Architectural Acoustics : Principles and Practice

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-11-16
  • Publisher: Wiley

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Recognized as the key reference to acoustic principles for architects and interior designers, this book provides comprehensive, up-to-date coverage of the principles, materials, and technologies for controlling and directing wanted or unwanted sounds within and around buildings. Updated throughout, this Second Edition adds new Information on acoustical standards and guidelines in "green and sustainable" architecture and building design as well as nearly double the number of case studies demonstrating real-world applications.

Author Biography

William J. Cavanaugh, FASA, INCE (Bd. Cert.), is a founding partner and senior principal emeritus of Cavanaugh Tocci Associates, Inc., an acoustical consulting firm based in Sudbury, Massachusetts. His distinguished career as an acoustical consultant to the world's leading architectural and engineering firms and as a teacher at architectural schools spans more than four decades. He has served as president of both the National Council of Acoustical Consultants and the Institute of Noise Control Engineering. He was awarded the prestigious Wallace Clement Sabine Medal, the Acoustical Society of America's highest honor in architectural acoustics, in 2006.

Gregory C. Tocci, FASA, INCE (Bd. Cert.), a registered professional engineer, is founding partner, president, and chief executive officer of Cavanaugh Tocci Associates, Inc. His extensive background and experience as a mechanical engineer brings important insights to solving mechanical system noise and structural vibration problems in buildings. He has served as president of the Institute of Noise Control Engineering and the National Council of Acoustical Consultants, and is a co-chair of American National Standards Institute Committee S12 Noise, Working Group 44 on Speech Privacy.

Joseph A. Wilkes, FAIA, is a registered architect and the editor of the five-volume Encyclopedia of Architecture (Wiley). He has taught at the schools of architecture at the University of Florida and the University of Maryland and has served on the Building Research Advisory Board of the National Academy of Sciences.

Table of Contents

About the Authors
Introduction to Architectural Acoustics and Basic Principles
Basic Concepts
Design Criteria
Selected Standards in Building Acoustics
References and Further Reading
Case Study: Fogg Art Museum Lecture Hall, Harvard University (1895--1973): The Beginnings of Modern Architectural Acoustics
Case Study: A Timeline of Some Significant Events in Architectural Acoustics since Sabine's Pioneering Work at the Fogg Museum Lecture Hall
Acoustical Materials and Methods
Sound Attenuation
Sound Absorption
Common Building Materials
Acoustical Materials
Special Devices
Performance Table
References and Further Reading
Selected Web Resources
Case Study: Duke University Chapel: A Lesson on Acoustical Materials
Case Study: Boston Waterfront Development Under a Flight Path: Sound Isolating Fašade Constructions to Reduce Intrusive Noise
Case Study: Berklee College of Music: Sound Isolating Constructions between Percussions Studios
Building Noise Control Applications
Acoustical Analysis
Standards Organizations for the Building Industry
Overview of Building Noise Control Design
References and Further Reading
Case Study: Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts: Cooling Tower Sound Isolation
Case Study: Field Impact Insulation Class (FIIC) Rating Measurements of Condominium Floor/Ceiling Construction
Case Study: Noise Insulation Class (NIC) Rating Measurements of a Hotel Guestroom Door
Case Study: 500 Atlantic Avenue Hotel/Condominium Building Vibration Isolation
Acoustical Design: Places for Listening
Sound Outdoors and Transition to Indoor Acoustics
Concert Halls and Recital Halls
Opera Houses, Theaters, General-Purpose Auditoria, and Worship Spaces
Other Places for Speech and Music Activities
References and Further Reading
Case Study: Holy Cross Church, Dewitt, New York
Case Study: Mitchell Hall at the University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware--Historic Renovation
Case Study: The New Hitchcock Presbyterian Church, Scarsdale, New York
Case Study: Katherine M. Elfers Concert Hall at the Esther Eastman Music Center, Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, Connecticut
Case Study: Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood Music Center, Lenox, Massachusetts
Case Study: Hollywood Bowl Stage Redesign, Los Angeles, California
Sound Systems
Loudspeaker Systems
Examples of Sound Reinforcement and Reproduction Systems
Special Sound System Installations
References and Further Readings
Case Study: Hanover Theatre, Worcester, Massachusetts
Case Study: Agganis Arena and Boston University Fitness and Recreation Center, Boston, Massachusetts
Case Study: Ave Maria University Oratory, Ave Maria, Florida
Case Study: University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut
Case Study: Rhode Island Senate Chamber, Providence, Rhode Island
Case Study: Northfield Mount Hermon School Rhodes Arts Center, Northfield, Massachusetts
Case Study: Tufts University Granoff Music Center, Medford, Massachusetts
Case Study: Jay Pritzker Music Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois
Recent Innovations in Acoustical Design and Research
Understanding and Measuring Room Acoustic Qualities
Acoustical Modeling and Aural Simulation
Other Directions in Architectural Acoustics Research
References and Further Reading
Case Study: Segerstrom Hall, Orange County Performing Arts Center, Orange County, California
Case Study: McDermott Concert Hall, Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas, Texas
Case Study: Evangeline Atwood Concert Hall, Alaska Center for the Performing Arts, Anchorage, Alaska
Case Study: Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth, Texas
Case Study: The Esplanade Concert Hall, Theaters on the Bay, Singapore
Case Study: Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall: Takemitsu Memorial, Tokyo, Japan
Case Study: Sound Focusing in a Small Conference Room
Case Study: Reflected Sound and Reverberation in a Large Catholic Church
Case Study: Effects of Multiple Sources on Room Response
Case Study: Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, California
Sustainable Design and Acoustics
Organizations Leading the Green Building Movement
Acoustical Challenges of Green Design
Post-Occupancy Evaluations of Green Buildings
Examples of Building Types Designed for Green Ratings
References and Further Reading
Case Study: Global Ecology Research Center at Stanford University, Palo Alto, California
Case Study: Dougherty Valley High School, San Ramon, California
Case Study: Charles M. Salter Associates (CSA) Tenant Improvement Office, San Francisco, California
Conversion Factors, Abbreviations, and Unit Symbols
Acoustical Societies throughout the World
Selection of an Acoustical Consultant
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