Designing the resilient lab.
Aercoustics is at the forefront of acoustics for laboratory design, from human comfort and research integrity to sustainability and new building types. Mass timber construction is an evolving building type. While primarily used in commercial and residential design, mass timber is becoming more popular for technically complex projects – such as laboratory and research developments including the new CAMH Research & Discovery Centre. The current industry standards do not always work with wood construction. Careful and innovative approaches are required to find practical and cost-effective solutions, particularly with the highly technical requirements of research projects. Mass timber’s lightweight construction presents challenges with vibration isolation for research imaging and sound isolation performance across all spaces. Our team has developed strategies to resolve these issues, including strategic location of sensitive uses, adding resilient pads between structural timber elements, and incorporating decoupling elements into the wall or floor assemblies.