Friday, April 9 2021
Modern fitness centers, in today's urban and suburban environments, bring with them many design challenges, including location, lighting, flexibility, air-conditioning, and space efficiency. As is common with many space use designs, noise control is often misunderstood and given only marginal attention or, even worse, is ignored completely. Many of the most desirable fitness activities generate noise. This can significantly impact not only nearby occupied spaces but spaces two, three, and even four stories away from the fitness center. A properly designed fitness center must include noise control techniques that are effective. It is our goal to educate fitness center designers on the basics of modern fitness center noise and the fundamentals of fitness center noise control. Noise impact on building occupants disrupts work, sleep, and leisure time, which, in turn, adds stress, fatigue, and aggravation to daily life. Quiet environments promote good physical, mental, and spiritual health.
About the Presenter:
Scott Harvey, founder and president of Phoenix Noise & Vibration, has been working in the field of acoustics for 36 years. Holding a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, he first worked with Bruel & Kjaer instruments, manufacturer of precision instrumentation for measuring sound and vibration. Since 1990, he has been devoted to the field of acoustical engineering as it applies to the building industry. He is Board Certified by the Institute of Noise Control Engineers, a licensed professional engineer in both Maryland and Virginia, and holds memberships with the Acoustical Society of America, the National Council of Acoustical Consultants, and the National and Maryland Societies of Professional Engineers. Notable projects include the Suburban Hospital Expansion, Smithsonian Museum’s Renwick Gallery, National Institutes of Health – Building 50, FEMA Press Conference Room, Christiana Health Care Hospital, Three Metropolitan Park, Imagination Stage, and numerous transportation noise impact projects. Scott is currently overseeing five acoustical engineers that provide the highest quality services to architects, engineers, and developers of top performing living, work, education, and healthcare facilities.
- Understand basic noise metrics.
- Differentiate between airborne noise and structure borne noise.
- Identify the primary fitness center noise sources.
- Incorporate fundamental noise control techniques in fitness room design.