SugarHouse Casino

Project Type: Entertainment & Restaurants

SugarHouse Casino
Philadelphia, PA
Architect: Cope Linder Architects

This casino complex located in the Fishtown section of Philadelphia was looking to expand the gaming and banquet facilities. Originally opened in September 2010, the facility sits on the former Jack Frost Sugar Refinery, thus the name SugarHouse. A new two-story expansion is being planned to include more casino/gaming areas on the first floor and a second floor a banquet hall, plus a parking garage.

Metropolitan Acoustics provided mechanical system noise and vibration control, interior acoustical isolation, and parking garage isolation design services. To address the HVAC system noise, we established noise criteria design goals and predicted the background sound levels from the proposed rooftop mechanical equipment in the new spaces. We worked with the architect and mechanical engineer to develop viable options to achieve the background sound level targets.

The close proximity of noise-sensitive spaces to active spaces presented an acoustical challenge. The banquet facility is above the high-limit gambling areas. Metropolitan Acoustics studied both impact and airborne sound transmission through the floor/ceiling assembly between these spaces and designed a solution using readily-available products to satisfy the project’s stringent sound isolation goals.

The parking garage also needed impact isolation services. Level 2 of the garage is located above noise-sensitive spaces such as the Poker Room and Marketplace. Impact from the traffic traveling over breaks in the concrete could cause structure-borne noise to radiate to the spaces below. Our recommendations addressed this issue by controlling the noise at the source and reducing the transmission through the structure.

In addition to the services for the SugarHouse Expansion, Metropolitan Acoustics provided consultation to reduce sound transmission issues between The Refinery – a bar and restaurant in the casino – to the adjacent gaming area. Originally, the space did not host band performances. A portable stage was added and performances are held several nights during the week with highly amplified music. Metropolitan Acoustics measured the sound levels and designed solutions to address the sound isolation challenge.

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