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Cerami & Associates provided acoustical consulting services for The New York Times Headquarters building at 820 Eighth Avenue.

The base building mechanical systems included a rooftop cogeneration plant located adjacent to a hotel, and stacked atop NYT’s newsroom. The entire plant was designed to incorporate an isolated enclosure to mitigate transfer of noise/vibration to the building structure and neighborhood. Additionally, the building faces Port Authority, an open air facility serving over 7,000 buses daily. The acoustical survey and analysis of this noise source was influential in selecting appropriate glazing to mitigate impact.

NYT sought to migrate towards an open, collaborative and flexible work environment. To assist in facilitating this change, Cerami provided a project tour of Owens Corning’s Headquarters – pioneers in the transition to flexible workspace. Cerami conducted mock-up tests to evaluate noise impact on office privacy and provided sound masking system, and office systems solutions with varying partition heights.

Client: Renzo Piano Building Workshop, FXFOWLE, Gensler (Interiors)
Project Type: New Construction
Size: 800,000 sf
Location: New York, NY

  • Assisted in designing the mechanical system with an isolated enclosure to mitigate transfer noise/vibration
  • Conducted acoustical survey and analysis for noise from Port Authority in order to select appropriate glazing to mitigate noise impact
  • Recommended office system solutions and sound masking to assist in NYT transition to open, collaborative and flexible work space
  • 2009 AIA Honor Award for Architecture