Cerami and Associates worked closely with KPF on the design and review of the new mixed-use building at the New York University School of Law. The various spaces in this building include classrooms, seminar rooms, conference rooms, offices, residential spaces and mechanical rooms.
For the classrooms, seminar rooms, and conference rooms, we made recommendations for acoustical floors, ceilings, and wall finishes to control impact noise and ensure privacy. One great concern was noise transmission from the busy street. In order to mitigate the street noise, we recommended glazing for the windows, which greatly reduces the noise from vehicular traffic and enhances voice projection within the rooms. We also specified sound isolation for the elevators, so that the mechanical noise would not impact building tenants.
Another concern was noise control between the faculty and administrative office spaces. We recommended slab partitions for offices with a higher level of activity such as speakerphone usage, as well as window glazing and surface finish treatments, to mitigate possible reverberation.