Acoustical Design Consulting for New Beacon High School of Performing Arts in Manhattan

Beacon High School


Beacon High School


New York City


New York City School Construction Authority

AKRF provided acoustical consulting services to help create a suitable environment for students at the proposed Beacon High School, a new performing arts high school for the New York City School Construction Authority (NYCSCA).

The proposed 232,000-gross-square-foot school will include classrooms, chorus/music rooms, recording rooms, cafeteria, auxiliary gym space and a gymnasium, library, science labs and an auditorium.

As the project acoustical consultant, AKRF:

  • Performed a detailed noise survey to determine acoustical performance requirements for the building’s façade
  • Examined environmental noise associated with mechanical equipment for purposes of New York City Noise Control Code (Section §24-227) and Mechanical Code (Section MC 926) compliance
  • Analyzed proposed mechanical systems and vibration isolation specifications, and provided recommendations to achieve design criteria within interior noise critical spaces
  • Reviewed partitions and provided recommendations to achieve necessary acoustical separation between adjacent interior spaces to maintain speech privacy levels
  • Detailed interior finishes required to maintain reverberation time levels
  • Provided acoustical design recommendations for the isolation of special spaces such as choral, instrumental music, exercise/dance/weight training, black box theater, gymnasium, and theater rooms


Acoustics, Noise & Vibration Overview