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University of Waterloo School of Architecture

University of Waterloo School of Architecture Acoustics

Location: Cambridge, Ontario, Canada
Architect: Levitt Goodman Architects Ltd.
Contractors:  Alberici Constructors, Ltd.
Owner/Operator:  University of Waterloo

The School of Architecture is one of the professional schools of the University of Waterloo.  It is part of the Faculty of Engineering and is located on a satellite campus in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada. Some of Canada’s most prominent architects are graduates of the school.

The project is part of the city of Cambridge’s revitalization plan of its city core and involved the restoration and conversion of an historic, 85,000 square foot industrial silk mill. This $8.5 million project includes design studios, labs, classrooms, lecture halls and exhibition galleries, a public auditorium and a café.

The building also features the Musagetes Architecture Library, a full-service branch of the University of Waterloo’s Library system. This  $2.5 million, 13,000 square feet work/study area provides an enhanced research environment for its student and faculty patrons.

HGC Engineering provided comprehensive noise, vibration and acoustical consulting engineering services for this restoration and conversion project.

Acoustical Consulting Services Included:

  • Sound Transmission Class (STC) and Impact Insulation Class (IIC) testing
  • Acoustical Assessment and Optimization of Main Spaces
  • Building Services Noise and Vibration control (HVAC Systems, Pumps, Compactors, Generators, etc)
  • Acoustical Privacy Between Offices, Meeting Rooms, Study Areas
  • Noise and Vibration Control of Common Spaces
  • Structural Vibration Assessment
  • Shop Drawing Review
  • Site Inspections



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