Experience: Police Stations and Secure Facilities

About This Project

BKL has provided specialized consulting services in the field of acoustics and noise control since 1966. With specific reference to police stations and secure facilities this work has involved review and design of such items as:


Room Acoustics

Applicable to areas such as the administrative offices, interview rooms, gymnasia, shops, TV and living areas, and public spaces, etc. Involves selection of most appropriate materials to meet acoustical requirements, architectural finish schedule and in certain areas resistance to damage.


Noise Isolation/Speech Privacy

Requires review of space relationships and design of wall or floor/ceiling systems to meet noise isolation criteria relating to areas such as adjacent offices, interview rooms, or mechanical/electrical rooms adjacent to office or other critical areas, etc. Excellent speech privacy is critical between interview rooms, offices, conference rooms and adjacent occupied areas.


Mechanical (HVAC), Plumbing & Electrical Systems Noise and Vibration Control

Noise control requires establishing acceptable background noise levels for spaces throughout the facility and then reviewing the specific systems design and recommending mitigating measures to achieve the design criteria.


BKL has applied the above capabilities in varying degrees of detail to numerous projects including:

RCMP & Police Projects


  • RCMP “E” Headquarters, Surrey
  • Sydney/North Saanich RCMP Building
  • Vancouver Police Main Headquarters
  • Vancouver Police Communications Centre
  • Victoria Police Station
  • Regina RCMP Building
  • Campbell River Police Station
  • Moose Jaw Police Station
  • Airdrie RCMP Building
  • Vancouver Police Department Ballistics Lab
  • West Vancouver Public Safety Building

Corrections Projects


  • Vancouver Island Regional Correctional Centre
  • Mountain Institute Redevelopments (Agassiz)
  • Kent Institute Maximum Security Housing
  • Burnaby Youth Custody Centre
  • Victoria Youth Custody Centre
  • Forensic Psychiatric Institute (Port Coquitlam)
  • Agassiz Maximum Security Institute
  • Whitehorse Correctional Centre
  • Kamloops Regional Correctional Centre
  • Prince George Regional Correctional Centre
  • North Fraser Pretrial Centre
  • Vancouver Pretrial Services Centre

Government & Justice
Building Services Noise & Vibration, Commissioning, Design-Build, Environmental and Community Noise, Government, LEED, Noise Mitigation Design, Occupational Noise, Open Office Acoustics, P3, Room Acoustics, Sound Isolation, Speech Privacy, Vibration Isolation