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February 2024 Newsletter: Wading the Acoustical Waters

Acoustics is a field that is difficult to understand. Subtle distinctions between metrics, technical jargon, and non-arithmetic mathematics create a perfect storm of confusion for those who don’t normally swim the waters. There are common malapropisms that we hear time and time again, which we would like to put to rest. From the existence of silence to the use of the term “soundproofing,” read on to learn how to avoid misusing these words.

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SenSV Team Visits Mispro

Last week, Felicia attended the grand opening of Mispro Philadelphia along with Julian Plotnick and Steve Manobianco. Mispro’s newest facility is located at the Cira Center adjacent to 30th Street Station. They got a tour of the vivarium facilities, where they have a very interesting business model on their contract vivarium services. The team was asking lots of questions about how our SenSV technology could be of use there. Welcome to Philadelphia, Mispro! See pics from the event here.

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The Forum at Milton Hershey School

The Milton Hershey School which serves students grades K-12, just finished work on The Forum in William Fisher Hall. This project entailed the renovation of the existing Forum, a 2600 SF multipurpose space. Metropolitan was happy to collaborate with Marshall Sabatini Architecture on the renovation of this space.We provided acoustical services including interior room acoustics, interior sound isolation, mechanical system noise and vibration control, as well as construction administration. Click here for some pictures of the finished space.

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January 2024 Newsletter: Reflected Sound for the Soul

In last month’s newsletter we discussed room modes, a standing wave phenomenon created by the geometry of a space. This month, we’ll carry on with our discussion of interior room acoustics, and focus on the control of reflected sound in a room. While recording studios and performance venues are often the first spaces that spring to mind when considering reflection control, many less prestigious spaces can benefit from thoughtful treatment, especially those that require good speech intelligibility such as lecture halls, classrooms, and conference rooms. Read on to learn more about surface finishes in the acoustician’s arsenal.

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December 2023 Newsletter: Acoustics a la Mode!

Picture this: you’re standing in your kitchen fixing a cup of coffee, and you notice a low, throbbing sound of unknown origin. You chalk it up to your caffeine-starved imagination, and proceed to your window overlooking the city. As you make your way through the apartment, the sound disappears…that is, until you reach the window, where the throb returns. As you traverse back and forth, you realize that the sound disappears halfway between the coffee machine and window. Before starting on any conspiracy theory, consider this: you may be affected by a room mode! Read on to understand how these acoustic phenomenon form and how to combat them.

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Felicia Competes in Fall Races!

If it’s fall, it’s race season for our fearless leader, Felicia. The first race was a 10K at the Atlantic City Marathon Weekend in October, where she placed first in her division! The second one was a half marathon in November, during Philadelphia’s Marathon weekend. We are so proud of her! Check out her happy snaps here.

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November 2023 Newsletter: Vibrations & Excitations

Among our clients, there is often confusion between what is sound and what is vibration. We concede that the two can be difficult to distinguish to the untrained ear. Read on to learn more about the relationship between the two and how vibration can transduce into sound.

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Amy Gutmann Hall under construction

It’s been two years since the ceremonial ground breaking at the new School of Engineering and Applied Science at 34th and Chestnut Streets, and topping off has recently occurred. This building is a hub for data science and is the

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2023 AIA Award Winners

Metropolitan was thrilled to be part of the winning project team with Kieran Timberlake for a 2023 AIA Philadelphia Design Award on November 9th. The Eric J. Barron Innovation Hub has truly captured the essence of architectural excellence, innovation, and

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October 2023 Newsletter: Ancient Architectural Acoustics

The world of modern architectural acoustics is still relatively young, with calculations and standards being refined to this day. This reality makes the acoustical achievements of the ancient world all the more impressive. Read on to learn about a few different ancient structures that produce impressive acoustic phenomenon!

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