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.

Soundscape Engineering LLC is an engineering consulting firm specializing in acoustics, noise, and vibration control. We serve clients in Detroit and Southeast Michigan from our office in Ann Arbor. We are one of only two companies in Michigan, and the only company in Southeast Michigan, that has met the requirements for membership in the National Council of Acoustical Consultants. Firm Partners, Nathan Sevener and Mandy Kachur, are involved with every project, ensuring that clients receive responsive service, attention to detail, and practical recommendations. Ms. Kachur is a State of Michigan licensed engineer and a Board Certified Member of the Institute of Noise Control Engineering. She and Mr. Sevener have consulted on numerous projects in Southeast Michigan and throughout the State. Ms. Kachur can be contacted by phone or by sending an email to the inquiries address, below.

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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.