Modern, urban fitness centers present a variety of noise and vibration challenges to the noise control engineer. Sound from amplified instructors and music can easily pass through typical commercial construction walls and floor/ceilings, impacting adjacent tenants. Careful planning including pre-design site visits along with a clear knowledge of the sound source can curtail acoustic problems and enable all spaces to be used as intended.

The Challenge

CorePower Yoga, a national yoga corporation, was interested in opening a new studio location in Miami’s financial center, Brickell, but was unsure in the challenges with meeting the noise and vibration requirements specified within their lease agreement. The proposed studio location would be within an existing building and most of the surrounding tenant spaces were already occupied. The studio would have adjacent tenants in the floor below, floor above, and to the side on the same floor. Therefore, it was unknown if their use would conflict with CorePower Yoga’s programming and if CorePower Yoga would disrupt their use.

Our Solution

Phoenix Noise & Vibration visited the proposed studio location to conduct noise measurements within the future studio space. These measurements consisted of Noise Isolation Class (NIC) testing of the existing wall partition and floor/ceiling assemblies separating the studio from the adjacent spaces. Observations were also made of any existing construction features that may lead to acoustical issues once occupied, such as the exterior window wall that enclosed the space, which would allow noise to pass from the studio space to adjacent tenant spaces.

The results of the NIC measurements and background noise levels within the adjacent tenant spaces were used to complete calculations to determine if CorePower Yoga would comply with the noise and vibration requirements within their lease. Due to previous project experience with CorePower Yoga, we were able to use measured noise levels from active yoga sessions to complete the calculations. Additionally, the architectural drawings for the studio were reviewed to provide noise and vibration mitigation recommendations.

Phoenix Noise & Vibration worked with the CorePower Yoga’s representatives and architect to determine the most feasible mitigation solutions to meet the studio’s lease requirements. This required special architectural details that were modified based upon on site observations. Acoustical products were also incorporated into the design of the studio to help provide the required level of mitigation.

The Results

CorePower Yoga was able to develop architectural drawings that incorporated noise and vibration mitigation details that will allow them to comply with their lease agreement and avoid future issues. If left unaccounted for, noise and vibration impact can lead to future headaches once a space is occupied and functioning, leading to greater costs in adapting effective mitigation solutions.

Project Details

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Acoustics, Fitness, Testing & Measurement
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