Healthcare / Hospitals / Projects / Science & Research

MSKCC’s new research tower consists of 15 floors of laboratory space located in a tower above a church rectory space and two extensive vivarium floors.

During Phase 1 of the project, we addressed several challenging acoustical issues. One was mitigating mechanical and emergency generator noise transmission to the residential neighbors and the church near the site. This required testing and analysis of the generators and specification of silencers and enclosures for the equipment. In addition, for the highly sensitive laboratories and vivariums, we reviewed the building layout, the mechanical equipment and the construction finishes. Our review ensured that these areas would not be disturbed by noise and vibration. We also reviewed the large campus-wide heating and refrigeration plan to ensure that this system would be not disruptive to any of the research tower areas.

Phase 2 of the project included the construction of a large auditorium for the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center campus. The location of this space was of primary concern for two reasons: one, the building is located in a high traffic area in Manhattan, so control of external noise was very important, and two, a fitness center is located adjacent to the auditorium. We carefully reviewed the finishes of both the auditorium and the fitness center to ensure that the activities taking place in either of these locations would not disrupt activities in the other location.


Client: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects
Project Type: New Construction
Size: 697,000 sf
Location: New York, NY

  • Specified silencers and enclosures for mechanical and emergency generators to reduce noise transmission to residential and church neighbors
  • Reviewed finishes in auditorium and fitness center to ensure minimal noise distraction between spaces