Mixed-use and multi-family projects can be some of the most complex to design and also present unique challenges resulting from the merging of energetic, vibrant and lively spaces with relaxed, peaceful, quiet spaces. In a mixed use project, a variety of commercial or even light industrial tenants can occupy the same building as multi-family residential or hospitality functions. A space designed for a quiet gallery, small office, coffee shop or yoga studio can often be changed to a restaurant occupant, outfitted with sound system and large high pressure kitchen exhaust systems or THX cinemas and even bowling alleys. Additionally, HVAC equipment serving lower floor commercial tenants is often placed on the roof above high end residential units with the most discerning of owners. The architect has to design the commercial spaces to accommodate a variety of tenants that could change from year to year.
Attempting to fix acoustical issues in mixed-use buildings after construction and occupancy can be both difficult and expensive. Whether new construction or remodeling an existing building, JCK Acoustics Group works directly with the design and construction team toward a successful project. When engaged early in the design process, cost for designing towards acceptable acoustic performance can be minimized. However, at times, depending on the space functions and desired acoustic quality, slightly higher initial costs can result, but the cost to resolve such problems after the fact is always higher.
JCK Acoustics Group is typically engaged to conduct site evaluations to ensure mixed-use developments integrate with surrounding neighborhoods and communities. Our experienced professionals assess and predict potential noise problems in mixed-use developments, analyzing the impact that entertainment, retail, commercial, and other spaces will have on one another and on neighboring spaces. We analyze the potential impact of building systems, tenant venues, traffic, and other noise and vibration sources, and design practical solutions suited for each function. Finally, we also help ensure the mixed-use development is compliant with all applicable local and regional municipal, county and state noise regulations and ordinances.