MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
Washington, DC

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

The construction of the new medical /surgical pavilion, will transform the way personalized care is delivered, deploy new technologies and meet the needs of families throughout the region and beyond. By bringing innovative therapies from the laboratory to the patient bedside, the new building’s overall acoustics will help them embody cura personalis – care of the whole person.

Signature Solutions: Our team developed and provided acoustic design criteria, with the goal to bring a sense of calm to all areas of the PX – from the underground parking garage to the emergency department that can be directly accessed from a rooftop helipad.

Cerami also collaborated with the structural engineers to ensure specific vibration criteria are met throughout the building in sensitive equipment areas, including operating room, imaging suites and laboratories.

Construction Noise Monitoring 

Additionally, Cerami provided construction noise monitoring services for the MedStar site throughout all phases of construction. Located in a highly populated residential area, Cerami performed extensive monitoring to ensure noise disturbances to the surrounding community were kept at a minimum. Construction noise monitoring on site was particularly challenging due to the size of the site and its proximity to the surrounding community and residents’ townhouses.

Normally housed offsite, a concrete batch plant was brought to MedStar for increased efficiency, contributing to noise disturbances. To combat the disruption from the additional trucks, sifters, and debris, the Cerami team conducted extensive sound studies on off-site batch plants. Through our findings, we were able to create 3-D models to present to stakeholders demonstrating the impact and associated mitigation strategies.

Some of our noise mitigation strategies included the evaluation of equipment and the recommendation of less noisy alternatives, the implementation of physical noise barriers around the site perimeter, and when residents opted in, the direct installation of noise-reducing window treatments to surrounding homes.

The key to our noise monitoring approach at MedStar was communication. With transparent messaging, we worked with all project stakeholders. From client decision makers to the construction team members and affected community we ensured comprehensive mitigation strategies were in place, thus securing long-term project success. Through monitoring efforts at all stages of construction, the Cerami project team was able to avoid noise-induced scheduling delays, ensuring the project stayed on track and on budget.

MedStar Georgetown Medical Center

Owner’s Representative:
Trammell Crow Company

HKS Architects
Shalom Baranes Associates

BR+A Consulting Engineers

Cardno Haynes Whaley

Civil Engineer:

“The community noted how the monitoring program was an effective tool to manage expectations and expressed their gratitude for all of [Cerami’s] hard work and attention to detail on the project.”
– Emily Emrick, Shalom Baranes Associates, Senior Principal for the MedStar Georgetown University Hospital Surgical Pavilion Project