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Designed to Ensure Speech Intelligibility within the House of Commons Chamber of the Parliament of Canada

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University of Colorado Boulder Swing Space

Acoustic Distinctions collaborated with Pfeiffer Partners Architects to complete a new temporary music instruction facility on the University of Colorado, Boulder campus for use during the renovation of their existing music facility. The temporary facility includes 15 faculty teaching studios, 5 Practice Rooms, and a Percussion Ensemble Room in three free-standing, tightly clustered structures located […]

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Acoustic Distinctions Proudly Announces New Hire Charlie Burnor as Senior Associate, AV

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TOWARDS MORE PRECISE ABSORPTION METRICS

Arthur van der Harten, CENG, M.IOA, M.ASA Acoustic Distinctions || Pachyderm Acoustic Avdharten@ad-ny.com The Limitations of Absorption Coefficients For the majority of the relatively short history of architectural acoustics as practice, the dissipation of sound energy by way of surface interaction has been characterized by a single value per unit of spectrum (usually the octave-band […]

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SVG Sit Down: Upfront Coordination of Systems Integration, Architecture, Audio Is Key to Successful Control-Room Design

Article by Sports Video Group that interviews industry leaders on how upfront coordination of systems integration in control-room design is key. AD Principal, Ronald Eligator, weighs in on the role acoustics play. Click here for article  

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Designing the Color and Flavor of Sound in Your Building – an Appeal to Architects

Check out this month’s Architext, AIA Central PA’s seasonal newsletter featuring AD Senior Consultant Arthur van der Harten’s article “Designing the Color and Flavor of Sound in Your Building – an Appeal to Architects.”   https://aiacentralpa.org/spring-2018/#Acoustic   Pachyderm Acoustic is a free plugin for cad which simulates sound during design. You can download it for free […]

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Integrated Passive and Active Room Acoustics

NCAC-Winter-2018 Click on the link above to read David Kahn’s article “Integrated Passive and Active Room Acoustics” in the NCAC seasonal newsletter. 

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How Architectural Wood Grilles Affect Acoustics and Aesthetics at Weitz Center for Creativity at Carleton College

A key feature of the acoustic and architectural design of the new Kracum Performance Hall at Carleton College’s new 56,000 SF addition to the Weitz Center for Creativity is patterned wood grilles which accomplish two goals: to allow sound to pass through the grilles to reach hidden retractable sound absorbing curtains, and to create a […]

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Pachyderm Acoustic Empowers Architects to Use a New Building Material – Sound!

Our Senior Consultant Arthur van der Harten has been developing an open source collaborative tool for acoustics simulation called Pachyderm Acoustic Simulation. This tool has been gaining popularity among architects and designers who are interested in working directly with geometry and acoustics. By exchanging models and simulation schemes in Rhino and Grasshopper, Pachyderm allows a […]

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The Birds and Bees of Designing Conference Rooms

A conference room is often the heart of an organization’s facility. It is that part of the “hive” where essential information is exchanged. This room needs to look and feel right to instill confidence for room occupants and the room’s acoustics inherently needs to support speech intelligibility. Designing a room that looks right and enables […]

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