Religious Facility Acoustical Design

Religious facility acoustics

The Presbyterian Church of Westfield, Westfield, New Jersey

The Presbyterian Church of Westfield, Westfield, New Jersey · OAA provided acoustical consultation for the sanctuary renovation of the historic Westfield Presbyterian Church. In addition to services, the sanctuary is used by the Westfield Symphony Orchestra. Issues included:

  • Acoustical guidance on modifications to the chancel to reduce an imbalance in organ levels between the nave and chancel.
  • Design of audio-visual systems for sound reinforcement of speech and the ability to make archival audio and video recordings.
  • Sound isolation, noise control, and vibration control guidance for the addition of an air conditioning system with a new mechanical room in the attic above the sanctuary.

To quote the Star-Ledger concerning a Westfield Symphony concert in the renovated sanctuary:

…the passionate playing, the sharp contrasts, the bold statements followed by silences were lots of fun and made doubly exciting by the smallish size and lively acoustics of the Westfield venue…. And the excitement lent to the proceedings by the hall added equally to the success of the symphony …”

Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Springfield, New Jersey · Comprehensive services were provided for the new 15,000 sq. ft. sanctuary including room acoustics design, sound isolating construction, sound system design, and HVAC noise and vibration control.

Reformed Church of Bushkill, Bushkill, Pennsylvania · OAA assisted this congregation with an evaluation of the proposed design/build documents for their new church and provided recommendations for sanctuary acoustics.

St. Catherine of Siena Church, Mountain Lakes, New Jersey · The church hall had unsatisfactory acoustics. Lectures and plays were unintelligible even with a sound system, and basketball games were deafening. Acoustical measurements and an analysis by OAA identified the quantity, quality, and location of remedial finishes to control the reverberation and create an acoustically acceptable environment for parish events.

Chapel for Dock Woods Retirement Community, Hatsfield, Pennsylvania · OAA provided room acoustics services concerning this semi-circular 275-seat chapel. Shaping and finishes were identified to promote natural speech reinforcement, appropriate reverberation, and control of echo.

Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Rochester, New York · Ostergaard Acoustical Associates provided comprehensive acoustical and audio visual services for this major addition. In addition to the new sanctuary, the fellowship hall functions as sanctuary expansion space for holiday services. This is OAA’s fifth project for Bero Architecture.

Seventh Day Adventist Church, Trenton, New Jersey · Based on an analysis of the sanctuary acoustics, a state-of-the-art theatrical type sound system was programmed and specified for this dynamic congregation.

Calvary Evangelical Free Church, Essex Fells, New Jersey · Comprehensive acoustical engineering services assured that this multi-purpose room acoustics would meet the needs of musical performance, theatrical events, dinners, and athletics. Services included guidance concerning room finishes, sound isolating constructions, sound system design, and HVAC noise control.

First Baptist of Lincoln Gardens, Somerset, New Jersey · All activity was stopped on this large edifice prior to the completion of construction. Following a multi-year hiatus, construction has resumed with OAA as the new team’s acoustical consultant. Services included analysis of the 3,500-seat sanctuary resulting in a new ceiling design. The HVAC system was redesigned for better airflow and quiet. The environmental noise of rooftop equipment was evaluated and recommendations given to assure compliance with the New Jersey Noise Code.

Additional Religious Projects

  • Agudas Yisrael, Passaic Park, NJ
  • Alma College Chapel, Alma, Michigan
  • Beth Or Synagogue, Upper Dublin, PA
  • Chapel Renovation, Colgate U., Hamilton, NY
  • Chapin Hill Retreat Zendo, Stafford, NY
  • Cho Dae Presbyterian Church, Norwood, NJ
  • First Presbyterian Church, Haddonfield, NJ
  • First Presbyterian Church, New Canaan, CT
  • Hargrove Military Academy Chapel, Chatham, VA
  • Lafayette Federated Church, Lafayette, NJ
  • Mosque, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • New Hope Baptist Church, East Orange, NJ
  • Prospect Presbyterian Church, Maplewood, NJ
  • Tenafly Jewish Community Center, Tenafly, NJ
  • The Presbyterian Church of NJ, Oakland, NJ
  • Université Libre du Congo Chapel, West Congo, Africa

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