Acoustical Experience: Architectural Acoustics

    About This Project

    ARCHITECTURAL ACOUSTICS CONSIDERS A BUILDING’S INTERIOR by analyzing room geometry, finishing materials, and partitions. It also includes assessment of how well a building’s envelope isolates noise. In addition, architectural acoustics involves controlling noise from building systems, like HVAC, mechanical, and more.



    BKL has been consulting on architectural acoustics for decades, and its acousticians have experience on scores of notable projects including the following:


    Calgary Courts Centre

    Calgary, Alberta
    BKL consulted on interior acoustics, noise isolation, and HVAC noise design for this two-tower complex that includes 56 courtrooms and a 20-storey atrium.


    CBC Regional Broadcast Centre Expansion

    Vancouver, BC
    BKL provided complete acoustical design for the renovation and expansion of CBC’s Vancouver broadcast centre. BKL’s team controlled construction noise during the reno’s and designed interior acoustics, noise isolation, and ventilation system noise control. Read the full case study here.


    Christ Church Cathedral

    Vancouver, BC
    BKL designed the sanctuary acoustics, traffic noise isolation, and ventilation noise control for the $9 million renovation of this historic heritage cathedral in downtown Vancouver.


    Bell Performing Arts Centre

    Surrey, BC
    BKL consulted on interior acoustics, noise isolation, and ventilation system noise control for this 1,200-seat proscenium theatre. Notable features include variable acoustics and an orchestra shell.


    Four Seasons Hotel

    Whistler, BC
    BKL provided comprehensive acoustical design for this five star hotel with conference facilities, restaurants, and a health spa.


    North Fraser Pretrial Centre

    Port Coquitlam, BC
    BKL consulted on the comprehensive acoustical design for this remand and assessment centre for prisoners with sentences over 30 days.


    Richmond Olympic Oval

    Richmond, BC
    BKL designed the acoustics of the speed skating venue for 2010 Winter Olympics, including interior acoustics, HVAC noise control, and attenuation of aircraft noise. This LEED Silver facility now accommodates a running track, fitness centre, two international-sized ice rinks, and eight gymnasiums.


    River Rock Casino

    Richmond, BC
    Located near the airport, this casino features an 800-seat theatre, gaming halls, public spaces, and a hotel. BKL specified building acoustics and made recommendations to isolate aircraft noise.


    Sutherland Secondary School

    North Vancouver, BC
    For this high school, BKL provided acoustical, noise isolation, and HVAC noise design. The building incorporated tilt-up construction, and features a three-storey atrium, as well as drama and music rooms.


    UBC Buchanan Building

    Vancouver, BC
    BKL provided acoustical design for renovations to the four blocks of the Buchanan Building complex, including lecture theatres, seminar rooms, and offices.


    Multi-Family Residential

    BKL has provided primary advice for partitions, HVAC, plumbing noise, and transportation noise control for dozens of multi-family residential projects. Past work includes Olympic Village in Vancouver and Pinnacle in North Vancouver.

    Commercial, Cultural, Education & Research, Government & Justice, Healthcare, Residential & Mixed-Use, Sports & Recreation
    Baseline Noise Monitoring, Building Services Noise & Vibration, Cadna/A Noise Modelling, Commissioning, Construction Noise Monitoring, Construction Vibration Monitoring, Design-Build, Diagnostics, Environmental and Community Noise, Expert Witness Testimony, Field Reviews, LEED, Noise Mitigation Design, Open Office Acoustics, P3, Room Acoustics, Sound Isolation, Speech Privacy, Theatre Acoustics, Vibration Isolation