The following are typical acoustic and vibration issues associated with hospital projects:
WMA has worked on a variety of healthcare projects, ranging from small community doctor's offices to major medical centers with a half-billion dollar total budget. Samples of recent projects are listed below.
This project consisted of the design and construction of a 270,000-square-foot, seven-story, steel-framed building. Vibration sensitive equipment included linear accelerators, a simulator, CT/SIM, PET/CT, MRI, mammography, ultrasound, biopsy tables, and optical microscopes. The major mechanical systems are all installed on the roof. MWA was responsible for a floor vibration study as well as MEP noise and vibration control.
This project represented a series of small clinics where our firm was responsible for speech privacy between doctor's offices. The major issues included cost-effective wall types, sound transmission through other building elements (such as ceiling plenums, HVAC ducts, etc.), ambient noise control, and construction details. MWA also conducted post-construction sound testing.
This building is approximately 800,000 square feet. It consists of a 10-story tower above a six-story podium and four levels of parking. The podium stories have lobbies, retail spaces, executive suites, a conference center, diagnostic areas, imaging laboratories (MRI/CT equipment), operating rooms, a pharmacy, a dietary area, facility operations, etc. The maternity tower includes labor and delivery, ante-partum, post-partum, and neo-natal intensive care units (NICU). MWA was responsible for the full range of architectural acoustics, MEP system noise control and floor vibration analyses.
MWA is the acoustical consultant for this ongoing project consisting of a new Veteranís Affairs medical campus. This campus will include an outpatient clinic, columbarium, nature center, and extensive landscaping. The outpatient clinic is a two-story 162,000-square-foot space. MWA is responsible for sound isolation design, room acoustics design, MEP noise and vibration control, and speech privacy.
MWA is the acoustical consultant for the ongoing VA hospital project to replace the current facilities in Livermore, CA. The new facilities are in French Camp, CA and Fremont, CA. These sites include two community based outpatient clinics and a community living center, totaling 380,000 square feet. MWA is responsible for sound isolation design, room acoustics design, MEP noise and vibration control, and speech privacy.
This project includes tenant improvements on two existing two-story office buildings totaling 114,000 square feet. Located in these buildings are microbiology, molecular pathology, virology, and other vibration-sensitive laboratories. Major mechanical systems are added to the roof and yard. MWA conducted a floor vibration study and provided recommendations to meet the vibration criteria of sensitive equipment on existing floors without major structural modification.
The signature structure for the project is the 12-story, 720,000-square-foot patient tower. Clinical laboratories and other spaces are in the basement. Emergency care, laboratories, radiology, and other spaces are on Level 1. The Surgery center is on Level 2. Patient wards occupy most of the higher levels. The MEP systems are in the basement, sixth floor, and penthouse. A helicopter landing pad is located above a mechanical penthouse. MWA was responsible for the full range of architectural acoustics, MEP systems noise control, and floor vibration analyses.
This project includes the addition of an 180,000 square foot, six-story new wing to the existing hospital. All major mechanical systems are located on the roof above sensitive spaces, such as patient wards and operating rooms. MWA was responsible for all aspects of noise and vibration control.
This 404,000 square foot building has an 11-story tower above a three-level podium. The building includes patient wards, exam rooms, operating rooms, emergency services, laboratories, a two-story lobby, a small chapel, a helipad on the roof, and other spaces. Mei Wu Acoustics's responsibilities included the full range of architectural acoustics, mechanical system noise control, and floor vibration analysis.
This project consists of a 22,000-square-foot single-story building with related surface parking and site improvements. The building includes 24 inpatient psychiatric beds and a six-bed crisis stabilization unit. Our services include interior and environmental noise control, mechanical noise and vibration control. Due to the nature of the facility, acoustical recommendations have to comply with special safety requirements.