Gary Mak graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. During his studies, he completed courses in acoustics, vibration and HVAC design. Since joining BKL in 2011, his work covers the areas of environmental noise assessments, mechanical/industrial noise control and architectural acoustics.
He has conducted noise and vibration impact assessments for transportation, construction, industrial and commercial projects which involve quantifying baseline conditions, predicting future exposure, rating impact and determining mitigation measures to meet project criteria. In particular, he has worked on mine, port terminal, rail, highway, transit centre, energy centre and other industrial and transportation projects.
Gary’s experience in architectural acoustics includes hospitals, educational facilities, performance spaces, offices and operations buildings. His work involves reviewing building design for compliance with acoustic requirements for sound isolation, room acoustics, mechanical noise control and environmental noise control. For theatres, more specialized spatial and acoustical parameters are measured and analyzed to assess and improve acoustic conditions for performers and audience.
Gary is proficient in performing noise and vibration measurements with a variety of specialized equipment for investigations, assessments, room acoustics studies and STC/IIC testing. He is also very familiar with using acoustics software including Cadna/A, Samurai, Insul, EASERA and ODEON for measurement, analysis and design purposes. As a musician himself, Gary’s main interest is in room acoustics related with performance spaces.