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July 2024 Newsletter: Sounds of Summer

Now that spring has turned to summer, you may be getting used to the birds chirping and bumble bees buzzing. These summer sounds present a comforting backdrop for a pleasant morning on the patio with a fresh iced coffee in hand. But just as you’re about to take your first sip, you’re greeted by that other sound of summer: the start of a gas-powered lawn mower engine just on the other side of the fence, followed shortly thereafter by a gas leaf blower. Fortunately, there is a growing trend towards electric-motor lawn equipment that has the power to save your morning from noise (and air) pollution. Read on to learn more about the acoustic side of this trending topic.

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June 2024 Newsletter: Easy as A-B-C

Deep in the throes of the pandemic in late 2020, the idea of returning to the physical office was a distant dream. By 2022, most of us had returned to the office on a limited basis, but still spent more time working remotely. Now in 2024, the post-pandemic work model seems to lean towards an office-heavy hybrid – a shift motivated by the promise of collaboration, spontaneous interactions, clearer communication, and team cohesion. Companies are now looking for ways to optimize the use of their facilities with greater emphasis on flexibility and interpersonal communication and a deemphasis on space-hogging private offices and one-employee-one-desk models. However, the shift from the solitude of home offices to the humming open office environment can present significant acoustic challenges. Read on to learn more about open office speech privacy.

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Run Rabbit, Run!

She’s at it again folks! On June 7th, Felicia once again competed in the Bungalow Beach Boardwalk Run in Atlantic City. This 5 miler starts on the boardwalk and ends with the last 400 feet on the sand with a mad dash towards the finish line. Competitors are happily congratulated with beers at the Bungalow Beach Bar afterwards. This race is even more momentous for Felicia, as she suffered a knee injury earlier this year that made her miss the beloved Broad Street Run. But after some determined physical therapy, we are happy to see her back to doing what she loves. Look at her go!

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May 2024 Newsletter: Bottle Top Blues

Have you ever blown across the top of a bottle to make it whistle? Did you notice how the pitch of the whistle is higher when there’s more liquid in the bottle and gets lower when there’s less liquid? That’s because the bottle is a Helmholtz resonator. Read on to learn more about the magic of this peculiar class of objects.

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Villanova University CEER Expansion Project

Wrapping up construction to open in Fall 2024 is the Villanova University CEER Building Expansion, which was designed by BLTa. The Center for Engineering and Research Building project involved a 150,00SF, three-story expansion for undergraduate and graduate research and includes laboratory spaces, state-of-the-art instruction spaces, green roofs and a community space at the heart of the building. Metro Acoustics did everything on this project from keeping the wind tunnels isolated from the surrounding spaces to designing the auditorium. The project is pursuing LEED for New Construction v4 Silver certification. See the inspiring pictures of this incredible space here.

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Rhode Island State Health Lab

Set to open in 2025, the new Rhode Island Public Health Laboratory located in Providence, is a 212,000SF building that will house the state’s new health lab, life sciences labs for Brown University and additional biotechnology space in the state’s Innovation and Design District on the former I-195 land. The project will include a Biosafety Level 3 facility and provide critical services for a variety of infectious disease, environmental and forensic testing needs. Metropolitan was proud to work along side HOK on this exciting project. Read more here.

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The New T. M. Pierce Elementary School

In January of this year, Thomas M. Pierce Elementary School opened its doors to welcome back students. This new elementary school is the first public elementary school to be built in North Philadelphia in more than 70 years! Students in grades K-5 can enjoy this LEED Gold Certified, 77,000SF school with all the newest amenities. Please check out some beautiful pictures and articles here.

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April 2024 Newsletter: Current Affairs

A buzzing florescent bulb. Crackling power lines. A humming computer graphics card. We can all recognize the distinctive sounds of electricity that surround us, but where does this noise actually come from? Read on to discover some of the ways electricity and acoustics intersect.

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Eclipse Party!

The whole Metropolitan crew took a field trip out of the office on Monday, April 8th, to see the solar eclipse. We headed over to a viewing party at Aviation Park, which is located right in front of The Franklin Institute. The park was packed with lots of happy eclipse spectators and of course our office dog Matty came along to join us! View our party pics here.

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Dunellen High School Renovations

We recently had our final construction site visit for the completed renovations at Dunellen High School on their auditorium and music room. We provided interior room acoustics, sound isolation, and mechanical noise and vibration control design services for the spaces, as well as construction administration services. We are ecstatic on how it turned out! Have a look at some photos of the finished spaces.

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