Acoustic Design Tools

Giving back: Arthur van der Harten, Sr. Consultant will be participating in a workshop utilizing his open source software, Pachyderm, for students at University College London. This remote skype workshop will help aspiring design professionals become more aware of and build skills in acoustics and simulation. In addition to serving as a practical way to better predict ho…

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Integrated Design to LEED GOLD – Empowering Educational Excellence

Connellsville Area Senior HIgh School was awarded the LEED project of the year award  from USGBC Central PA. AD was pleased to be part of the integrated design effort to the school’s renovation and expansion centered on achieving a vibrant learning facility that is highly energy efficient. Their architectural vision transformed the building to better reflect the district’s unique identity and their commitment to complying with LEED Gold standards has a dir…

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Marketing In Harmony – AD’s Marketing Director Earns Distinction of SMPS-NY Member of the Month

The Greater New York City Chapter of SMPS, a professional association for people who market and sell design and construction services, recognizes AD’s Marketing Director, Kirsten Haas as member of the month.   This distinction is extended to marketing professionals who actively serve chapter initiatives and endeavor to raise the bar for standards of practice.  In the context of daily responsibilities, AD constituents can be assured that Haas approaches each and every assignment with a st…

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Accessibility, Sound and ADA Compliance: Accommodating the Disabled

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) officially became a law on July 26, 1990 and ensures equal access and opportunity for all people with disabilities in the United States.   In the context of performing arts centers, aging audiences present the challenge of heightening accessibility to preserve loyal patron bases.  Design teams utilize various strategies to assure accessibility in new and renovated facilities.  AD is seeing a direct correlation between room acoustics and accessibil…

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Corporate Environments and Sound Masking

In response to today’s dynamic business environment and trends to do more with less, corporate offices are being designed to help reduce overhead costs and better leverage the collective energy of employees.  Space layouts and technology interface can inspire collaboration and idea exchange and lead to stronger team synergies.  Greater percentages of corporate office footprints are being dedicated of open office layouts.  Cubicle walls are becoming shorter or going away.  While this tre…

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Chemistry and Context

Chemistry is a branch of physical science which studies composition, structure, properties and change of matter… most specifically focused on atoms and their interactions with other atoms.  Today, the word chemistry extends beyond a pure scientific context and is frequently associated with interactions between people.  Those natural interpersonal connections that require little effort to flourish are said to be the result of the right ‘chemistry’. 

In recent team discussions e…

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When Beauty and Acoustics Meld To Create Sonic Impact

The historic Ohio Theatre offers a stunning setting for performing arts. A Baroque architectural style conveys visual grandeur that carries a mystique that one is destined to be treated to a life-time memory. While visually impressive, the Hall’s acoustic performance fell shy of its eye-appeal much to the dismay of resident artist, the Columbus Symphony. A million dollar effort led to a custom-design and installation for a new state-of-the art orchestra shell to replace a 30-year old model.…

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The Culture Behind Distinctions

At first, the task of changing the company name seemed daunting.  For more than 20 years, Acoustics and AV Systems have been at the core of what we do, how we think, and how we look at the world.  Rebranding required an interruption from our daily routine.  Honestly, we prefer spending our time helping our clients position themselves for the future.  Thinking about our own future feels awkward.  Do what we do, do it well… that should be enough, right?  But reality requires the occasio…

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Entry-Level Acoustic Consultant

Acoustic Distinctions is seeking an entry-level Acoustics Consultant to join our team in New York, NY and/or Stamford, CT. The successful applicant may be a recent graduate in acoustics, architecture, mechanical engineering, or other related degree program who is self-motivated, inquisitive, has excellent problem-solving skills, and would like an opportunity to work on a wide variety of projects in a collaborative work environment offering opportunities for professional growth. The position r…

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Acoustic Consultant – New York

Acoustic Distinctions has an immediate opening for an Acoustic Consultant.  The position may be located at either our midtown New York City location, or in our Stamford, Connecticut, office, as best suits the candidate.

The successful candidate will have experience in acoustics consulting, including room acoustic design, sound isolation, mechanical noise control, and environmental acoustics.  She or he will also possess skills and knowledge in programming, evaluation, design, documen…

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