Boston – Acentech’s multi-disciplinary team of acoustics, audiovisual, and IT Infrastructure consultants completed more than 250 high-impact educational projects in 2017. “We are proud of our strong reputation in the education marketplace and truly enjoy collaborating with our clients in school communities,” said Acentech President Jeffrey Zapfe. “As consultants, when you create a connection with your clients and understand the why of a project, the process becomes far more meaningful and successful. We are extremely proud of these projects and look forward to seeing these facilities contribute to, and inspire the education of future generations of students.”
Acentech also recently celebrated the completion of three acoustic and audiovisual consulting projects in Greater Boston:
Harvard Kennedy School Campus Transformation Project -Acentech completed acoustics consulting work for Robert A.M. Stern Architects to support their design and construction of a transformation of the Harvard Kennedy School. The transformation adds 91,000 square feet of space including new tiered classrooms, kitchen, and dining facility, many offices and meeting spaces, student lounge and study spaces. The project also provides a welcoming, fully landscaped courtyard, which, together with infill development at its perimeter, help to unite the previously disjointed campus. A glass-covered winter garden provides an attractive lounge and multi-purpose space.
UNH Hamilton Smith Hall – Known as the “front porch” of UNH’s College of Liberal Arts, the building, originally constructed in 1907, needed extensive renovations. UNH selected the architects at DiMella Shaffer to re-imagine how the heart of their campus can better serve its students and faculty and Acentech provided acoustics and audiovisual consulting guidance throughout this 5-year project.
Inside Hamilton Smith Hall, there are now 32 teaching spaces ranging in size from a 300-seat lecture hall to 15-seat seminar rooms. Meeting the acoustic and audiovisual needs of these drastically different spaces required careful analysis and a range of solutions. To optimize the usability of each area, Acentech’s acoustics consultants guided designers on room finishes customized for each space’s specific purpose, sound isolation between classrooms, and proper mechanical system noise and vibration control. The customization will enhance the use of the space and ensure that the historic building can be enjoyed by the students, faculty, and staff.
UMass Amherst, John W. Olver Design Building – The new four-story building is the first academic building in the U.S. to be constructed using cross-laminated timber (CLT). The building was designed by Leers Weinzapfel Associates and Acentech provided acoustics and audiovisual design services. As the building’s atrium features exposed timber, the acoustical requirements of this project proved challenging.
To achieve optimal speech intelligibility, Acentech worked with the design team to carefully select sound absorptive finishes with an emphasis on wood-based products. In addition, Acentech designed custom audiovisual systems to complement the highly technical nature of the curriculum. This included presentation systems for classrooms, meeting spaces, seminar rooms, video conference suite, and the central atrium.