From our geographically central location, Soundscape Engineering LLC's acoustical consultants and noise and vibration control engineers serve clients located throughout North America - in Chicago, Illinois; Detroit, Grand Rapids, Lansing, Ann Arbor, and Petoskey, Michigan; Milwaukee and Madison Wisconsin; Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, South Bend, and Northwest Indiana; Los Angeles, California; Vancouver, British Columbia; Dayton and Cincinnati Ohio, Winnipeg Manitoba; Saskatoon and Regina Saskatchewan; and elsewhere. Our engineers consult on issues of room acoustics, sound isolation, speech privacy, HVAC noise control, building vibration, and exterior noise impact. They also provide acoustic and vibration measurement services.

Acoustics. Aural aesthetics. Increased productivity. Decreased distraction. Better sleep. Deeper understanding.
Don’t we all deserve this in our buildings?

Naturally we think of acoustics for an auditorium, a music space or a worship space. But how about when we cannot hear over loud background noise from traffic or HVAC equipment? How about when we cannot concentrate at work? When we hear our neighbors? Sleepless at the hospital?

Acoustics, noise control and vibration control are an integral part of the building design. Spaces are designed for people, and people are happier when they are comfortable. And owners are happier when their building is serving its purpose.

Soundscape Engineering LLC is an independent acoustics and vibrations consulting firm. We are not a product vendor. We provide unbiased assessment, design, and measurement services. We work with designers, builders, and owners to improve the soundscapes in which we work, live, and play.

Most Recent News & Editorials

    • by Nathan Sevener

       

      ‘Floating floors’ are often recommended by acoustical consultants when there is a need to isolate adjacent spaces within the building from impact generated noise – for example, when a fitness center is located in a mixed-use building – and when noise and vibration generating equipment must be located on an upper floor over noise sensitive spaces.  These floating floors consist of resilient pads laid down in a grid over the structural floor and layers of plywood or other lightweight boards placed on top of these pads.  When the floating floor must support a greater load or provide better airborne sound isolation,

    • Outdoor Noise Intrusion into Condos, Apartments, Hotels, Dormitories and Single-Family Homes  

       

      by Nathan Sevener

       

      Assessing and improving the sound insulation provided by residential building envelopes is one of the aspects of acoustics that we are most commonly asked to address for condos, apartments, hotels, dormitories, and single-family homes.  Residences may be located next to busy roads, near train tracks, under flight paths, or in just generally loud urban settings with accelerating buses, emergency vehicle sirens, honking horns, and other myriad sounds of the city. 

       

      We begin our analysis by measuring the sound level at the project site.  For residential developments, we typically log the noise levels for 24 to 48 hours

    • Anna Catton, working with Soundscape Engineering for the summer, received the Leo Beranek Student Medal for Excellence in the Study of Noise Control award from the Institute of Noise Control Engineering (INCE). The award recognizes excellence in the study of noise control by undergraduate and graduate students at academic institutions in North America that have courses in noise control engineering. Dr. Andrew Barnard of Michigan Technological University nominated Anna for her outstanding work in constructing specialty loudspeakers for acoustics testing in a reverberation chamber.  

       

      In the fall, Anna will start her Master of Science in Architectural Engineering degree with a specialty in acoustics at the University of Nebraska, where her adviser will be Dr. Lily Wang, a well-known and respected researcher in acoustics and noise control.