Hospital and Medical Center Acoustical Engineering

University Medical Center Hospital Noise Study · To further boost its scores on Medicare patient satisfaction surveys, a major medical center hospital wanted to create a quieter, more restful environment. Ostergaard Acoustical Associates was retained to evaluate the sources of noise and identify practical improvements. Recommendations included steps for quieting sources of noise and architectural changes to reduce the travel of sound.

ICU Tower, McLeod Medical Center, Florence, South Carolina · The new nine-story ICU Tower rises over an existing structure at the center of the McLeod Medical Center.  OAA’s acoustical consultations included both the base building and the tower fit-out.  Base building issues include a major mechanical room at the third floor level below an ICU patient floor, multiple 1500 kW emergency generators near existing and future patient rooms, and HVAC system noise control.  ICU fit-out issues include patient room sound isolation and HVAC noise control to meet LEED for Healthcare acoustical criteria.

Healthcare facility acoustics

Pathology Laboratory, University of Rochester Medical Center

Pathology Laboratory, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, New York · A new pathology laboratory planned for an existing area of the University of Rochester Medical Center is adjacent to elevators and a major new mechanical penthouse above the laboratory.  Since vibration-sensitive, 400X magnification microscopes will be used in the laboratory, it is important that building vibration not blur the images.  At the request of SWBR Architects, Ostergaard Acoustical Associates evaluated elevator vibration impact and identified vibration control measures for the mechanical penthouse.

Matheny School and Hospital, Peapack, New Jersey · The interior of a historic carriage house was renovated into a Medical and Dental Clinic for the school.  This included two floors of offices and examining rooms with extensive HVAC equipment in the attic space above.  Ostergaard Acoustical Associates provided analysis and recommended sound isolating constructions as well as noise and vibration control measures to achieve quiet on the two floors.

New York Presbyterian Hospital, New York, New York
Department of Surgery — This interior expansion and renovation involves 44,000 ft2 in the 68th Street Campus of New York Presbyterian Hospital.  A wide range of spaces, including a surgical simulation suite, required careful acoustical attention.  Issues included:  room acoustics for hearing and comfort; selection of sound isolating constructions to control intrusion, and HVAC noise control.  A sound masking system was specified and tuned by Ostergaard Acoustical Associates to meet HIPAA speech privacy requirements and reduce the cost of partitions.

Iris Cantor Men’s Health Center — A fit-out of leased space including design of sound isolating constructions, a masking sound system to assure privacy between examining rooms, and HVAC noise control.

Skills Acquisition and Innovation Laboratory — This new training facility for the Department of Surgery includes state-of-the-art teaching environments with simulated surgery.

North Jersey Orthopaedic Specialists, Teaneck, New Jersey · Conducted vibration analysis of site adjacent to rail line for suitability for MRI installation.  Specified vertical and horizontal acoustical isolation details for the magnet room.

Crescent Associates, White Plains, New York · Property management received complaints from tenants adjacent to a newly installed MRI in an existing building.  OAA analyzed noise paths and developed retrofit measures to mitigate complaints.

Healthcare facility acoustics

Montclair Breast Center

Montclair Breast Center, Montclair, New Jersey · Client expanded this facility by excavating beneath the building for installation of an MRI Suite.  The MRI was located beneath patient examinations rooms and offices and adjacent to a surgery suite, requiring extensive noise and vibration control to assure inaudibility of scans in adjacent spaces.

Additional Healthcare Projects

  • Chilton Memorial Hospital, Pompton Plains, New Jersey
  • Energy Center, Tampa General Hospital, Tampa, Florida
  • Eye Surgery Suite, Kettering Medical Center, Kettering, Ohio
  • Morristown Memorial Hospital, Morristown, New Jersey
  • Portsmouth Naval Hospital, Portsmouth, Virginia

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