Cornell Acoustics Standard: Lessons Learned & Implementing the Standard

Session Title: Cornell Acoustics Standard: Lessons Learned & Implementing the Standard
Educational Track: Design
Session Code: TH0419
Date: Thursday, October 17, 2019
Time: 2:45 PM – 4:15 PM
LU/HSW: 1.5 LUs/HSW

In Fall 2018, Cornell Facilities and IT staff teamed with acoustical engineering consultants to draft an Acoustics Standard to improve acoustical performance in campus construction projects. Excellence in acoustical design for classrooms, meeting spaces, offices, seminar and conference rooms is a critical outcome of renovation and new construction. 

The Acoustics Standard will be discussed by 3 members of the Cornell Facilities team with a focus on the process of drafting the standard and the implementation of the standard in design and construction phases. 

Integrated into the presentation will be how the standards will be used to analyze room acoustics, sound absorption, sound isolation, and electronic/mechanical noise.

Learning Objectives: By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the critical acoustical design criteria in academic buildings at a higher education institution,
  • Recognize common acoustical design factors at Cornell and how they are addressed through the current design and construction process,
  • Explain the lessons learned from 3 case studies at Cornell University,
  • Apply an acoustics standard to the design and construction process.
  • Content Leaders:

Benjamin J. Shermeta, AIA

Associate University Architect, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Andrew Page

Manager, Integrated Audio and Video Engineering Cornell Information Technologies, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Benjamin Markham

Director, Architectural Acoustics, Acentech, Boston, MA