Acoustical design in architecture is designing a space with sound quality that meets its functional requirements. Reducing both noise and vibration is part of acoustical design. Sound quality and noise mitigation is a significant factor in the built environment. Our goal is to optimize the acoustical design according to building science, aesthetics and cost. Our designs optimize sound quality in a manner consistent with each project’s functional, design and budgetary requirements. By utilizing a proactive, collaborative design approach we are able to address the acoustical effect of all of the building systems on the built environment, and develop recommendations and performance criteria with the design team and project consultants. Our recommendations are provided early in the design phases and we remain involved through Construction Administration to verify that our recommended assembly details are executed properly in the field.
(Veneklasen Project Photo - Gerald Ford Amphitheater, Vail, CO )
As an acoustics firm, Veneklasen Associates is further differentiated by our environmental noise capabilities. This includes, but is not limited to, measurements and analysis for regulatory compliance and noise impact consultation for utilities, industrial and commercial development. Our role has ranged from recommendations specific to OSHA in the workplace to community noise analysis for EIRs. Our longevity in the environmental noise field provides us with a broad array of comparative data as well as extensive public outreach experience, often with sensitive community projects.
(Veneklasen Project Photo - San Onofre Nuclear Generator Station, Pendleton, CA )
Equipment vibration analysis can be used to determine Vibration Fatigue. Collecting and analyzing vibration data can be used over time to determine the cause of a failure or to predict when failure may occur. Equipment vibration analysis can be used in development of products or improve existing products. Veneklasen Associates provides onsite or in our Lab Equipment Vibration Analysis Services throughout the world.
(Veneklasen Project Photo)
In many industries the noise levels within the workplace are high. Every year, approximately 30 million people in the United States are occupationally exposed to hazardous noise. Noise-related hearing loss has been listed as one of the most prevalent occupational health concerns in the United States for more than 25 years. Exposure to high levels of noise can cause permanent hearing loss. Short term exposure to loud noise can also cause a temporary change in hearing (your ears may feel stuffed up) or a ringing in your ears (tinnitus). These short-term problems may go away within a few minutes or hours after leaving the noisy area. However, repeated exposures to loud noise can lead to permanent tinnitus and/or hearing loss.
Veneklasen Associates provides onsite Occupational Noise Assessments and Noise Management Services throughout the world.