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