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November 2022 Newsletter: Classroom Acoustics now Code Protected!

An acoustic environment that is conducive to learning requires low ambient sound levels and a high degree of speech intelligibility. Prior to 2021, unless a school was pursuing LEED or had adopted ANSI S12.60-2010 Acoustical Performance Criteria, Design Requirement, and Guidelines for Schools, classroom acoustics were guidelines, not requirements. That all changed with the 2021 International Building Code (IBC) which has incorporated Enhanced Acoustics for Classrooms criteria. Read on to brush up on the new requirements as more schools and states begin to adopt the most recent IBC.

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October 2022 Newsletter: National Protect Your Hearing Month #NPYHM

October can be a great month for sports nuts; if the stars align, all the major sports franchises in your city can be playing at the same time. In Philadelphia, the Eagles are off to a great start, the Phillies and Union are in the playoffs, and the Sixers and Flyers just kicked off their seasons. And if you have ever been to a Philadelphia sporting event, you know that sound levels can be extreme. Read on for a few tips that can help protect your ears from these sources and preserve them to enjoy one of our many well-designed acoustics projects.

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Richmond Elementary School Upgrades

Metropolitan was one of the lucky companies that recently got to work on this huge $18M upgrade for Richmond Elementary School. Richmond Elementary now has five new classrooms, upgraded electricity, a new paint job, LED lighting, and, for the first

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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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