Acentech Creates Healing Environment for Children’s Hospital

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Boston Children’s Hospital – Emily O’Brien Photography

Cambridge, MA  – Acentech Inc. announced that it provided architectural acoustics and mechanical system noise and vibration consulting for Boston Children’s Hospital. Boston-based Walsh Brothers was the construction manager for the project.

Working with architectural firm Payette, Acentech consulted on the new James Mandell Building, a 116,000sf 10-story urban infill building constructed on Binney Street in Boston’s Longwood Medical Area. The building provides much needed expansion space for the emergency department, imaging, same day surgery, neurology, pharmacy, and four floors of inpatient beds in alignment with the existing hospital.


Acentech was highly concerned about noise transmission from above grade MRIs to other locations, and worked with the design team to detail the sound isolation constructions required to eliminate that noise transmission.

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Acentech worked to eliminate  noise transmission from above grade MRIs – Emily O’Brien Photography

Another area of concern was controlling the ventilation noise emission to the outdoor courtyard. Acentech worked extensively with the project mechanical engineer to incorporate sufficient noise control in the many ducted and airborne noise paths between mechanical equipment and occupied spaces.

In addition to MRI rooms, the scope of services also included acoustics consulting for patient rooms, exam rooms, consultation rooms, multi-purpose rooms, nurse and physician workrooms, and offices.