2015 Preservation Alliance Awards

And the winners are..

The annual Preservation Alliance Achievement Awards were held June 3rd in the beautiful and last year’s winner Lincoln Hall  (which sounded great, by the way – thanks to our acoustical and AV consultation services) at the Union League of Philadelphia.

The Alliance’s Achievement Awards event is a celebration of historic preservation throughout the Philadelphia region.  Formed in 1996, its mission is to promote appropriate use, preservation and development of Philadelphia’s historic landmarks.  We were proud to sponsor this 22nd annual event.

Metropolitan Acoustics is pleased to announce we were on the following Grand Jury Award winning teams:

Arts, Research, Culture House (ARCH)
University of Pennsylvania
3601 Locust Walk, Philadelphia
Architect:  Saylor Gregg

Once a private Protestant student center, this Collegiate Gothic landmark building has been part of the University since 1999 as a multicultural student hub.  Recently renovated to serve today’s students – the building combines historic character with contemporary furnishings.

Metropolitan Acoustics consulted on the interior room acoustics, acoustical isolation and mechanical system noise and vibration control for this building renovation.  The ground floor is now an open plan living room which allows students to mingle amongst each other.  The first floor has more lounges, meeting rooms, a café and an outdoor terrace, and the second floor is now a premier classroom/auditorium for up to 150 students.

Fringe Arts
1400 North Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia
Architect:  Wallace Roberts and Todd

Built in 1902 as pumping station for the Philadelphia Water Department, this historic landmark is now a major cultural destination.  Ceilings were removed, windows were unveiled and vintage finishes were retained in this brick and terracotta industrial facility.

Metropolitan Acoustics provided interior room acoustic analysis for the Performance Theater as well as acoustical isolation between the theater and restaurant, with particular attention to the operable partition.  We also consulted on the mechanical system to control noise and vibration into the theater space.  From all accounts, the space sounds marvelous!  And is proudly part of the energetic Philadelphia Waterfront.

Oxford Mills
110-118 West Oxford Street, Philadelphia
Architect:  BartonPartners

Built between 1873-1913 as part of a thriving industrial center that included factories, mills and warehouses – this was once the Quaker City Dye Works.  Many of the buildings did not survive.  But this modest, two-building, four-story structure did, and is now a 114-unit apartment complex geared towards teachers and educational organizations.

Located near the elevated train lines, Metropolitan Acoustics provided consultation on the exterior to interior sound isolation.  We also reviewed the floor/ceiling and wall assemblies to ensure appropriate airborne and impact isolation.

2015 ULI Awards for Excellence
2015 Preservation Achievement Awards