The Urban Land Institute (ULI Philadelphia) recently announced the nine winners of the inaugural Willard G. “Bill” Rouse III Awards for Excellence as being “truly exemplary”, and Metropolitan Acoustics was on the following five winning teams.
- Campbell Soup Company Headquarters – Camden, New Jersey: The transformation of this corporate campus into a flexible workspace with many sustainable features enabled the company to remain in Camden and retain its growing workforce. Metropolitan Acoustics consulted on speech privacy in the new open office areas as well as general noise and vibration control recommendations in the private offices and meeting rooms. We also designed the A/V systems for over 20 meeting and presentation rooms.
- Lenfest Hall, Curtis Institute of Music – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: A top music school in the country, the addition of Lenfest Hall doubled the size of the school with studios, practice spaces, classrooms, student housing, a fifth floor garden terrace, dining facilities, and a rehearsal hall. Metropolitan Acoustics provided A/V system design for these spaces including the 3,200sf Gould Rehearsal Hall.
- Paseo Verde – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: The nation’s first LEED Platinum Neighborhood Development project. This affordable mixed-use development located in North Philadelphia received accolades from the jury for its excellent contextual site planning, transit accessibility and creative supporting uses. Metropolitan Acoustics provided consultation to ensure the exterior building shell met HUD requirements for sound transmission into the building.
- Sister Cities Park – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: The development of this public space along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway provided a natural spot for families to gather and relax. Metropolitan Acoustics was the consultant for the new pavilion, which provides a café and visitor center with indoor and outdoor seating areas.
- SteelStacks Arts and Cultural Campus – Bethlehem, Pennsylvania: The transformation of the old Bethlehem Steel plant into a state-of-the-art cultural center allows 2500 people to enjoy free music and performing arts under the stars. Metropolitan Acoustics designed the acoustics of the Pavilion as well as the lighting and rigging.
ULI Philadelphia is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities. This year, 57 projects which were completed in the last five years were nominated from Eastern and Central Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey and Delaware. A 14-member panel of ULI members from across the country selected 28 finalists and then voted on the nine winners.