Ensuring Compliance for Comparative Medical Research Building in Philadelphia

Comparative Medical Research Building


Comparative Medical Research Building


Philadelphia, PA


Ewing Cole

AKRF’s acoustical consulting group reviewed the design for the Comparative Medical Research Building, located on the Fox Chase Cancer Center campus in Philadelphia, in order to ensure compliance with stringent Philadelphia noise codes (which are very restrictive for hospital zones) and National Institute of Health (NIH) acoustical/vibration requirements/standards.

The proximity of this medical research building to existing residences required careful evaluation of emergency generator noise control options and alternatives, and performance specifications.

All equipment, including very large air-handlers and cooling towers, were evaluated in terms of impact on the surrounding outdoor areas, as well as indoor areas. The building will include laboratory facilities with vivarium spaces, which have pre-defined noise and vibration requirements as well.

Interior isolation construction and ventilation systems were evaluated based on vivarium requirements, with recommendations provided as needed to address NIH standards.

Acoustics, Noise & Vibration Overview