Case Studies

L.R. Wilson Hall for Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences, McMaster University

Location: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Architects: CS&P Architects
Contractors: Bondfield
Owner/Operator: McMaster University

HGC Engineering provided comprehensive acoustical engineering services to this state-of-the-art teaching, learning and research facility that serves as a home for liberal arts students and faculty. Inside the 150,000 square-foot, LEED Gold, five-storey building, students have access to a 350-seat Concert Hall and associated support spaces; a 150-seat black-box theatre; a 400-seat multi-purpose lecture theatre; 14 music practice studios plus a large percussion studio; several interactive classrooms of varying size; community outreach spaces as well as a Café and student commons. The $55-million structure holds a number of new facilities shared between the Faculty of Humanities and the Faculty of Social Sciences including various specialized labs: a NeuroVox Lab, a Language Memory and Brain Lab, a Phonetics Lab, a Music Lab, an Eye Tracking Lab and a Centre for Study of Language.

Acoustical Consulting Services Include:

  • Building Services Noise and Vibration control (HVAC Systems, Pumps, Compactors, Generators, etc)
  • Acoustical Privacy Between classrooms, offices, labs, meeting rooms etc.
  • Noise and Vibration Control of Common Spaces
  • Shop Drawing Review
  • Site Inspections




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