Architectural Acoustics

We offer sophisticated design and solutions for architectural acoustics to create the best sound experience.

Education

Aercoustics has supported the design of educational buildings around the world. These projects have included primary to post-secondary schools, small renovations and large technical campuses.

We know that fostering collaboration and effective communication is very important to the success of academic projects – from arts to sciences to student life. Aercoustics’ approach is to provide sensitive acoustic solutions to help push the boundaries of space planning, facilitating student, researcher, and faculty interaction, sparking connection across disciplines. We accomplish this through team integration and building a comprehensive understanding of user priorities and performance standards. This approach is supported by sophisticated tools such as 3D acoustic modelling, as with Aercoustics’ work on Lazaridis Hall, pictured above.

We have had a great deal of success working with schools and faculties to deliver multifunctional teaching spaces. This includes the wired-in lecture halls for University of Calgary Schulich School of Engineering, the student hub at Ryerson Student Learning Centre, and the performance space for the Greenwood College Expansion.

It’s a lecture hall. It’s a recital hall. It’s both!

The Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics

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Keeping stacked classrooms quiet.

McMaster Living and Learning Centre

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Creating a destination for learning.

Ryerson Student Learning Centre

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Healthcare

As the technical requirements of healthcare spaces has grown and evolved, Aercoustics has remained at the forefront, providing our technical expertise and services to our clients. These projects require noise and vibration controls for environmental and mechanical sources, vibration isolation design for sensitive equipment (like MRIs, electron microscopes, or CT scanners), and the design of practical acoustical environments for patient environments. Aercoustics has the capabilities and technology to provide full service acoustical engineering services for any healthcare facility, new build or renovation.

We have delivered projects through the full Public-Private Partnership (P3) cycle and have a deep understanding of the process – including Project Specific Output Specifications (PSOS) and Pursuit/Delivery for Design-Build-Finance-Maintain hospitals across Canada. Our recent projects have included Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital and Etobicoke General Patient Tower. Aercoustics’ team understands acoustics for healthcare and how to balance these requirements with the flexibility needed for a realistic design process.

MRI near a railway? No vibration problem here.

Niagara Health Systems St. Catherines Hospital

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Architecture of wellness.

Bridgepoint Active Healthcare

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Studio & Broadcast

Acoustic performance is an important and nuanced element of the success of every studio and broadcast project. Film, television, radio, recording, and performance – acoustic design needs to be considered, coordinated, and detailed early on. This can mean monitoring noise and vibration to design the right exterior assembly or the choosing the right isolation technique for a sensitive studio.

Aercoustics has a strong background in studio design. We integrate with the design team and consultants to guide design and work to minimize cost of construction. Our proprietary approach is based on years of experience and an understanding of studio work and the needs of the end user and operator.

We have supported the new Maison Radio-Canada, Calgary Film Centre, Toronto’s Pinewood Studios, Corus Quay on Toronto’s waterfront, and we are in the midst of providing these planning and design services to the Hamilton Studio District – a multi-million-dollar film and media hub planned for Hamilton, Ontario. We pride ourselves being able to develop and coordinate effective and creative solutions for the challenges of renovated studios including Rogers Radio on Toronto’s east side and Lynx Music. Some of our repeat studio clients include Rogers, Deluxe, and the Canadian Broadcast Corporation (CBC).

Sports

The adrenaline high of the home-team advantage and the best of arena shows has everything to do with sound quality. Aercoustics uses our theatre and studio experience to design superior spaces flexible to the needs of any sports league and world class concert environment.

We used this approach on the renovation of the iconic Maple Leaf Gardens. The ice surface was moved higher to create a new rink, a grocery store was inserted on the main floor, and new spaces were added for the Ryerson University Athletic Centre.

Aercoustics created new acoustic software and modelling techniques to predict and make recommendations which included innovative, custom solutions for the floors and ceiling. Using fixed acoustic absorption, the look and feel of the building remain the same but now it has many multi-use spaces that with superior acoustical qualities.

Environmental noise can also be a significant problem for sports venues. The 40,000-seat Mosaic Stadium sits next to residential neighbourhoods in Regina, Saskatchewan. The stadium is home to the CFL’s Saskatchewan Roughriders. Aercoustics incorporated noise controls for environmental noise in parallel with the architectural design for the stadium, making the CFL a better neighbour.

Aercoustics works to deliver the best possible fan experience and a solid home-team advantage, all while balancing the needs of the wider community. Sound quality and noise control are crucial to those goals.

Commercial Fit-out

Aercoustics has supported inventive and collaborative offices across North America, including Uber, Shopify, RBC, Globe and Mail, and many more. We leverage our experience in leading office design to hit the ground running and help produce outstanding projects.

As we see it, Aercoustics’ job is helping the design team and clients understand their expectations and design vision from an acoustic perspective. That means achieving the right level of privacy, noise control, and clarity across meeting rooms, work stations, and collaborative areas, ensuring the vision remains intact without compromising style or acoustical integrity.

These are all great expectations of an office space, yet they can also mean conflicts between the design and construction reality. We find the right balance by using sophisticated acoustic design tools and an intelligent, collaborative design approach. That includes fine tuning acoustic design recommendations to capitalize on all cost saving opportunities. We search for and troubleshoot innovative ways to develop and introduce acoustic treatment and separations, while ensuring that the look and feel of the space stays in line with the client’s objectives.

The healthy workplace.

Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario

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We practice what we preach.

Aercoustics’ office

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Commercial Base Building

Office towers need to attract and retain high value tenants. We know from our work with landlords, developers, and tenants that acoustic comfort and flexibility are increasingly important factors. Design considerations for commercial base buildings can be complicated. These commercial hubs are often placed on complex sites – connected to public transit and sharing space with residential towers and retail. These traits are important to the project’s success, but need acoustic design consideration to make sure performance passes muster.

Aercoustics has furnished top notch, flexible acoustics at major office towers across North America. This includes several major developments on the Toronto waterfront, the Globe and Mail Centre, Catalyst Building in Spokane Washington, and Manitoba Hydro’s LEED Platinum Headquarters. We can help you deliver high performance, comfortable acoustics that is flexible to all future tenants.

Residential

We routinely deliver acoustic design and environmental assessment services to clients for a wide range of residential developments of every size. Our work and acoustic assessment strategies have consistently been favourably reviewed by regulatory authorities. Our consulting services for each of these projects demonstrate our familiarity with the Tarion Bulletin 19 requirements and our ability to efficiently and effectively deliver acoustic design success for condominium projects. By working closely with the design team, we have brought life to thoughtful spaces, marked by acoustic comfort – like the Transit City towers in the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre and Calgary’s Alberta Boot towers.

Updates to the Ontario Building Code have made a significant impact on acoustics as it relates to residential developments. These changes specify a higher standard for design and testing with regards to the sound isolation performance of partitions, or “Apparent Sound Transmission Class” (ASTC). To put it bluntly, not all consultants can give the right guidance through these tough requirements. There is considerable risk of inflating the construction budget or simply not meeting code without the right consultants on your team. The residential world now works under much more stringent acoustical design and testing requirements than the past. Aercoustics can help.

Mixed Use

In areas where space is at a premium, developers are combining retail, residential, and commercial uses into a single location. Residential amenities are no longer limited to a swimming pool or small gym. These amenities now commonly include grocery stores, fitness centres, restaurants, co-working spaces and doggy day-cares.

Buildings with multiple uses can be a blessing or a curse. Combining a residential space with a place to socialize or work can bring multiple acoustic challenges that need to be addressed before construction. The nature of mixed-use development is evolving and not all of these noisy neighbours are addressed in the building code. Aercoustics helps mitigate the acoustic risks that come from competing, sensitive uses and support developers and tenants in adhering to environmental regulations. Our experts design to meet all acoustic performance requirements from Tarion to local building code and we have the experience to fill in the gaps to prevent tenant complaints after construction. Our successes have been proven many times over. With Aercoustics’ help the residents of the Lansdowne Park Redevelopment comfortably co-exist with the 24,000 seat, open air TD Place Stadium.

Arts and culture downtown.

TIFF Bell Lightbox & Festival Tower condominiums

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Courthouse

Modern day courtrooms have been designed as black box theatres with no natural light or natural acoustics. Courtroom design migrated to this acoustically “dead” environment because of the need to incorporate audio-visual equipment and recording equipment into the courts.

Aercoustics has rewritten the standards for acoustics in the courtroom – literally. You don’t need to sacrifice natural acoustics in order to meet government standards and ensure compatibility with audio-visual systems.

One of our key acoustical innovations is to employ design parameters that are typically used for performing arts centres – optimize the space for natural acoustics. This approach allows for a judge or participants to speak and for their speech to be heard clearly throughout the space. These principles apply to traditional courtrooms and unique spaces hosting direct accountability and restorative justice programs.

Aercoustics helps deliver open and effective courthouses that play a significant role in the civic and social realm. Clear communication is essential and we take that seriously.

Wood

Wood has long been regarded as a viable material for construction thanks to numerous factors, namely design flexibility, efficiency, and affordability—making it especially popular for smaller housing projects. Add in a smaller carbon footprint than concrete or steel, and wood can also be seen as a much more sustainable choice. But from an acoustical standpoint, there are concerns that cannot be ignored.

How soundproof are wood-framed buildings? Can occupants come to enjoy the same privacy in wood structures as they have come to expect from steel and concrete buildings? The short answer to both of these questions is ‘yes’ – but only when the building is properly designed.

Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) construction is a new sector in the industry and is still evolving. We work with our clients to evaluate different design options using CLT to ensure that acoustical separation design targets are met. The current industry standards do not always work with wood construction and careful and innovative approaches are often required to find practical and cost-effective solutions. We understand the gaps of bare-minimum code design and can deliver projects that are as acoustically comfortable and private as you require. This approach has been very successful on the Eastern Washington University Catalyst Building and Wood Innovation and Design Centre projects.

Laboratory

From considering the potential noise and vibration impact from environmental and mechanical sources and vibration isolation design for sensitive equipment, Aercoustics Engineering Limited has the capabilities and technology to provide full service acoustical engineering services for any research and development or laboratory facility.

At 285,000 square feet, the University of Waterloo Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum Nano Centre is one of the first buildings with many vibration sensitive labs within one building. Aercoustics was proud to contribute to the design of this building, meeting the highest scientific standards for vibration control.

Aercoustics employs an unparalleled understanding of acoustic and vibration design criteria to address issues that pose significant risk to the performance of the research equipment. Rail and other external vibration sources can have a significant impact on the feasibility, layout, and budget for labs with sensitive equipment such as MRIs, Electron Microscopes, and CT scanners. Aercoustics has the experience to effectively and efficiently mitigate the vibration impact. The Sick Kids Research and Learning Institute included all the vibration sensitive uses, and was also located adjacent to an Enwave energy centre – a major noise and vibration source.