macoustics

September 2022 Newsletter: Multifamily Offices

The pandemic has changed our work environment. Many people are working under a hybrid model – a few days per week from their office and a few from home; others are completely remote. While these work paradigms vary across industries, working from home (WFH) is now more common than ever and here to stay. Read on to learn more about how WFH is reshaping the acoustical landscape of our dwellings.

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Calder Gardens

Metropolitan is working on an exciting project! There has been a lot of buzz about the new Calder Gardens. Recently, the project had write-ups in both The Philadelphia Inquirer and The New York Times. It is scheduled to open to the public at the end of 2024. Make sure you go check out this masterpiece dedicated to the art of Philadelphian Alexander Calder.

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August 2022 Newsletter: Keep on Truckin’

The distribution center industry has seen significant growth over the last few years due in large part to the pandemic and its effect on e-commerce. Many new facilities are being built, often close to residential areas, to fulfill last mile logistics. While it may seem like a good idea to have distribution centers close to the residential areas they serve for quick package delivery, this can result in someone’s backyard sounding like a trucking facility at all hours of the day. Read on to learn more about how sound from these distribution centers can be modeled and mitigated.

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Two New School Projects!

Metropolitan Acoustics wrapped up two school projects located in the West Windsor Plainsboro School District in New Jersey. The first project involved extensive renovations and an addition to Community Middle School.

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Community College of Philadelphia Career & Advanced Technology Center

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.

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July 2022 Newsletter: A Web of Vibes

In previous newsletters, we have discussed animals such as dolphins and bats that are able to “see” with their hearing, a process known as echolocation, in which the animal can map their environment by sensing sound reflected back to them. There are animals, however, that utilize sound in a slightly different manner – not so much by “hearing” sound waves, but by feeling their vibrations. Read on to learn about audible arachnids.

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School News!

Metropolitan Acoustics is visiting lots of school construction sites this summer in a rush to get them open and ready for students this fall. Hardhats on for inspecting Avon Grove High School in West Grove, PA; Community Middle School in

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Bungalow Beach Boardwalk 5 Miler

Felicia ran the Bungalow Beach Boardwalk 5 miler on June 25th in Atlantic City, NJ (https://www.acraceseries.com/bbr-event-information). The run starts at the Tropicana Casino on the boardwalk, makes the turn in Ventnor, then ends with a 100 yard dash on the

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June 2022 Newsletter: Sound in Spaaaace…

“In space, no one can hear you scream.” The tagline from the sci-fi classic Alien is mostly true, but not entirely true. The transmission of sound requires a medium, which on Earth is usually air. Space is mostly an empty void, an icy vacuum that does not have the medium necessary for transmission of sound that humans can hear. However, space is not entirely empty, which allows for some sound transmission, if you know where to look. Read on to learn more about how sound travels in space.

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Noise Con 2022

Noise-Con 2022 was my first in-person conference since COVID, and it did not disappoint! Thanks to Institute of Noise Control Engineering – USA for putting on such a great conference in Lexington. Stimulating sessions, a full exhibit hall, and lots of reconnecting with friends. As a Board Member and chair of the DEI committee, I was happy to present our first report with action items. I was also the proud recipient of the Lang Award for Distinguished Noise Control Engineer! I want to share my acceptance speech for those of you who couldn’t attend.

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