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The 100,000 square foot addition to the University of Pennsylvania’s Biddle Law Library included lecture halls, audio recording facilities, a two-story reference area, and general library space.

Full architectural and mechanical acoustic services were provided. First, we conducted a survey to assess existing acoustical conditions. Based on the results of this survey, we developed recommendations for the addition to ensure that the same environment was translated into the design. For each room we specified ceiling and wall finishes. The absorptive properties of recommended materials varied depending on the function of a room.

We also addressed environmental noise control for this job. Since the library is located across the street from university dormitories and student apartments, and adjacent to existing classroom space, we predicted the level of construction noise transmission into dormitories and classrooms. Noise reduction measures were detailed, reducing noise impact on the existing classrooms.


Client: Davis Brody Bond, Cosentini Associates
Project Type: New Construction
Size: 100,000 sf
Location: Philadelphia, PA