Winning Big at ULI’s Willard Rouse III Awards for Excellence!

At a celebration  on June 14th attended by more than 260 real estate and land development professionals, eight winners of the Willard G. Rouse III Awards for Excellence were announced representing a variety of different project types. Metropolitan Acoustics is proud to have been on three of the award-winning design teams:

South Philadelphia Community Health and Literacy Center,
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Broad and Morris Streets, Philadelphia, PA

Architect:  Venturi, Scott, Brown, and Associates
This is truly a groundbreaking project. It represents the first public-private collaboration of its kind in the country, bringing together health and wellness services along with literacy and recreational programming all under one roof. The 96,000 square foot facility includes a pediatric primary care facility, a community health center, a free library, and a recreation center. Deep within the South Philadelphia neighborhood which it now proudly serves, this facility was a true partnership among the many city organizations and departments involved and it will continue to represent that community spirit for many generations to come.

For this project, Metropolitan Acoustics was commissioned for a number of different consultation and design services. We provided comprehensive A/V and sound-masking design services for much of the building, including public address and mass notification systems and GUI-based control systems for staff and conference rooms throughout the building.  We also provided sound isolation and acoustics consultation as well as mechanical systems noise and vibration control.


Swarthmore Town Center West
Swarthmore, PA
Architect:  Cope Linder Architects

The Swarthmore Town Center West project was about 15 years in the making. It represents the culmination of countless design studies, planning meetings, and proposals to redevelop a location that serves as a connection point between the college and the community. The site includes a restaurant, a campus store, and an Inn.

Our involvement was focused primarily on what is now know as the Inn at Swarthmore,  a boutique, 40-room hotel with 3,500 square feet of meeting and event space. We provided acoustical analysis of the restaurant and design recommendations for sound isolation of the restaurant from the guestrooms.


Pennovation Center,
University of Pennsylvania
3401 Grays Ferry Avenue, Philadelphia, PA
Architect:  Hollwich Kushner  & KSS  Architects

A modern, angular 58,000 square-foot business incubator and laboratory adjacent to Penn’s campus, the Pennovation Center is a hive of entrepreneurial technology-based startup activity. It is funded both by Penn and by private-sector investors who are dedicated to the collaboration between students, faculty, the local community, and the larger business community in general.

Metropolitan Acoustics provided analysis and design of the interior room acoustics, acoustical isolation, and mechanical system noise and vibration control.

IIDA PA/NJ/DE Awards 2017
2017 Preservation Achievement Award Winners