The new Community College of Philadelphia Career & Advanced Technology Center is coming on line this fall for students. The building provides training for many trades including automotive repair, dental assistants, and medical and science training. Metropolitan Acoustics was the acoustical consultant on this project and provided services of interior room acoustics, interior sound isolation, and mechanical system noise and vibration control. The building is located at 47th and Market Streets and overlooks the Market Frankford elevated train line; we also provided consultation for the building façade isolation of the train passbys.
Our final site visit this week revealed a building that is wonderfully suited for the students – including all the acoustical elements that are in there but hard to notice. All the exposed decks are either covered with acoustical spray-on or are acoustical metal decks; this is key for keeping sound levels in the loud tech rooms from building up. Mechanical system noise from all the rooftop exhaust is under control and the MFL trains passing by the building can be heard, but are not disruptive. Kudos to SchraderGroup Architects for a job well done!