Project Type: LEED
Pembroke North Condominiums
Architect: VSBA Architects
Pembroke North luxury condominiums are located in Wayne, Pennsylvania along the Main Line and have earned LEED certification. Besides designing wall and floor/ceiling assemblies to control sound transmission between the units and noise and vibration control of the mechanical systems, Metropolitan Acoustics’ biggest challenge resided approximately 50-ft. from the back of the building. At this location, there are train tracks for both SEPTA Regional Rail and AMTRAK trains. To mitigate sound from train passbys, we measured sound levels at the site, modeled the exterior shell of the building with various materials, and designed recommendations to meet an appropriate sound level inside the units, which included quad-hung windows. To determine an interior sound level design goal, we simulated train noise through a speaker in our office. Post-construction measurements at the site during train passbys confirmed that the windows worked and our design goals were met.
Pembroke North is the first multi-family residential building to be registered for LEED certification in the Philadelphia area. VSBA Architects designed the buildings and Re:Vision Architecture was the LEED consultant on the project. The buildings are heated and cooled through geothermal technology. A green roof helps to reduce the heat island effect while easing the load on the building’s mechanical systems. Other factors such as tankless water heaters, dual flush toilets, and sub-surface stone beds that allow stormwater to infiltrate into the ground on-site rather than discharging into the town sewer system make this residential project a pleasure to live in.