Merion Cricket Club

Project Type: Entertainment & Restaurants

Merion Cricket Club
Haverford, PA
Architect: Wallace Roberts & Todd, LLC

Founded in 1865 and residing at its current location since 1892, the Merion Cricket Club has been a fixture on the Main Line in the suburbs of Philadelphia for over 150 years. It is a hub of social activity with indoor amenity spaces and spacious manicured grounds that include tennis and paddle tennis courts and a cricket pitch where seasonal cricket and croquet events are held. The club is being renovated in phases and some additional outdoor facilities are going to be added in the near future.

We were brought in to consult on the renovations to the Locker Room Building and to provide sound level testing and analysis for the proposed new recreational facilities. In the Locker Room Building, we performed an analysis of the floor/ceiling and wall assemblies. This building will be renovated to include two Fitness Centers, the Men’s Locker Room and Lounge, and support rooms. There are mechanical units on the roof of this building and we also studied their effect on the total sound level at the property lines. Fitness centers have the potential to create significant amounts of noise and vibration due to the nature of the activities and the equipment in use, so we provided design guidelines and product recommendations to address noise transmission between rooms and from the inside to the outside.

One of the issues that needed to be addressed before moving forward with construction of the new outdoor pool, hard-surface tennis courts, parking lots, and paddle court was the potential for sound propagation into the surrounding neighborhood. We conducted sound tests on site to measure typical background sound levels and used computer modeling to predict the impact of sound levels from the outdoor activities on the surrounding environment.

Our testing and reports have provided data which is vital to the end goal of meeting the Township Noise Ordinance. The design will include garden walls, landscape berms, and a site plan which will all work in tandem to make sure that sound transmission is kept within allowable limits from the activities happening on site as well as from the mechanical systems on the buildings themselves.