Cerami provided acoustical and audiovisual services for this extraordinary landmark building in Manhattan’s financial district. One of New York City’s first high rise buildings, 5 Beekman was originally constructed to house law firms but now this unique historic structure has been transformed into a luxury hotel and residences.
The large 9-story atrium was a main focus for the acoustical design. A computer model of the atrium lobby was created to evaluate and provide guidance for proper reverberation control to ensure speech intelligibility. In addition, we worked to ensure appropriate sound separation between the rooms by specifying a demising wall and floor/ceiling construction that met both the NYC Code and the high standards of the design team. Attention was also paid to the noise and vibration from the various nearby transportation sources, including the subways and traffic leading to the Brooklyn Bridge.
Maintaining the historic integrity posed a challenge for our AV design team. The old world 1882-1883 architecture required careful selection of AV devices that would convey requirements without detracting from the interior’s historic charm. We designed a state of the art digitally distributed music system and high definition video for event spaces.