One Vanderbilt
New York, NY

One Vanderbilt

How Does NYC Sound from 1400 Feet? (You’ll have to come up and hear it for yourself)

We could regale you with stories of our amazingly tight acoustical design collaboration at One Vanderbilt. We could talk about the intricacies of measuring vibrations coming from the NYC Subway, even before the ground was broken. We could write 67 stories, one for each floor, each with its mechanical operation and therefore, acoustic plan. Instead, we’re focusing on how we made sure nothing (like the noise from cooling fans) will get in the way of guests experiencing One Vanderbilt’s Summit.

Signature Acoustic Solution:

The Summit

With millions of people lining to go up in a fully glazed elevator aptly called Ascent, for the most spectacular sweeping views in NYC, we needed to create an acoustic experience in line with the total experience. The problem was adjacent cooling towers, all running at 100%.

Using Cerami’s Acoustic Reality System™, we were able to test different cooling tower design options, virtually, so that JB&B, SL Green and Tishman could hear how each option would impact the experience before making the final decision.

Owner & Developer:
SL Green

Development Manager:


Immersive Art:
Kenzo Digital

Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF)

Interior Architects:

Mechanical Engineers:
Jaros, Baum & Bolles

Severud Associates

Civil/Geotechnical Engineer: