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68CE - Achieving Acoustic Design Objectives in Heritage Buildings

25 May 2018 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours

One of the challenges in the renovation or rehabilitation of a historic building is to adapt parts of the building to new functions. The traditional stone, brick and glass interior finishes are acoustically very hard, resulting in an uncomfortably reverberant space. Where the new function requires a quieter space, the challenge is to introduce acoustic materials which are respectful of the historic nature of the building. The existing construction may also present challenges related to sound transmission between interior spaces. This session will discuss how concepts in acoustic design specifically applies to historic building renovations. Example projects will be presented.

Learning Objectives

  1.  Develop an understanding of how sound moves throughout a building.
  2. Learn how to provide optimal acoustic finishes that will maintain the historic integrity of a building.
  3. Recognize challenges when relying on existing partitions to provide noise isolation.
  4. Understand, recognize and prevent common contractor mistakes during construction that can lead to disturbing and unwanted noise in historic buildings.


Michael Wesolowsky, PhD, P.Eng.

Michael Wesolowsky’s consulting experience includes involvement with a wide range of architectural projects such as healthcare facilities, university and research buildings, public service buildings and residential developments. He has published and presented several research papers in journals and international conferences. Michael is also a sessional faculty member in the Bachelor of Technology Program at McMaster University in Hamilton.

This session is sponsored by Permacon.