Case Studies

Kitchener Public Library

Location: Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
Architect: Levitt Goodman Architects Ltd.
Engineering: WalterFedy

The project is a $49-million expansion of the heritage Kitchener Public Library. The redevelopment saw the complete renovation of all three floors of the existing Main Library along with the construction of a new two-storey extension and a three-storey underground parking garage.

Janna Levitt of LGA Architectural Partners said the project was like putting a ship in a bottle, in that the new design incorporates a modern glass facade that acts as a sculptural wrapper of the original 60s era structure.

The library which was also upgraded to support the City of Kitchener’s move towards LEED Gold standards recently won a Library Building Award from the Ontario Library Association.

HGC Engineering provided comprehensive acoustical consulting and design guidance for this major redevelopment project. The main reading room is a two-storey-high space which features a cafe, a lounge, worktables and the occasional music and cultural performances. A new ceiling incorporating sound dampening features helps create an acoustically healthy and calming environment for the library’s main space. It also contains a renovated theatre/recital hall.

Acoustical Engineering Services Delivered Include:

  • Sound Transmission Class (STC) and Impact Insulation Class (IIC) testing
  • Acoustical Assessment and Optimization of Main Spaces and Public Auditorium
  • Building Services Noise and Vibration control (HVAC Systems, Pumps, Compactors, Generators, etc)
  • Acoustical Privacy Between Offices, Meeting Rooms, Study Areas
  • Acoustical Design and Treatment of Public Areas for Freedom form Distraction




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