Commercial Buildings / Hospitality / Projects

Poised at 1,125 feet along the Chicago River at the junction of the Loop and North Michigan Avenue, the Trump International Hotel and Tower will be the fourth tallest building in Chicago. Cerami & Associates is working closely with architect Skidmore, Owings & Merrill to ensure the acoustics of the building reflect its luxury standards.

The most significant challenge of this project is the acoustical separation between the hotel amenities areas, such as the ballroom and restaurants, and the residential floors. In order to reduce airborne noise transmission between vertically adjacent spaces, we recommended thick concrete floor slabs on top metal decks, and sound barrier ceilings.

In such a tall building, mechanical floors need to be situated throughout the tower in order to properly service all floors. Mechanical system noise control is critical in ensuring a luxury standard for the building. The mechanical floors house mostly air handlers, exhaust fans and pumps. In order to reduce noise transmitted vertically to residential or hotel spaces, we recommended that a shaft wall be provided along the backside of the curtain wall for the full perimeter of the space.


Client: Skidmore Owings & Merrill
Project Type: New Construction
Size: 2,600,000 sf
Location: Chicago, IL